It was a pretty grey day when we arrived in Washington DC, and wandered along The Mall. The pointy Washington Memorial is pretty noticeable from anywhere on the mall, and surrounded by American flags and cherry blossom trees. The obelisk was finished in 1888 to honour President George Washington. The Memorial has been closed since December 2016 (until 2019) to fix the lift system. I did managed to get a few comedy selfies.
Heading due West you hit the Reflecting Pool and then the Lincoln Memorial. The Lincoln Memorial is more what you would expect from a Memorial than the Washington one, but then takes a bit more finding. It’s a Greek style, columned building, inside there’s a larger than life (actually he was pretty tall) statue of Lincoln and panels of Lincoln famous speeches chiseled into the walls. Apparently, Martin Luther King Jnr gave his ‘I Have A Dream Speech’ here in 1963.
And, of course, we also caught a glimpse of The White House! We were a little disappointed at first because there was something going down and security had roped everything off. We don’t think it was anything too exciting, more likely to be an important visitor arriving or leaving. So we wandered down the rest of The Mall and then back again. By the time we got back we could get a lot closer, and enjoyed some of the protests outside. I seem to recall that one guy kept banging a drum or something extremely annoying, and I felt quite sorry for the security guys having to listen to it all day.