Mademoiselle goes to the US | Washington D.C.

Recently, I was lucky enough to be able to visit the states. And I thought-why not give readers a view of some historic landmarks? Over the coming few weeks, I’ll be posting about different things, in a short blog series. There’ll also be some photos..

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The White House.

One of the first things I saw properly was The White House. For all its prestige-baring in mind the distance tourists are kept from it-the executive mansion seemed very small. It has might though! When I arrived, Obama was overseas, visiting Kenya. The White House was built by James Hoban.

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Washington Monument.

It’s big. (If any American is reading this, I have a question: Isn’t this where Martin Luther King made his ‘I have a dream’ speech?) The difference between a Monument and Memorial is that the latter is for someone whose died, and vice versa. This is apparently called a monument, because plans were made for it during President Washington’s life time. (It wasn’t until later I realized it’s possible to go inside.)

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World War Two Memorial.

Around Washington, there are quite a few memorials and monuments-such as to Roosevelt, Jefferson, Linchion, etc. This was dedicated to troops who served in World War Two-and was one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. Around it, posts are erected for each state-but not all fifty, like today, because more would be bought in the 1950s. Inside is a water fountain-and is glistening. It also seemed at times eerily  silent.

I just had to visit the Linchion memorial. Some areas of US History-particularly his era-I’m a bit hazy about, so it was lovely to see. Linchion almost seemed immortalized in statue.

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Trump hotel.

Reminders of the US presidential race are everywhere. This is Trump Hotel-presumably owned by Donald Trump-and on the same street as the White House. Who would you like to become the next president? Leave your thoughts in the comment section!

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US National Archives.

Who wouldn’t want to go to an archive??!! (Okay, just me then.) This houses important American documents, such as the Constitution, Declaration of independence, and the Bill of Rights. The building is incredibly impressive-far bigger than anything of the sort (I think) here in the UK. However, it didn’t look particularly open, so I saw this only in passing.

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US Capitol Building

Often called Capitol Hill, this is the United States Capitol. It is currently undergoing restoration work to its magnificent Dome, which I saw in passing. Currently, Congress is situated there. The building work is scheduled to finish by early 2017. (Probably in time for the next President to be sworn in?)

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Inside Jefferson’s memorial.

This made quite an impression on me-because for all its grandeur, the way Jefferson was portrayed seemed..almost humble, if that makes sense?  Despite the large statue taking the centre of the building, around are some quotes. It’s almost like an acquired wisdom-for example ‘Men are all created equal’ etc.

Now, lets talk museums..

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American history museums.

I desperately wanted to visit the Smithsonian museum of American History-to see the First Ladies exhibition. (I was granted such a wish!) These are just a few pictures from that institution. I had few more-on my other camera-but that’s sadly broken. There’ll be some side notes about other museums like this after the pictures..

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Electric car

This was right at the entrance..namely, an electric car. They’re the subject of the film, Who Killed The Electric Car?, which had Tom Hanks in it. These cars were recalled, due to ‘high production costs’, with consumers who wished to keep their cars.

On either side of the hall, there were display cases in the hall, relating to American culture. They have Audrey Hepburn’s costume from My Fair Lady, pictures of Jacqueline Kennedy-1962 India Tour-as well as one of her dresses. I did have pictures of these, but they are incredibly blurred-and thought that they lost a distinct level of clarity needed for a post. I was also lucky enough to see the First APPLE computer, from around 1974. To say the least, it looked like only a circut board.

Now, for some First Ladies’ costumes..

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Michelle Obama’s first gown

This is Michelle Obama’s first gown, from 2009. It’s impressive-and is noted that the dress was meant to symbolize hope. (In the train, it almost looked like there were doves sewn in.) I loved the jewelry that was also on display.

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Nancy Reagen’s gown.

This I thought was one of the more impressive gowns, because of the understated glamour. There was only the little bolero jacket that was bejeweled-but this next one was in fact my favorite:

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Hilary Clinton’s gown

Of all the gowns on display, this was one of the more royalistic, signified by the purple color. (It’s a tradition in English history.)

To find out more about these gowns, click here to view one of our previous posts.

Join us next Sunday for our New York photos.

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