It's a bird...
|We are visiting Fairfax, Virginia... the herons are roosting in their rookery on an island at Burke Lake near Fairfax.|
It's a plane...
|Saturday afternoon: the Air and Space Museum at Dulles Airport. From the museum tower we watched planes landing.|
|We also checked out the many wonderful historic planes on display.|
|Sunday: in front of the Washington Monument.|
A beautiful day, perfect for an outdoor food truck lunch.
|The Moongate in the gardens at the Smithsonian castle.|
|At the Moongate garden: Alice, Evelyn, Miriam. This garden is inspired by the garden of the Temple of Heaven in Beijing.|
But wait! It's Superman...
|At the Museum of American History, also on the National Mall.|
Our national icons are all here! This costume is from the 1950s.
|The history museum has been closed for remodeling for several years.|
At last, you can see the Ruby Slippers once again. A whole room is
dedicated to them: almost like a shrine.
|Even better, you can see Julia Child's kitchen again -- it's been my favorite exhibit in the American History Museum|
for a long time. She tested lots of recipes here! We enjoyed watching the accompanying video about Julia Child as well.
|Julia Child's restaurant-level range from her kitchen in Cambridge, MA,|
now part of the Smithsonian installation. Also almost like a shrine.
|Across the National Mall from the American History Museum is the Freer Gallery.|
It's also just reopened, so we visited another favorite: the Peacock Room,
which was decorated by James McNeill Whistler in 1877 and brought from
its original location in London to the United States by Freer.
|All weekend: we're celebrating Miriam's acceptance|
into several of her top college choices. She will be
deciding which one to go to soon.