Today we woke up at 6:30 AM and had some great breakfast. Yesterday we had to wake up at 6:00 AM so 30 more minutes was a great upgrade!
The first place we went to today was the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial. This memorial was so huge and grand. There were lots of statues and cool places to see there. It was so big that every time you turn a corner, you see a whole new area. The lake next to the memorial was all frozen over. It looked very neat! The big statue of FDR and his dog was amazing.
Then, we boarded the bus and headed over to the Newseum. The Newseum was a great place to see the news and what is currently happening in the world. My favorite exhibit was the 9/11 exhibit where they actually had a piece of the antenna from one of the Twin Towers. There was also another exhibit where pieces of the Berlin Wall were kept. That was also very interesting because I had never known about the Berlin Wall. Newspapers were placed around a big hall in another exhibit. Some of the newspapers were from the 16th century!
The next place we went to was the National Archives where they keep the Bill of Rights, the Constitution, and the Declaration of Independence. I personally thought even the rotunda they were in was amazing. The murals on the wall were really neat, too. I listened to the guide talk about the murals and the people in them. It was really cool to see the original documents there in person. After the rotunda we went to another room that held the Magna Carta. Everyone loved playing with a cool document “game” in the middle of the room. You could choose a document or picture, look at it, and then give some adjectives about the document or picture. Then your opinion popped up on everyone else’s screen so they could read it.
After all the cool documents, we drove to the National Gallery and had lunch at a cafeteria. Then we went to see the paintings. I loved seeing all the paintings from Leonardo Di Vinci, Van Gogh, and other famous artists. My favorite piece of art was the big fountain featuring Hermes on the top. It was so fun walking around with my friends seeing the amazing works of art around us. There were also really comfy couches to sit on!
After this, we boarded the bus and started driving. One of the best parts of the bus is looking out the window to see all the amazing architecture and monuments. We traveled to Ford’s Theatre. This was probably my favorite place we have gone to so far. The museum there was very nice and very informative. I learned lots of things I didn’t know about Lincoln. Then we went up to the actual theatre and had a park ranger tell us the whole entire story about that tragic night at Ford’s Theatre. It was interesting to see the actual place Lincoln was sitting when he was shot.
Next, we drove to the Air and Space Museum. When I walked in, I saw tons and tons of planes! There were modules, airplanes, and other various flying objects. I went up to floor two first and I saw Amelia Earhart’s plane, the Wright Brothers’ planes, and the Spirit of St. Louis. I also got to touch an actual rock from the moon! There were so many cool things to see at the Air and Space museum.
Next, we went to dinner at Tony and Joe’s. I ordered the New York strip steak. It was very good. The key lime pie was also good.
Today was a great day. I saw some amazing things at the National Archives and the National Gallery. I also loved seeing all the history in Ford’s Theatre. I walked about 14,000 steps and 6.11 miles today. I am so excited for the rest of the trip!
6th Grade Student