Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Weekend Washington Tour

Recently my husband and I took our two youngest daughters sightseeing in our home town, Washington D.C. We had just finished a unit study on Native Americans in school and thought it might be fun to go downtown and see the National Museum of the American Indian so that's where the tour begins.

The picture doesn't do justice to the sculpture. We enjoyed searching for different animals tucked into this 360 degree piece of art.

The girls learned about cradleboards when they were studying Indian culture.

After spending some time learning about Native Indians, we decided to hit a Washington DC landmark eatery...

Ben's Chili Bowl!

You can learn more about this amazing diner here:

Lunch was the perfect pick-me-up so we drove back downtown to the Library of Congress, just across the street from the Capitol.

Front entrance facing the east side of the Captiol.

One of my cherubs peeking out from behind the others.

The ceiling...

The quotes...

Handwritten music by Gershwin...

The Grandeur!

As you can see, the sun was setting, but we were still up for one more adventure.

We went to check out Eastern Market.

This is a public market housed in a 19th century brick building. It has the feel of an enclosed farmer's market and if you visit on the weekend, the market overflows with vendors and people enjoying a community breakfast together. The market was badly damaged by fire in 2007. Supported by the community it was restored and reopened in June 2009. It's an off-the-beaten-trail landmark of Washington D.C.

We visited on a quiet evening just as they were beginning to close for the day, but we came away with tasty meats and yummy cupcakes. It was the perfect ending to our sightseeing tour!

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