Hi Bryer! My name is Jen and Flat Stanley came to visit me in Washington, DC. I want to tell you a little bit about what we did.
First, we went to the National Cathedral. It is an Episcopal church and is 100 years old. Its real name is the Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, but everyone just calls it the National Cathedral. It is the sixth largest cathedral in the world and the second largest in the United States!
Next we stopped at the Naval Observatory. This is where the Vice President lives. We couldn’t see his house because of the security gates, but we took a picture with the sign.
The next thing we decided to do was walk down Massachusetts Avenue. Flat Stanley noticed that lots of streets in Washington, DC are named after states. (We looked for Arkansas, but we couldn’t find it.) Massachusetts Avenue is also called “Embassy Row” because many different countries have their embassies here.
We saw lots of different embassies with their flags:
- Ivory Coast
Whew! That was a lot of walking! Another interesting part of Embassy Row is that there is an Islamic Mosque there. A Mosque is a church for Muslim people.
As we were looking at all of the embassies, a helicopter flew by. It’s very small in the picture, but it is one of the helicopters that the President uses! We aren’t sure if he was in there, but we waved at him anyway.
As we walked up to the metro, which is the underground train, we walked past Florida Avenue and we decided to take a picture with as many state streets as we could find. We also passed a statue of Gandhi, who was a very important man in India. He helped India gain their independence from Britain.
We went down the long escalator at Dupont Circle and rode the metro to the National Mall, where lots of monuments and memorials are. The first things we saw when we got off the train were Park Police on horses! We walked all the way to the end of the Mall and saw the Capitol Building. Then we walked back and saw the Archives Building, where important documents like the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence are kept safe.
At the other end of the Mall is the Washington Monument. As we were taking pictures with that, a Presidential Motorcade drove by! That was very exciting. The cars are very small and you can barely see them in the picture, but they went into the White House so we think that really was the President!
After the Washington Monument, we went to the World War II Memorial. This is one of the newest memorials and it is very nice. We found the Arkansas wreath and took a picture with that. You can also see the Washington Monument from the memorial, so we took some pictures of those together.
Next, we walked down to the Lincoln Memorial. You have probably seen this one before—it’s on the back of a penny! Between the World War II Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial is the Reflecting Pool. When there is no wind, you can see the Washington Monument in the pool like it is a mirror. It was pretty windy today, so it isn’t that clear, but you can still see it. We went into the Lincoln Memorial and got a close up picture with Abraham Lincoln.
Then we decided to walk towards the White House. On the way, we passed another state street – Virginia. You can see the Washington Monument in the background. As we went toward the White House, we walked past a mailbox that looked like R2D2! That was pretty neat. We also passed the American Red Cross National Headquarters. Then we were finally at the White House. There is a lot of security there, so we couldn’t get a close up, but we did the best we could.
After the White House, it was time to head back home. On our way back to the metro, we passed the Treasury Department, which is basically in charge of all of the money and banks in the United States. Then we got back on the metro and rode home.
My office is by the preschool at work and when the preschool kids saw Flat Stanley, they wanted to know all about him. I told them his story and they thought he might get lonely, so they drew him some friends. We took pictures with them, too, so you could see. They were very excited to know that they might get to do that in school when they are big kids!
Today, we decided that we didn’t get to see enough, so we went back downtown! We took a picture of Flat Stanley in the train station and a train came just as we were taking it, so we got a picture of that, too. This time, we decided to go see the Capitol Building up close. When we got out of the train station, we had to take a little walk. On our way, we passed one of the buildings where the United States Representatives have their offices. Then we walked past the Library of Congress, which is the largest library in the world! They have over 20 million books there. They also have a really pretty fountain out front that we took a picture with. We also passed the Supreme Court, which is the highest court in the United States. After two more state streets (Maryland and New Jersey) we were finally at The Capitol Building! The Capitol Building is where our congress people (Representatives and Senators) work to make laws. The statue on top of the dome is called Lady Liberty. From the Capitol, we looked all the way down the mall and could see the Washington Monument. It looked very small from that far away.
After the Capitol Building, we walked over to the National Botanic Gardens. The Botanic Gardens have about 4,000 plants for people to see. We took a picture of Flat Stanley with some of the pretty flowers inside, but then we had to put the camera away because it started raining on us! (They actually just turned on the sprinkler system to water all the plants, but it sure felt like it was raining on us!)
The next place we went was the National Museum of the American Indian. This is the newest museum in Washington DC and it opened just a few years ago. Inside we saw a statue of an Indian man with a bow and arrow, a hand-made boat, and a big mask. Flat Stanley really liked the ceiling, which looked like lots of circles with a hole in the middle where you could see the sky. Outside of the museum was a waterfall that we took a picture with.
Our next stop was the Air and Space Museum, which is one of the most popular museums. We saw space rockets and some planes from World War II. We also saw a new exhibit being made. It had lots of airplanes hung up with sheets over them. Maybe Flat Stanley will have to come back and visit when that exhibit is finally open! Flat Stanley also got to touch part of a moon rock, but the picture didn’t come out very well. Another neat thing we saw in there was Kermit the Frog! (The museum where Kermit usually is, the American History Museum, is being fixed up so they moved some of the things to other museums.)
It was time to head back to the metro station, but instead of walking on the sidewalk, we decided to walk through the Hirshorn Museum Sculpture Garden. The Hirshorn Museum has lots of modern art and some of the statues we saw were very interesting. We also took a picture with the Hirshorn Building. There is a sculpture out front of it that looks like a little bit like bacon! On our way back to the metro, we also passed the carousel and the original Smithsonian Museum. Some people call that building the Smithsonian Castle—can you tell why?
That was the end of our trip! I had a lot of fun with Flat Stanley and I hope you have fun learning about all the things he visited!