Some of the dioramas are simply breathtaking. I told Goldfish that Chico and I would like to be posted in manly (and dog-ly) poses by the taxidermist when we pass and she assured me she would have us taking down something suitable to our fierceness - like a sparrow or something . . . . . no respect!
Lots of pictures from the mineral exhibit for my Dad - he was the one that first brought me there many years ago.
This was Goldfish's absolute favorite item there, a crown that Napoleon gave his wife. I tried to explain to her we were visiting a museum, not Christmas shopping, but I'm not sure she understood - I fear she is going to be mighty disappointed on Christmas morning . . . .
Because of the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, there were some serious cameras heading towards the White House. Serious camera envy on my part . . . .
The Willard Hotel, right next to the Treasury Department, which is right next to the White House. A wee bit out of my price range, I'm guessing . . . .
The DC Police are all on Harleys, some with sidecars with covers (holding some serious armament, I bet). Well, not ALL on Harleys, there are also bikes and horses and cars and of course all those black SUVs as well. A motorcade went by while we were there with many police cars in front and back of a blacked out Lincoln Towncar - probably the Obahma children coming home from school . . . . heheh . . . .
This is about as close as we could get to the White House tree (left of frame) as you needed tickets well in advance to attend. The really funny part is that the night before when we were walking by, returning from the Lincoln Memorial, the tree was lit - they were probably testing everything out.
The wind really was whipping but I suspect the real reason for the closure was they didn't want anyone up there during the Tree Lighting Ceremony. It would have been a beautiful day to ride to the top, maybe tomorrow . . . .