I've watched all 12 seasons of Bones (Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz) at least three times, which was a DC-based TV series. I have always wanted to see these iconic locations in DC in person as a huge fan of the show -- watching it for 12 years. Thankfully, I got to see a bit of Washington, DC while visiting family in New York City this summer.
The weather was dreary on the very day we arrived. It rained cats and dogs that I didn't get to see much of the country's capital. Still, I'm thankful my Achi (eldest sister) and Kuya (brother) were so kind to drive in the early (like still dark) morning hours from NYC so we could have the entire day in DC.
The White House
No matter the weather and the reason for visiting DC, the iconic building where US Presidents call home since John Adams sat in office was, is and will always be a definite must see. Despite the despicable one who's living there now, it still is, but I digress.
The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture is the only museum devoted exclusively for the documentation of African-American life, history and culture. There's another one for Native American's, which is also in DC. It's a beautiful, interesting structure that you won't miss on the way to the Washington Monument.
The monument was built in honor of George Washington. I cannot count the number of times I have seen this view on Bones TV from below and from above. The structure is iconic and reminiscent of Egyptian obelisks.
Earlier this year, I was able to visit the World War 1 Museum and Memorial when I traveled to Kansas City, MO. It was a beautiful and humbling experience to see both memorials commemorating and honoring our shared history and those who suffered and died so we could live free and travel the world today. On a dull and bleak day we visited, it added even more to mixed feelings of gratitude, respect, somber mood, and a deep hope that these two (2) will be the last of their kind.
When we arrived at the Lincoln Memorial it was raining so hard everyone in the area was taking shelter in the structure. The building that temporarily protected us from the elements reflects the design of ancient Greek temples. The Lincoln Memorial with its long pillars that bring your eye up is a tribute to President Abraham Lincoln. It honors the nation he fought to preserve during the Civil War (1861-1865). The 19-foot sculpture of a seated Lincoln is the center of the memorial chamber, which I read somewhere was rotated 90 degrees so it could face the Capitol as it does today.
The memorial reminds Americans of the constant vigilance necessary to ensure that social justice and national unity for future generations. Nothing short of what I want for the people of the Philippines.
Kuya was pooped by the time we got back to the beautiful Hamilton Hotel DC where we stayed the night, and both he and Achi were ready to retire for the day. So while the baby boomers (LOL) were resting, the feeling Millennial in me decided to shower and change, and step out and walk around Downtown DC on my own. Shower, shirt, slacks, socks, shoes and shove off was the alliteration of my evening in DC.