Another sunny day dawned in Washington D.C. and another day of sight seeing lay ahead.  As we were so close to the US Capitol building, it felt such a shame not to go and have a closer look.  It happened to be the day after the mini tornado and so there were lots of trees and branches littering Union Station Plaza.  On the way to the Capitol building we passed a number of impressive government buildings including the Jefferson building and the Supreme Court.

We found ourselves on E Capitol Street where we could see the Folger Shakespeare Library.  As SBA is studying to be an actor and her dad a theatre buff as well as liking Shakespeare, it was only right that we go and have a look in the library.  We entered into a small reception area that led to the theatre in front of you.  As it was a Sunday morning there were no performances, so we were able to go and have a look inside.  It was such a lovely little theatre.  SBA dreams of playing on the RSC stage she couldn’t resist having her photo taken on the stage steps.  During our visit there was an exhibition of London, which we had a look at.

Heading out into the morning sunshine we made our way to the US Capitol building.  The view from our hotel and walking near the building is impressive enough, but actually being right beside it you really get a sense of this imposing building.  Hard to imagine that on August 24 1814 the British nearly burnt down this and the White House.  We didn’t go into the building but you can do.  Something for the next time I visit.

We walked around the side of the building to the front, where preparations were being made for a concert, making our way past the Capitol Reflecting Pool, Peace Monument, Ulysses S Grant memorial and James A Garfield monument.  Next stop for SBA and myself was the National Museum of American History.

Lula Belle x



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