By chance, our first day coincided with the peak of the cherry blossoms, so we chose that day to take a walk on the mall along the reflecting pool, starting with a visit to a memorial that we had never seen before--the WW II memorial to honor “the greatest generation.”
I cannot add anything original to more than 15,000 books that have been written about Abraham Lincoln except to reiterate that he was God’s most valuable gift to America in one of its darkest hours. An incredibly moving experience for me was the opportunity to visit Ford’s Theater, sit in the audience seats and look up to the presidential box where Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth. After President Lincoln was mortally wounded, he was carried across the street to a second floor bedroom in the Petersen boarding house, where an all-night vigil was kept at his bedside until he died the next morning at 7:22 a.m. on April 15, 1865, 148 years ago today.
The majestic Lincoln Memorial
The Natural History Museum—as in the film Night at the Museum, I kept waiting for the skeletons to come alive. This was the ‘best of the best’ of all natural history museums I have ever visited.
Chairs and desk used by Grant and Lee at Appomattox Courthouse
The National Gallery of Art became a primer for future visits to many art museums in Europe:
Ginevra de' Benci by Leonardo da Vinci
Main atrium of the National Gallery of Art
Napoleon by Jacques Louis David