United States


Washington D.C.

Two days is a very short time span to see as much of the administrative capital city as possible, but the subway helped a lot!

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The Capitole


the official entrance, the less used,

close up

Washington D.C. is not really a big emotional shock (architecture/culture): it is very much like any big European city, with no sky-scrapers, a few roud-abouts (!), large avenues,... Well, it's far less surprising when you know that it was a French architect who designed it!

the inside of the dome

The most used entrance from the "Mall"
( grassy area about 2 km long, trant stretches between the capitol and the Lincoln Monument)

The Washington
The White House
A few "C.h.i.p.s."!
It was the annual congress of the Police!

And that ended our tour of the most famous monuments of Washington, we spent the rest of our stay visiting museums, among which the National Museum of America (where we found TONS of things about so many various subjects!!), and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, which was very interesting, aside from the fact that it seems only America has conquered air and space: the other countries are barely mentioned, except America's Allies, and the countries America defeated during the Second World War, or the countries America overrun in this conquest.

The French for instance, were scarcely mentioned about the conquest of the Air at the beginning of the century, except for Louis Blériot (he crossed the Channel), and they still mention the Wright Brothers as those who were the first men to fly on a plane… Well depending on what you consider "flying on a plane", it was a Frenchman named Clément Ader, who, on board of his "Eole", flew over 300 meters on the 10/14/1897!…

Plus, according to the museum, "Cyrano de Bergerac" is a French poet (his creator, the French author Edmond Rostand, must be tossing in his grave!) who dreamt of traveling from the Earth to the Moon, and the French have two aircraft carriers, the "Fausch" and the "Clemancau" (… Correct spelling "Foch" & "Clemenceau")… I mean I would accept that from any fellow inside the United states (the American Citizens are not supposed to know everything about France of course!), but not from a National museum! So okay, they did mention a few things about France, we should be happy. We are, but they could have mentioned them correctly, which we believe is the task of a National museum…!

Well… this was a bit for our French ego!

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