My job frequently demands travel, but 99% of the time the trips are contained within a week. This month however, I was required to attend meetings and budget reviews that spread across two weeks and as the location was the USA, it made economical sense to stay over the weekend.
Washington DC was between the locations being visited, so I spent Saturday and a cool, wet and thoroughly enjoyable Sunday walking between the many memorials and visiting several museums.
The pictures below are a selection of the many taken – and the museums visited were the The Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum which maintains the largest collection of historic air and spacecraft in the world. The Museum has two display facilities – the National Mall building in Washington, D.C. which has the original Wright 1903 Flyer and the Apollo 11 command module to name but two, and the other location is the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center located out of the city near Dulles International Airport which has many more artifacts including the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, Boeing B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay and Space Shuttle Discovery. I visited that museum first on the way in to the city the previous day.
The other visit of note was the superb Newseum. This visit had quite an impact on me, and some of the exhibits were emotionally disturbing. Spread over six floors with a fantastic open air gallery on the top floor affording breathtaking views over this beautiful city, I was not prepared for the many moments of deep introspection invoked by the exhibits – which included sections from the Berlin Wall, and East German watchtower from the chilling Cold War era, a piece of mangled radio tower that once sat atop the World Trade Center before it was destroyed during 09/11. The Pulitzer prize-winning photographs with personal commentary provided by the photographers and the many interactive news presentations that are especially instructive and entertaining. I would recommend this to everyone.