US Capitol tour

Since I’m home sick I thought I would post some pictures!

Janine currently works at the Capitol and had offered us a tour – and we finally took her up on it! I took lots of pics – except where I couldn’t take pics, which was in the actual House floor, where the State of the Union address happens. No cameras allowed. But it was super cool. We’d never been to the Capitol at all, so this was a new one for us.

Ok, here are pics from our day!

First, two panoramas – the outside of the building and the view of DC from the Speaker of the House’s balcony, which we were privileged to see:
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Astronaut Jack Swigert:
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A bust of Lincoln thought to be a good likeness of him:
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Lady Liberty – note the talons in her headdress:
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The ceilings inside the Capitol are filled with gorgeous paintings. This one of women’s suffrage is right over the ladies room!
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This one of the Declaration of Independence made me think of 1776 after I realized it was of the Declaration committee. I assume this is where the sing and dance and pick Jefferson to write the Declaration.
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Baltimore and Annapolis:
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The center of the Capitol, which I believe, used to be the exact center of DC:
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The old supreme court. Each of the chairs has significance to a justice.
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A pretty chandelier:
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Pretty paintings on the Senate side:
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Challenger:
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Apollo:
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This is the staircase the president (and all the other important people) comes down before the Inauguration. I remember watching everyone walk down it last year and thinking how awful it would be to fall! The stairs are pretty steep. We got to walk up and down them. Cool!

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We got to go out on the Speaker of the House’s balcony, which is not something you get to do if you’re on a regular tour. It has a gorgeous view. So cool!

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The three of us on the balcony:
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The rotunda:
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Famous paintings in the rotunda.

This is Washington and there are multiple versions of him standing in line behind him.
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Famous painting of DeSoto mentioned in Tony Horwitz’s book, a Voyage Long and Strange, about the European first contact in the new world.
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The signing of the Declaration – this too made me think of 1776. Also note that Jefferson is standing on Adams’ foot.
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In the statuary room – I love this women’s suffrage statue. The uncarved block in the back is reserved for the first female president. Can we get on that already?
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This statue of Reagan has bits of the Berlin wall in one layer of the base.
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I think this is the old senate chambers.
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More statuary room:
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New statue of Rosa Parks:
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Old doors:
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More paintings:
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We got to go on the little private subway that goes between the buildings in the Capitol complex:
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After our tour, we got to see Janine’s office and eat at the cafeteria near here, which was actually awesome. They had a great salad bar and delicious cupcakes. No pics though, sorry.

Thanks again for the tour, Janine!

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