Happy Tuesday everyone! For today’s post, I am going to be discussing one of my favorite places to travel to during the fall time! Recently I took my annual trip down to Washington D.C/Georgetown and had the best time. This is one of those areas I just can’t seem to get enough of. I love the history, the food, and of course all the amazing shops and sights. Last year I told you all what you should do if you ever plan a trip but today I am going to spice it up. I want to share why I love this place so much and why it means to much to me.
My story begins with one of my all time favorite things to do (ever); going to the Lincoln Memorial at night (yes, it is much more of a special, savoring moment going at night for me personally). To the locals this is right up there with one of the more touristy things you could possibly do. To the tourists, this is something that should and must be done with a thousand pictures at least and staying for a duration of maybe five minutes top. For me, this is one of the most breathtaking, magical places outside of Disney World. There is two angles you can stand to see two completely different viewpoints when you go here. The first is to look from the steps of the memorial directly across the reflecting pool to the Capitol Building. There is an odd sense of clarity when you gaze at it as if you could almost look directly through the building and see the president, congressmen, even the secret service. This is my favorite view to look at in D.C. let alone one of my favorites in the world. To think, so much is going on as you sit on the marble steps of one of the most important memorials in United States, as only a little bit away, past the reflecting pool, past the Washington Monument and all the Smithsonian Museums, history is still in the making.
The other angle you can look at is directly behind you. Mr. Lincoln himself. Every time I go and see him he’s always larger than I remembered. It is as though he is engulfing you and everyone else in his proximity. You look at him, you look at the craft and detail of each and every column enclosing him. The events that took place right where you are sitting. It’s hard to imagine anything more empowering. Finally, we of course can not forget the planes taking off every 39 seconds (yes, we counted) going directly above the memorial from Reagan Airport; the feeling that life never stops to take a minute, it keeps on moving forward. There is something to be said about a place you can go to that not only has history to view, but is making new history simultaneously.
While this is not my usual post of sharing my favorite places to eat, shops to stop into, I feel this one is much more important. There is so much occurring in this country right now and so much we as Americans have fallen ignorant to. It is not only humbling for me to go to the place where so much of this political uproar is occurring but also inspiring. Whether or not you believe there needs to be a change or not, the idea of change itself must be acknowledged and I feel there is no better place to do that than the place it is occurring. So yes this trip is important to me, it always will be, always should be for anyone who ventures to this wonderland we call the epicenter of this country.
Quote of the Day:
“In the end we will remember not the words our enemies, but the silence of our friends” –Martin Luther King Jr.