Washington, D.C. – Day 2

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This is the Capitol.  The old and new Houses of Representatives are on the left and the old and new Senates are on the right.  We saw the old buildings, because the new ones were off-limits due to security concerns.

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We were guided by Rep. Colleen Hanabusa’s staff assistant, Matthew Choy, who hails from Kaneohe, Hawaii.  He graduated from Yale with a degree in psychology, and has been on staff for 8 months.  He is half-Korean half-white (like my kids).

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This is Hanabusa’s office.

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This is Emancipation Hall.  See the gold statue of Kamehameha the Great on the right?

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Statue of Hawaiian King Kamehameha the Great.  Matt told us this is the heaviest and most popular statue in the Hall.

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Statue of St. Damien, shown in the late stage of leprosy.  I love St. Damien and the work he did for the patients on Molokai.

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This is the old Senate, which held fewer senators than now, because there were fewer states back in the 1800s.

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This is the old House of Representatives.

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Lunch at the Hilton with my blog friends and their husbands.  We had a great time, meeting in person for the first time.  (From left) Denise, me, Dianne, David (Dianne’s husband), Gregg (Denise’s husband), and David (my husband).

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Denise, me, and Dianne.

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Crab cake.

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Sticky Toffee Pudding (a British dessert, which I shared with Denise, who was born and raised in England).

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Arlington Cemetery:  The graves of JFK, Jacqueline, a stillborn daughter, and an infant son, Patrick.

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Tomb of the Unknown.

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Changing of the Guard.  Since 1948, this tomb has been guarded 24/7 in all kinds of weather.

It was a full and enjoyable day for both David and me.

TOMORROW:  Lunch with my Hawaii friends, Matt and Virginia, who now live in Virginia.  More touring later.

14 Responses to “Washington, D.C. – Day 2”

  1. Denise Says:

    Gregg and I want to thank you again for the marvelous lunch we had with you today. It was so much fun meeting you and David, and Dianne and David. A very special time for us and a great memory. Lovely seeing all the places you visited also. Enjoy your time tomorrow with your Hawaiian friends. Hopefully one of these days we’ll be back in Hawaii and show you the hospitality you shared with us today.

  2. DJan Says:

    It does look like it was a wonderful, full day. I love the statues, too! 🙂

  3. Christine Says:

    what a great day, thanks for the tour, and how nice to meet your blog friends over great food!

  4. Cathy Says:

    Good friends + good friends = good times. Did you enjoy the dessert or was it too sweet for you?

    There’s something special about a military cemetery – makes one aware of how many sacrifices were made.

  5. Olga Says:

    What fun. It must be interesting to meet friends for the first time. My favorite part of a trip to Washington, D.C. has always been the restaurants.

  6. SchmidleysScribbling Says:

    Thanks again from David and me for a wonderful meal and visit with you and David and Denise and Gregg at the Capital Hilton. BTW tell (your) David the Orient Express runs from Paris to Constantinople (Istanbul)…or did. I was thinking of the Trans-Siberian Railway which runs from Moscow to Vladivostok which (my) David’s dad worked with during WWI. Thanks again.

    Nice shot from the Tomb of the Unknown of our beautiful city. Dianne

  7. SchmidleysScribbling Says:

    Correction, the tomb of the unknown.

  8. Mage Bailey Says:

    Nice pictures of everyone, and thanks for posting them. 🙂

  9. Grannymar Says:

    What an interesting day you had in Washington. The lunch with blogging friends looks and sounds wonderful!

  10. The Laughing Housewife Says:

    I have always wanted to visit Washington DC. Thanks for sharing.

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