For a Walk with Jo this week I invite you to join me for a stroll in Washington D.C.
I start this post with one of my favorite photos from DC this spring: The Washington Monument — at sunset –with spring blooms- and a few benches to sit on to soak up the view ( linked to bench series #15). I only did a little editing to this photo – I lowered the exposure, increased the saturation and contrast – and straightened it.
Here is the Washington Monument from the other side – we were now standing West – looking at the cherry blossoms – and the flags- with the night lights shining.
Let’s get a little closer – looking up at the Washington Monument – Can you see where the stones change color? There is a line noting the change in materials because this monument sat unfinished for many years (due to lack of funds and power struggles) and when they finally finished it – the same marble was no longer available – and so now it is a mix of marble, granite, and bluestone gneiss – and maybe the mixture of stone better matches the melting pot of people that makes up our diverse country . This 554 feet phallic monument is the tallest STONE structure in the world.
close up of the stones
Here is the Washington Monument from a distance. I like the lines from the foliage in this shot.
These two guys seemed to be passing time – maybe they were early for the Cherry Blossom Festival – or just “waiting on a friend….” (Stones song here) but I LOVE how they seem to be afloat in the midst of the spring daffodils and link this photo to this week’s wpc.
These folks are also waiting…. the mood here really stood out to me – the lady with her head in her elbows and knees — and the reflection of the Adidas running suit.
With very hungry stomachs — we easily agreed to do the “trendy tourist thing” and eat at Hard Rock Cafe DC – and here is looking up at the flags Linked to Debbie’s LULD.
Trendy to eat at Hard Rock? – yeah, maybe… But then again, we are trying to dine at different Hard Rock locations throughout the world – and this visit adds one more to our list. The service was outstanding – from the greeting hostess to our primary server (above) – bevs were fine too – but the highlight of the night: the trio fajitas get a full 5 stars.
The view from the window at Hard Rock DC
Going down to catch the Metro.
There was not much trash on the Metro, – but on one ride, my son found 41 dollars worth of scratched off lottery tickets – they were stuffed on the side of his seat. Also, this newspaper insert was on my seat, which said “Yeah, good luck with that” – I just had to take a photo.
I end my walk in DC with another one of my favorite photos – it was taken while we were visiting the World War II Memorial (which was built in 2004 – it has wreaths and a beautiful waterfall to honor the 16 million who served in the armed forces of the U.S. for that war). The photo is a bit dark, but if you look closely to the center right – there is a lady with her hand up – This is Mrs. Holmes, a newlywed who was strolling the Memorial with her hubs, and in my next post on DC (part 2) – I will share a nice photo of her and her spouse.
Hope you have are having a great start to your week and thanks for joining me with a stroll around DC.
If you are in the mood to check out more Monday Walks – or if you would like to join in and share one of your own strolls – check out Restless Jo’s blog (
HERE) where this week she brings us to Rievaulx Abbey in North Yorkshire.
PS – If you want more photos of DC (before I can bring you my part 2) well check out Mark’s blog because he has a handful of posts from his Easter visit to DC – his post “D.C. in Photos: Peek-a-Boo Views” is