We decided to save one of the best for last, the Newseum! Seriously, ALL of us LOVED this one. The catch is, it is one of the few museum's that have a fee to get in. However, it is certainly worth it! Honestly, I would consider it a must see. Here are some of our highlights:
|Portion of the actual Berlin Wall--view from the east|
|View of the Berlin Wall from the west|
|Leah standing next to one of Grandma's favorite Comics!|
|Communication Tower from one of the Twin Towers|
|"Love and Hope to New York. Leah Cierzan, Minneapolis, MN"|
Noah was able to test out the desk and camera. Clearly he is a natural and certain to be in this line of business somewhere sometime!
|Does the set look familiar? Can you say..."Anchorman"|
Guy got up really early today, and waited in a SUPER long line and scored us tickets to get to the top of the Washington Monument. The last time we were here, the monument was closed as it had suffered some structural damage after the Earthquake. It was all fixed and ready to go now. We really enjoyed getting to experience this!
|View of Washington Monument from the ground.|
|Noah and Leah looking out from the top-"Awesome!"|
|Looking out toward the Lincoln Memorial and WWII Memorial|
|Thanks, Dad! The wait was worth it!|
Vietnam Memorial next, it was becoming increasingly more challenging to explain to the kids why we were involved in all of these wars.
The Lincoln Memorial was next, we even were able to see where Martin Luther King, gave his famous speech, "I have a Dream." It was actually kind of chilling to stand in the same spot, which is marked in the marble, look out and imagine seeing what Dr. King saw and think about what he was saying. Wow!
|This is near the top of the stairs to the Lincoln Memorial, note the inscription in the stone.|
Albert Einstein Memorial, it is one of the few statutes in Washington, where people are encouraged to climb on it. In fact, it is believed if you rub his nose it will bring you good luck. The kids were not going to miss this opportunity!
|Noah and Leah rubbing the nose for good luck!|