History and Cherry Blossoms, April 3, 2011

Posted on April 9, 2011. Filed under: History, Travel |

Magnolia Blossoms Along the Tidal Basin, Washington, D.C.

Magnolia Blossoms Along the Tidal Basin, Washington, D.C.

Looking Up at the Iwo Jima Memorial, Arlington, VA

Looking Up at the Iwo Jima Memorial, Arlington, VA

Jefferson Memorial Through the Cherry Blossoms, Washington, D.C.

Jefferson Memorial Through the Cherry Blossoms, Washington, D.C.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Statue, Roosevelt Memorial, Washington, D.C.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Statue, Roosevelt Memorial, Washington, D.C.

Cherry Blossoms Along the Tidal Basin, Washington, D.C.

Cherry Blossoms Along the Tidal Basin, Washington, D.C.

Eleanor Roosevelt Statue, Roosevelt Memorial, Washington, D.C.

Eleanor Roosevelt Statue, Roosevelt Memorial, Washington, D.C.

Washington Monument Cherryscape, Washington, D.C.

Washington Monument Cherryscape, Washington, D.C.

Photos copyright 2011 VisualInfo.Biz, Inc.

Locals by transplant, Chris and I became tourists last Sunday, April 3, probably the best day in 2011 to view the almost four thousand cherry trees in full bloom around the Tidal Basin. Washington, D.C. was so jam-packed with tourists and traffic that our bus could not make all the stops on the itinerary. Still, it was exciting to be among the throngs of people from all over the world.

We took a bus tour where we stopped at several attractions. We got out at each destination, walked along the gounds, and listened to our guide, Ralph. We walked along the Jefferson Memorial, the Roosevelt Memorial, the Iwo Jima Memorial, and the D.C. wharf down on the Potomac River.

On the tour we learned that historical documents from the National Archives were lowered fifteen feet below the ground into a sealed vault for security on 09/11/2001.

Also Ralph told us that President Grant smoked cigars in the Williard Hotel lobby near the White House because his staff didn’t like them. He would cut deals with movers and shakers there in the Williard Hotel lobby — this was the origin of the term “lobbyist.”

The Smithsonian Institution was created from $500,000 willed by a British scientist named James Smithson. James Smithson was born illegitimate, worked himself up through an impressive scientific career, and had never been to the United States.

The Roosevelt Memorial — very inspiring and peaceful to walk through — is the largest Washington, D.C. memorial, sixteen acres in size.

As we drove through the crowded streets that included homeless people’s belongings, Ralph noted that there are about 6,500 homeless peope in Washington, D.C.

One good tip Ralph gave us is that the best hotel deal in Washington, D.C. is the historic Hotel Harrington, which never charges more than $128 per room.

I know most people rave about the cherry blossoms, but I have always been captivated by the magnolia flowers since I moved to the Washington, D.C. area from New England and New York state. Magnolia trees seem so southern to me.

It was a fun and relaxing day. We always like learning a few facts along with enjoying scenic beauty and getting good exercise.

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Love the pictures…nothing like DC in the Spring…

Nona


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