As we approach the Lincoln Memorial, I felt somehow excited. It’s probably because this site reminds me of the movie my husband and I used to watch, Night at the Museum, several times and we wished for a time to be living on this world — we fantasized. This is my most favorite monument among all the other tourist destinations we visited.
I have always admired Abraham Lincoln as one of the United States well respected President. From where Abe is sitting, I took a perfect shot of the Washington Monument despite the flock of tourists who also want to get their piece of photo op with the giant replica. After taking the shot, I looked back at him envying him for having to sit there everyday and enjoying the historic sight in plain view.
The straight and perfect shot from his view with the reflection of the Washington Monument from the pool below adds to its perfection.
The whole time I roam around the monument, I am overwhelmed with all the preserved history. I even tried so hard to find the most unique souvenir I can get in the shop. It felt as if I have known this place or maybe again it’s just because of the effect of the movie. I am not a history buff but ever since I can remember, I have always admired Lincoln’s interesting speeches as it not only inspired a nation, it also continues to inspire ordinary individuals all over the world who wants to get something out of life. I took a snap of one of his most famous speeches made during the Gettysburg Address imprinted on one of the walls in his monument.
Being the last stop of our trip and the weather gets colder in the late afternoon, I’m done for the day. My eyes have been blessed with all the relaxing scenery and my brain is already out of hunger from all the history I saw the whole day. Of course, we also took a short boat ride to get to Liberty Island and Elli’s Island when we were in New York to conclude the trip.
From DC we took a bus to New York. We got off at the corner of 7th and 28th St. People are rushing to get to the next train in New York’s subway. As we try to squeeze in and find a spot in the train blending to the locals, we experienced the fast paced life out here even for a short while. Observing from the age range of the people in the Central Station, these are the young professionals of the generation. The young people who have big ideas in their minds and the big future. Well, this is the Big Apple anyway.
My DC and New York experience. I can say that I have been a very behaved traveler and tourist at the same time as I felt the connection with my subject. It is as if I belong to a place where the past and the present meet.