|Girls and Laura on the bus to Washington DC|
|The Capitol Building|
|Looking the other way towards the Washington Monument|
We soon realised that being outside for any length of time was going to be very tiring because of the heat and as everyone wanted to see the White House I knew of the perfect doll treat on our walk to that famous landmark. Norvell had first told me about it when driving me around Washington DC on that cool November day we spent together in 2014 and I had tracked it down a couple of days later - now was my chance to show it to everyone else. It had the added advantage of being in exactly the same building as the Star Spangled Banner (of huge historic importance to Americans). So we went into the Smithsonian Museum of American History. First we visited the Star Spangled Banner in its light controlled room (strictly no photographs allowed) then admired a Lego version of the Statue of Liberty.
|The Statue of Liberty in Lego|
Then after making enquiries because it had been moved slightly due to refurbishment of the building, we found the big Dolls house, not far from where I'd seen it before.
|The information board about the Dolls' House which belonged to Faith Bradford|
|Laura was amazed, it was the biggest dolls house she had ever seen, |
much bigger than the 3 at home
|Admiring the dolls house|
|Looking closely at all the details and the tiny furniture|
We braved the heat and sunshine again to continue our walk to the White House. Thank goodness for some shady trees along the curved path on the area in front of the house.
|The Washington Monument|
|Squirrel in the shade near the White House|
|Girls and Laura in front of the White House|
|Laura at the White House|
After a rest on a bench in the shade, then a further rest with ice lollies in another shady spot between the Washington Monument and the WWII memorial, we approached the memorial. The girls soon had their feet in the water of the fountains, wading was officially not allowed however they weren't the only people cooling off and I think the veterans of that terrible conflict would not have begrudged them a short paddle in the cool water on that blazing day.
|The World War II memorial on a hot summer day|
|Cooling hot feet|
|Ducks in the shade|
And so at last we came to the steps on the Lincoln Memorial. It was crowded with people, much more so than in November.
|At the Lincoln Memorial|
|Having a rest beneath Lincoln's very famous second inaugural address|
|The girls get Laura to pose with Lincoln|
|Laura and Lincoln (and her girl)|
We walked back towards the bus via the Korean War memorial which I had not seen before, it was too hot to take too many interesting detours from the route to see other memorials in the area and we were all tired.
|Approaching the Korean War memorial|
|Freedom is not free - a sobering reminder to always be vigilant in peaceful and determined defence of freedom for everyone|
When we reached L'Enfant Plaza and sat down on benches to wait for the bus, the rain suddenly poured down for about 5 minutes so we sheltered as we ate snacks.
|Rainy pavements and a rainbow after a shower|
On Tuesday morning the other dolls wished Laura well as she prepared for her second day exploring Washington DC, they all wanted to come as it was slightly cooler.
|Schoenhut, Sasha and Makie display in our hotel room on the Tuesday morning|
Once again we got the bus to the city, this time travelling with Pat P and her husband who were planning to visit some of the sights we had seen the day before, so after chatting on the bus we said goodbye to them and walked to the nearby Smithsonian museums. I loved the National Museum of the American Indian when I had visited before and had been looking forward to returning.
|The entrance to the National Museum of the American Indian|
|Laura examined the birch bark canoe in the main atrium, there were several other boats in the atrium, some had been built in the museum to demonstrate the traditional crafts|
|Laura loved the native American dolls from both South and North America|
|The small native dolls were gorgeously detailed|
|There was even a wooden aeroplane in the cabinet of toys and artefacts|
|Some more dolls and treasured items|
|Wonderful beaded shoes of different designs|
|Laura liked the traditional rope bridge built to span a gorge in South America|
|A close up of how the rope bridge was secured|
|Laura liked the Llama weaving on display|
|There was even a modern Noah's ark, made of clay, from Peru|
|The pan flute reminded me of a Sasha friend who plays the flute, the bag beside it was decorated with Llamas|
|Laura gazes up at the Allies in War, Partners in Peace|
|Laura liked the animals|
|George, Polly and Skenandoah|
|Laura with the turtle|
|Laura sits on the statue|
|The back of the statue|
|Two girls with their dolls|
|A beautiful pose|
In other galleries we came across the ideals of the different tribal nations and how they worked with nature to survive.
Laura liked this description:
"The gifts of the seven grandfathers were the seven teachings - honesty, love courage, truth, wisdom, humility and respect. These sacred teachings and an understanding of the four directions are passed on to members of the community in the teaching lodge. They help us live in harmony with nature and benefit everyone in the world. For four days in the spring, people come to the teaching lodge to learn what their names represent, what medicines do, what the clans are and what their responsibilities are as men, women, children, grandmothers and grandfathers. Everybody can come in. Gerry Raven, Community Curator, 2000"
|Information about the seven teachings|
|The four directions|
|Inside the teaching lodge|
|Laura gazed in amazement at the Wright Flyer|
|The pilot of the Wright Flyer had to lie on his chest and control the plane with his arms in front of him, it must have been very scary and exciting to take to the air in this machine in 1903|
|The information about the Wright Flyer|
|Along the wings of the Wright Flyer|
In a gallery nearby was another adventurous flyer of those pioneering days - the famous Amelia Earhart's plane which she flew solo across the Atlantic in 1932, the first women to achieve this feat.
|Amelia and her Lockhead 5B Vega|
|Laura hails and salutes Amelia Earhart|
After looking at the Apollo Moon landing galleries, in the museum shop Laura's girl bought a different Amelia Earhart t-shirt as she was outgrowing the one she had worn the day before. Laura found a gift for her friend Henry.
|Laura outside the Capitol building in the Washington Hall|
It had been a very interesting two days exploring Washington DC and some of its wonderful museums. Now it was time to say goodbye to the big city and start visiting a bit more of the country.