Washington, DC – Day 3

Library Of Congress

Yesterday was a spectacular third day in Washington, DC. It was so amazing and so jam-packed that we were exhausted when we got back to the hotel last night. Therefore, I postponed the blog update until tonight. We started out the day with a tour of the Library of Congress. What a beautiful building. The architecture is amazing. I will post some pictures on Flickr when we return. As part of the American copyright law, all books, movies, and other things that request a copyright are required to send two free copies to the Library of Congress. They get 22,000 new items every day. Wow.

Folger Shakespeare Library

After we left the LOC, we walked around the block to the Folger Shakespeare Library. This is another research library just like the Library of Congress. The difference is that this is completely funded by private donations and is totally dedicated to the works of William Shakespeare. The interesting thing about the Folger is that even though the outside follows the American Renaissance architecture like the other Washington landmarks, the inside looks more like a Tudor mansion. They even have a small theatre that puts on three productions a year. We got to watch them put the finishing touches on the Cyrano set that opens this week.

US Capitol

Our final tour on Monday was of the US Capitol. Unfortunately, because we couldn’t bring in any large backpacks, we had to walk down to the National Museum of Natural History to store our backpacks and have lunch. On a day where the temperatures were in the 80s, that was a difficult feat. Luckily, it was well worth it. The tour was excellent and we had an extremely knowledgeable guide. Although I don’t think I would recommend doing all three of these tours in the same day again, I would recommend doing all three of these tours to anyone that comes to Washington. We learned so much and had such a great time.

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