It had been a while since I last visited Washington DC, over two years in fact! A long fourteen hours over to Washington Dulles International Airport in the US landing around 8:30 in the morning. I was exhausted after a long flight, but I knew I had to fight through the jet lag and force myself out otherwise I wouldn’t end up doing anything and would also sleep the day away and then be awake all night before the flight back to Dubai the following morning.
I got changed and arranged to meet one of the other crew in the lobby so that we could share an Uber into the city. She had plans with friends, and I was more than happy to do my own thing (none of the crew wanted to do anything) and we set off into the cold morning in the direction of Georgetown.
We said our goodbyes and I went did my bits of shopping that I needed to do and went to Chipotle for some well deserved lunch. How can I ever say no to Chipotle, right?
Carrying all my shopping I started to walk along the river towards the Lincoln Memorial. Last time I was in Washington DC that was the one thing I didn’t make it to as the crew didn’t want to walk right to the end of the National Mall as its known. It’s a very long walk from the White House right down to the Lincoln Memorial and it was also the first thing I got to walking from George Town so winner winner!
As I walked up to the Lincoln Memorial it was very impressive in size! The Lincoln Memorial is an American national memorial built to honour the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. It is located on the western end of the National Mall in Washington, DC, across from the Washington Monument.
You can see how small the people look in comparison to the building itself! Dedicated in May 1922, it is one of several memorials built to honour an American president and it has always been a major tourist attraction since the 1930s.
The building is in the form of a Greek Doric temple and contains a large seated sculpture of Abraham Lincoln and inscriptions of two well known speeches by Lincoln, The Gettysburg Address and his second inaugural address. The memorial has been the site of many famous speeches, including Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech, delivered on August 28, 1963, during the rally at the end of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
Directly opposite the Lincoln Memorial lies the monument which can be seen in the distance. The Washington Monument is an obelisk built to commemorate George Washington, once commander in chief of the Continental Army, in the American Revolutionary War and the first President of the United States.
I strolled around the grounds, it was a cold day but perfect for when you’re wrapped up and walking! The sun was slowly beginning to set however, and after a while of wandering wherever I pleased and racking up that daily step count I headed in the direction of one of my favourite US stores Whole Foods for groceries to take back to Dubai before taking the train back to the hotel.
It was then straight to bed where I slept for ten hours before the wake up call back to Dubai. A short and sweet visit to the US capital, I had a really fun layover by myself and was glad I went out rather than staying in the hotel like the rest of the crew did!
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