On our next day of sightseeing, we took the Metro (which is really nice once you figure it out) into the Federal District, popping out of a hole in the ground next to the Ronald Reagan Building. Travelling with the kids only gets better with time. We had 4 small backpacks with several water bottles and lots of snacks. (Reasonable food around the Smithsonian is hard to find. $5.00, nausea-inducing hot dogs and $3.00, 8 oz lemonades are everywhere.)
We got to see the White House from the outside. Here is our picture. Since we are not Japanese, we are not actually in the picture.
We walked past the Washington Monument and over to the World War II Memorial, then the Lincoln Memorial. Here we are in front of the Lincoln Memorial.
After that we saw the Korean War Memorial. This is cool, and most of you don’t know what it looks like, so here it is:
By now it was 95 degrees and very humid. Then we headed to the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, where we had lunch in the basement cafeteria. Yikes, that was expensive. Pizza was $5.50 per slice. Luckily, the Smithsonian is free so if you have to eat there, just think of it as making a donation to the place. (If you have 5 kids, that’s a LARGE donation.)
We saw the Museum of Natural History in one afternoon, which meant that we saw the fossils and the gems and minerals and not much else. Gems and Minerals is one of the best parts of the Museum, as the Hope Diamond is there. The dinosaur section is really no bigger than the Carnegie Museum, but there may be more non-dinosaur fossils. Here are a few pictures:
We told Chris if he didn’t behave, the dinosaurs would come to life. My first full length book will be titled “Parenting Through Deception and Terror.”
Diamonds are a girl’s best friend…
But this amethyst formation is easier to photograph.
We missed the chance to see “Night At the Museum” at the museum’s IMAX Theatre. It has to wait for Netflix.