I love to go to museums by myself because I can go at my own pace, explore and study the Art that I enjoy. Now after stating this I would never turn down the chance to go to a museum with anyone who would like to go.
One of my favorite things about Washington D.C. are the multitude of Museums. It is difficult to get through them all in a week let alone two days. So I picked the ones that I had not been through yet.
Monday morning was cold and dreary. It was a great day to be spent indoors. Armed with cold medicine, plenty of Kleenex and cough drops, I was ready to put a dent into a few of the museums on the Mall.
It was 9:30 when I arrived and the museums weren't open yet. I wandered over to the US Capitol building to pass the time for a bit. The front steps were closed, they were preparing them for the Inauguration (YIPPEE!) I roamed around for a bit and then noticed the U.S. Botanic Gardens, It was the perfect place to warm up and see beautiful flowers. The plants and flowers were amazing.
Afterwards I walked over to the east wing of the National Gallery to spend time with with the likes of Matisse, Picasso, Kandinsky, and Braque and the exhibition from Pompeii. After seeing everything I could possibly see I went down to the cafeteria and ate a bland piece of pizza, I needed nourishment for the west wing.
The West Wing of the Gallery is huge. Most people have never seen every piece of work but I was determined to. I spent several hours and managed to see every room. I only managed to get lost once.
I then walked over to the Natural History Museum. At this point I was waning a bit but I really wanted to see this one. It was really crowded! I managed to see most of what I wanted to. However large school groups of adolescents (a nightmare of mine something about squealing girls) and my cold medicine waring off I decided that it was time to call it a day.
I wandered through the sculpture garden up to a Starbucks for something warm to drink. It was nice to sit and relax. My wanderings brought me close to the White House so I stopped by to wave farewell.
It was a fantastic but exhausting day.
Tuesday I started again. I rode the Metro in for the National Portrait Gallery. This is not on the Mall but I highly recommend it. It is a gorgeous building with much to see. The Hall of Presidents is amazing.
It was a drizzly day as I walked out side to find something to eat it started to pour. I didn't care I really like the rain. It was Tuesday and Starbucks was giving out free drinks to those who voted. So I went and enjoyed a Hot Chocolate as I watched the world go by. It is very interesting to watch people in the rain.
Afterwards I trekked down to the Holocaust Museum. I am so happy that I was able to fit this one in. It is such a sobering experience.
I headed back in time for the election results to start coming in. There was an electricity in the air and I was giddy with anticipation (that is between hacking my lungs up). With Pizza ordered in Dave, Brooke and I started the long night glued to the T.V. If I were only feeling better I would have loved to be down by the White House. It was the perfect ending to two great days spent the way I wanted.
The pictures below are from the first day. For some reason I didn't take any pictures on the second day. It wasn't necessary.