Friday, May 31, 2013

Virginia, Maryland and District of Columbia

 Riding the metro is the easiest, fastest and, I guess, cheapest way to get to neighboring areas. It's funny that when you go from state to state taxes and various laws change.

Last Monday, after Mount Vernon, we went to Alexandria, Virginia. I didn't take many pictures, but Alexandria is a beautiful town. It is ideal for shopping.





 

 

 On Wednesday, the heat was excruciating but I went out for a walk somewhere between Rockville and Bethesda, Maryland.


Yesterday, we visited the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. It was teeming with teenagers and their teachers. I like the fact that students wear the same T-shirts or caps and badges when they're on a trip. (Also, we usually head to DC at the weekend and it is really...empty; there are only a few people in the streets around the National Mall and very little traffic. Yesterday, I was very happy to see well-dressed people walking around purposefully, looking busy and serious. I felt as if Olivia Pope would pop out from somewhere. Plus, with all the scandals currently going on and TV vans parked in every other street, it felt as if we had landed in the center of all the action).

Where were we? Oh yes, the Air and Space Museum. Some of the exhibits are kind of complicated for someone like me who struggled with Physics all through high school. But others are very straightforward and interesting, like for instance, the Hubble Telescope and... the spaceship toilets.(If you think airplane lavatories are inconvenient, you should check out the equipment needed to pee in space).
the Hubble Telescope
I enjoyed the Space Race exhibition where you can see the USA and USSR advancements in space technology side by side.

You can  touch the Big Bang and take a closer look at our Solar System.


The 'air' part of the museum is really impressive, too. Mostly because you can see the evolution of commercial flying.

Flying in the '30s must have not been a very pleasant experience. Airplanes were loud, rocky and smelly. I'll have that in mind and won't mentally complain about the lack of space in the cabin next time I fly.


Back outside, the sun was going down.


Have an amazing weekend!


7 comments:

  1. My husband would love this museum. You captured the flowers beautifully. Gorgeous colors.

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  2. As always your photographs are a feast for the eyes.
    Have a super Saturday my friend!

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  3. Καλό μήνα καί καλό καλοκαίρι Εύη μου!!Τί πανέμορφες φωτογραφίες!!Φανταστικά τά μέρη πού επισκέφτηκες!!Καί τί υπέροχα λουλούδια!!Τό πόσο γέλασα μέ τό σχόλιό σου,δέν λέγεται!!Η κόρη μου,τρώγοντας σέ εστιατόριο στην Γερμανία,πήρε τήν χαρτοπετσέτα καί μού τήν έφερε γιά ντεκουπάζ!!Ομολογώ,είναι φανταστική!!!!!Νά είσαι καλά καί νά περνάς πολύ όμορφα κοριτσάκι!!Φιλάκια!!!

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  4. Εύη πολύ ωραίες φωτογραφίες , είναι σαν να πήγαμε κι εμεις στο μουσείο του Διαστήματος , φιλιά Μαίρη!

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  5. Great photos, Evi. I've never been to the Washington DC area, so I'm really enjoying seeing my country through your eyes : )
    Hope you had a great weekend!

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