The Kennedy Center

We had another tour set up by our Congressman while were in DC.  It was at the Kennedy Center and I really hadn’t thought much about what we would or wouldn’t see when we went.  As you enter you are greeted by a gallery of flags. 

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It was for me, just a regular tour as far as tours go.  We were able to see some interesting things and some behind the scenes things as well.  We were able to see one of the auditoriums but were unable to see the main one as they were preparing for some sort of performance. 

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Here’s a cool shot of the seats.  They were pretty comfy.

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What do you notice when you tour somewhere?  I tend to notice or take an interest in things other than what are pointed out for us.  Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the docents sharing with us the history and interesting anecdotes etc.  I just tend to see some other things that many folks miss. 

Like the lights.  I love chandeliers and unusual lighting. 

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We walked out onto a terrace where they often have parties.  It had a wonderful view.

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As you look to the right of the terrace you will notice some buildings.  One of them is the Watergate Hotel. 

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Part of the tour included the opportunity to see a performance.  I thought we would be seeing this in one of the auditoriums but it was actually held in an area off of the main foyer. 

Again, some cool chandeliers.

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Our tour ended and we hurried to get in line for the free performance.  We were told that it gets crowded and they were right. 

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As part of its effort to make the performing arts available to everyone, the Kennedy Center offers a free performance every day on the Millennium Stage in the Grand Foyer.  These performances of music, theater, and dance feature emerging and established artists from the Washington area, across the nation, and around the world.  For more info you can go to Kennedy Center Millennium Stage

Our performance featured Peter Horr, Violoncello and Henri Sigfridsson, Piano. 

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The gift shop is always one of my favorite places to visit. 

 

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They had these beautiful miniature dresses.  I so wanted to get these even though I have no practical use for them. 

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I’m not a trained ballet dancer but I totally wanted to buy these shoes and wear them.  They just look so awesome to me.

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They had a cool patch that I bought to add to my collection.  🙂 

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Another cool thing that I found was this awesome payphone!!  When was the last time you saw one of those?  It even had phonebooks!  I was doing a ::happy dance:: 

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Have you ever been to the Kennedy Center?

What cool things have you seen on your latest trip?

(((hugs))) ~lisa

 

 

 

 

The White House…and our non-tour of it…

Because of the sequestration we were not able to take a tour of the White House.  Now please don’t think this post is an open invitation for a debate on politics.  This post is merely a description of my very brief visit to the White House.  Here goes…

TA DAH!!!  We are on our tour of the front of the White House!  WoooHooo!!  This was as close as we could get and would have to do.  I was disappointed but hey…stuff happens.

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It’s really a very beautiful building. 

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I’m not sure what this was about…

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I don’t even remember if the scroll was written in English or not.  Just kind of interesting seeing this right on one of the streets. 

And I don’t know what this was about either…

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The lady “manning” the display was nice.  Chatted with the guy in the pic for a bit but I never really understood what the issue was. 

One of the things that I LOVE about travel is the different and interesting things that you can see.  Much different than where I am from but that is what makes travel so awesome.

And there were folks on segues.  I may have to try it sometime.  I think I might feel kind of silly until I got the hang of it.  But even then I might still feel silly.  Or I might feel super cool and important.  I guess I’ll just have to try it and see.

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I really wish we had been able to tour the White House.  It would have been cool but I’m sure we’ll visit again and then maybe we’ll get our chance. 

  • Have you ever toured the White House?
  • Have you ever visited DC? 
  • What are your travel plans for the coming year?

(((hugs))) ~lisa

The Smithsonian National Postal Museum

My husband is a retired mailman and the trip to DC was his retirement trip, so of course we just had to visit the Smithsonian National Postal Museum

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The National Postal Museum, a Smithsonian Institution museum, is located in the old Post Office building next to Union Station in Washington, D.C. The Museum was created by an agreement between the Smithsonian Institution and the United States Postal Service in 1990 and opened to the public in 1993.

Museum Hours
The Museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., except December 25. Admission is free.

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-Photo of a card provided at the National Postal Museum store

As we rode the escalator down to the museum, the first thing that caught my eye was an LLV – Long Life Vehicle.  This is the type of vehicle that my husband drove for the last 15 or so of his 29+ years with the United States Postal Service

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Of course they also had a mailbox.  For his retirement party I made one of these out of cardboard to hold all his retirement congratulations cards. 

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My version of the mailbox, which I think turned out pretty good if I do say so myself.

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Here is Benjamin Franklin, First Postmaster General.

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They had lots of cool displays and here are some things that caught my eye.

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One of the permanent exhibits that they have, that I particularly enjoyed, was the Mail Call exhibit.  Mail Call explores how the military postal system works and why the mail is an important resource.  Types of mail, transportation methods, and postal workers have all changed over time.  Through innovations in technology and organization, mail has become more diverse and military mail services more reliable. 

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An example of a “Post Office” on a Navy ship. 

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This exhibit hit closer to home as I am a military mom.  The role of the Post Office takes on a greater importance when the mail becomes one of your primary sources of connecting with your loved one. 

One of the activities that they had was a mail sorting “game”.  Marvin tried his hand at it and he did pretty good!

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-Photo of a card provided at the National Postal Museum store

I played a “sorting game” with this vintage machine.  You had to push certain buttons to sort the mail.

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As you can see, I sent most of the letters on the right path.  Yea me!!

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Marvin posing with Mr. Zip

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Me with Mr. Zip. 

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We had a lot of fun and if you have time I recommend stopping by as there are lots of interactive displays to enjoy with your family. 

  • What museums have you seen recently?
  • When is the last time you mailed a letter? 

(((hugs))) ~lisa