Friday, February 25, 2011

Visitors - Fran and John

John, Fran, Kathryn, and I in front of the White House.

Kathryn's parents came for a visit over President's Day weekend. Kathryn and I also had the day off on Friday, so we were able to spend plenty of quality time exploring DC.

My favorite activity for visitors, a night time tour of the monuments. (Driver accepts tips.)

A friend of ours from SLU gave us a tour of the Capitol on Friday. This is The Apotheosis of Washington in the rotunda.

Here we are in Statuary Hall.

Our friend Jim showing us a set of doors that were commissioned but never used (government spending).

Kathryn took this picture at Arlington Cemetery. I plan to use it as the cover picture for my novel.

In addition to the Changing of the Guard at Arlington, we saw a wreath laying ceremony with some pretty impressive bugle playing.

Kathryn and her folks in DuPont Circle.

When we were at the White House, these folks were protesting the Iranian government. Given all the political upheavals (and attempted ones) currently, this may make for a memorable photo.

Sunday, we went to mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

The Basilica is really impressive.

I never knew that the front of the Smithsonian American Indian museum was supposed to look like a face. Can you see it?

The last day of the trip also included a visit to Ford's Theater, although we barely made it in before closing.

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