Time flies. We’ve been here in DC for over a month already! But because of Mark’s busy schedule and the cold weather, we still have not ventured out to explore the city too much. Several times we actually tried to go out to see one of the museums or something, but had to turn back because of the bitter cold temperature. Hopefully when spring comes we’ll get to see more of the city. But we have enjoyed our time here. We are getting to know more people at the church and getting more integrated into the church body. We even get to meet and spend time wtih some international students in the city, which has always been a great delight to both Mark and me.
You’re probably wondering what Lincoln and the Library have to do with anything I’ve said so far. Well, Mark had both Valentine’s Day and Presidents’ Day off earlier this month, so we grabbed the opportunity and visited a couple of major attractions in the city.
On Valentine’s Day we took a long walk to the Museum of American History to see the special Lincoln exhibition.
Lincoln’s life was indeed quite extraordinary. This visit was very educational for me; I learned a lot about American history.
Lincoln’s famous top hat.
We also saw the gigantic and extremely old flag that Francis Scott Key saw at Fort McHenry during the War of 1812 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Scott_Key), which inspired him to pen the “The Star Spangled Banner”. Unfortunately, no photography was allowed in this exhibition.
After the museum we went to the top of the Old Post Office Pavilion (http://www.oldpostofficedc.com/) for a great view of the city. It’s not as tall as the Washington Memorial. But there is no line going up, and it’s not nearly as crowded as in the Memorial.
Two days later, on Presidents’ Day, we visited the Library of Congress. I have always wanted to go inside, but it’s such an intimidating building I did not want to go by myself. The library did not dissapoint. The Jefferson Building was magnificent! I am no photographer, so the pictures really don’t do it justice to the beauty of the interior of the building.
The famous dome in the main reading room. Because it was Presidents’ Day, the library was actually closed. But they opened up the main reading room to the public, which is otherwise closed to the public normally. So we got to go in and take as many pictures as we’d like.
If you have seen the movie “National Treasure: Book of Secrets” you’ll know that the Library plays an important role in the movie. Here on the screen Nicholas Cage is talking about filming the movie in the Library.
I think I should totally work in this library (not until I get my work permit, of course…).