Winter has officially started and on cold days like these, when I am walking in city wearing a winter jacket, a thick scarf and gloves. My mind drifts away to the warm sunny days when I was in Washington D.C.
In my last post, I talked about my holiday to New York. But during my trip, I also visited Washington D.C. Growing up watching American television, I had seen a lot of movies and series about Washington D.C. and because of this, I really looked forward to seeing the city and its famous buildings and landmarks.
First stop during my visit was to the United States Capitol. I love how the Capitol Dome is visible from different parts of the city.
|United States Capitol|
Next to the Capital there is the beautiful United States botanic garden. It was impressive to see so many plants from different parts of the world in one place.
|United States Botanic Garden|
From the Capitol, there is the National Mall, a park that directly connects to the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial. It is a beautiful location to sit and relax or maybe even have a picnic. When you are in the park it feels like your in the center of Washington D.C. overlooking all the monuments.
|National Mall with a view of the Unites Capital Dome in the background|
|National Mall with a view of the Lincoln Memorial & Reflecting Pool in the background|
With 19 museums in Washington D.C. It is hard to spend some time there and not visit at least one museum. Being of Afro-Caribbean descent, as soon as I heard that there was an African American museum, I knew I had to visit it. This because the history of African Americans is deeply connected to that Afro-Caribbeans.
|The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History And Culture|
The visit to the African American History And Culture gave me a deeper understanding of the relationship between the history of forced African migration and its impact in culture. That even though slavery has been abolished. There are customs and traditions passed down through generations like for example story telling, cooking and sewing which are a big part of African-American and Afro-Caribbean culture that is directly tied to the lifestyle of slaves and ex-slaves.
|Inside the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History And Culture|
A trip Washington DC is not complete without a visit to the White House, official residence of the President of the United States. To my shock, the White House was much smaller than I had expected. On television it always seemed so big as most of the time it would take up the entire screen, but having been to the London and visited the Buckingham Palace, I was quite underwhelmed seeing the White House. But I guess, I should not be comparing a house to a palace.
While I reminisce on my holiday in the United States this year. I also look forward to the adventures ahead in 2018.
Happy Holidays !
Stay Fashionable, Miss George