Saturday, April 23, 2011

DC on Good Friday

We made a daytrip down to DC yesterday (We believe it was Darby's first trip to DC!). Yes, the weather was horrible. Rain, albeit not quite torrential, came down all day. People! Yes, people swarm to DC on Good Friday-go figure! We went to the Air and Space Museum first. Maybe it's because every man in my family was (or is)a pilot in the Air Force, or is currently an airline pilot, but that museum just doesn't impress me. OR, maybe it was the fact that two of their women's rooms were under construction so I had to stand in a line literally 40 women long to use the restroom. There were so many people in that museum, I didn't bother taking pictures. Then we made the short walk to the Museum of Natural History. We almost had a Mary Poppins moment here, as you can see!

We stumbled upon this sculpture garden. This house was 3 Dimensional in a very 2 Dimensional way. Thank goodness Disney just invented the FOUR-D, right? What would we do without it?!

I can't get enough of this little one!

And...a metal tree. Try makin' paper outta THIS thing!

We learned a little bit about the history of Ethiopia while we were there! Emperor Menelik II defeated the Italians as they tried to invade Ethiopia to take it over in the late 1800s. European countries were overtaking African countries at that point in history, and Ethiopia was one of only two African countries which were not overtaken. If you look at this artwork, Emperor Menelik is at the top left on the white horse. The princess is at the bottom left, being carried with the umbrella over her head. The Italians are all depicted by side profiles, and the Ethiopians are beating the snot outta them.

And, in case you didn't know where Ethiopia IS:

The magical underwater world as displayed through the art of crochetting! I'm not a knitter or crochetter, but THIS was impressive!

We saw dinosaurs, rocks, and gems...even the HOPE DIAMOND! And, so did a million and a half other people that day. In fact, at points, I was wondering if we were breaking fire code. So, that's all the pictures I have for now! After a fun family day, we hit up PF Changs for dinner and headed home. In hindsight, we totally should have hit up an Ethiopian restaurant! From what I understand, DC has a large Ethiopian population, so that will wait for another trip!

Happy Easter weekend, Everyone!

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