By the time day three rolled around, our feet hated us. We only had one full day in D.C. left, though, so we knew we had to suck it up and soldier on.
Hubs had been bugging me since we reserved the trip about going to Arlington National Cemetery. I really wanted to see JFK's eternal flame in person, but I'm not too keen on cemeteries. They just freak me out. I had to remind myself that Hubs had gracefully let me drag him to every single place on my Must See List thus far, so I caved and agreed we could spend Sunday morning in Arlington.
On the way there we got lost and ended up in a shady part of town, but luckily made the proper corrections to our outdated map and got back on track without Hubs getting too nervous. He has a terrible sense of direction, and if he thinks we're even slightly lost he freaks out. Such a city boy.
Anyhoo, we finally made it to Arlington National Cemetery and were pleased to find not many others had arrived yet. We grabbed a map and set out to explore.
I was surprised to learn that both Bobby and Ted Kennedy were also buried in the cemetery. I vaguely remember seeing Ted's funeral on television a few years ago, but completely forgot he had been buried there near his brothers.
From the Kennedy graves we walked uphill for another five minutes to the Arlington House. Hubs was super-excited about this because it belonged to General Robert E. Lee. I had not known the property was Lee's prior to his involvement with the Confederate army during the Civil War. After Lee resigned from the Union Army to join the Confederates, the US government decided to make the property into a cemetery, ensuring Lee could not return to his home after the war.
After touring Lee's home, we headed over to see the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Right as we arrived they were about to begin the changing of the guards, so we stayed to watch. It was amazing to be standing amongst upwards of 100 people, with no one making a sound. We all watched in silence as they performed the ceremony, the only sounds being the click of the soldiers' heels and the buzz of cameras capturing this solemn exchange.
The Freer Museum of Art was on my list because it claimed to contain a huge collection of early civilization art, including a fabulous Egyptian early art exhibit. Psh. There were about four things in the entire museum that were Egyptian, and the rest was mostly Japanese paintings and utensils.
From there we headed over to the Museum of Natural History, which was AWESOME.
Our last stop was the National Gallery of Art. It was fabulous. I loved this museum because it contained pieces I had just studied in my Art History course during the Spring semester. It was pretty cool to be standing in front of pieces I had only previously seen in textbooks.
Hope you enjoyed your virtual trip to Washington with me!