Tuesday, February 12, 2013

So. Many. Tourist attractions.

First things first, this is going to be picture heavy, y'all. Brace yourselves.

So my second full day in DC started with Agatha Goodkin and I deciding that as the sun was shining and it was meant to be Not Freezing, we should take advantage of it and go to the zoo. Because the zoo in Washington is part of the Smithsonian, and is therefore free. Also because of PANDAS YAY PANDAS:

The pandas were seriously adorable, and we spent about half an hour just watching them eat bamboo and periodically wander around their enclosure. Eventually, we dragged ourselves away because the zoo had other spectacular things too. Like the best named otters EVER:
I mean, COME ON. 

And the most fabulous entrance to a reptile house that I've ever seen in my entire life:

And a sloth that was MOVING (Agatha Goodkin LOVES sloths, and as such nearly had kittens over the fact that it was moving):
The zookeeper was VERY nervous, because she's an old lady sloth and
there was nothing below her but 50 feet of empty space.

And, ya know, the usual stuff:

So basically, it was awesome and free, although filled with rather more joggers and hills than we'd anticipated.

The following morning, we had to be up, showered, dressed, breakfasted, and sitting on the bus by EIGHT THIRTY. That was painful, let me tell you. We were in for a FULL DAY of sightseeing around Washington, which turned out to be about 20% sightseeing, 30% sitting on the bus driving between places, and 50% me banging my head against the seat in front of me as our tour leader tried to explain history.

Tour leader: "So next, we'll be going to Mount Vernon, which was George Washington's house. George Washington was the NUMBER ONE president, and he helped America fight against the British at around the time the First Fleet arrived in Australia."
Me: *headdesk forever*

Also, Thomas Jefferson apparently wrote the Bill of Rights single-handedly.
Nikki, you're welcome.

Anyway, we started out with a trip to Congress. And by that I mean we stood around outside in the freezing cold for 15 minutes taking photos, and then got back on the bus.

Then we did the same at the Jefferson Memorial:

And the FDR Memorial (where I mostly took pictures of the views to the other memorials):

And the Martin Luther King Memorial:

Then we drove all the way out to Mount Vernon for about FORTY FIVE MINUTES, half of which was taken up with a truly terrible film about George Washington's life. And what made it even worse what that Sebastian Roche was playing George Washington. He's been in a bunch of stuff, but I just know him as Balthazar from Supernatural, and as such kept expecting him to say that he'd stopped the Titanic from sinking so that he didn't have to listen to that stupid Celine Dion song any more.

So that was confusing. Basically, we drove all the way out to Mount Vernon, had a tour of the house, and then drove all the way back into DC again. Where we had lunch at the food court of Union Station.

But considering I've already used about five gazillion pictures in this post, and I'm sure you're all bored senseless, we might save the rest of the day for another time...


K xx


  1. Hahahaha I love that all the otters are named after food except KEVIN.

    Sorry you seem to encounter an assortment of very dumb Americans every time you come to the U.S.

    1. The tour leader, sadly, was Australian. And has been running the tour for 13 years. And STILL has a very limited grasp on history. I half want to volunteer to run the tour myself next year!

  2. "Hi! My names Pork Chop, this is my sister Peaches...and over there is my brother Kevin. He's the black sheep of the family, best to ignore him"

    I'm guessing he was the inspiration behind 'We Need to Talk About Kevin'

    I'm loving the history lessons from the tour guides...Very informative. At any point did anyone tell you that Disney's Pocahontas is 110% accurate? Because it TOTES is.

    1. RIGHT?! Poor little Kevin. Stuck with the weird nonsensical name...

      And it honestly wouldn't surprise me. He suggested that we watch Independence Day to become familiar with Washington landmarks.

  3. Mt Vernon is stunning, it has a really interesting architectural history too. I'm jealous :-).

    I love your pictures of DC during winter - looks much more picturesque than when it was 40°C!

    1. It was both picturesque and BLOODY FREEZING. Also, I wish we'd had at least an hour longer at Mt Vernon than we did. SIGH.

  4. Poor Kevin, the only otter not to be named after food. Or maybe lucky Kevin, because he's the only otter who's not going to be eaten by the zookeepers.

  5. Poor knowledge of history is always a perfect excuse to use Benedict.

    Anything is a good excuse to use Benedict. Because more his face = happy.


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