Motoring to Mt. Vernon
Apr 23, 2009Public
Photo: The Washington Memorial on a damp and overcast April 20, 2009.
Photo: A federal building.
Photo: A colorful and ornate brick and copper-accented building from the 19th century with a gilded clockface, dome, and weathervane.
Photo: Making a left turn from 15th to I Street NW in front of McPherson Square.
Photo: The figure is James Birdseye McPherson (1828-1864), McPherson Square, I & 15th Sts. NW. The equestrian bronze by Louis T Rebisso was erected by his comrades of the Society of the Army of the Tennessee. On July 22 he was surrounded and shot by a line of Confederate skirmishers near Atlanta. -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_B._McPherson
Photo: Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia, 2020 Massachusetts Ave. NW. www.embassyofindonesia.org/   After her marriage, Evalyn Walsh McLean, the last private owner of the 44.5 carat Hope Diamond, held the title to her parents' Beaux Arts mansion that was completed in 1903. The Republic of Indonesia acaquired the building in 1951.
Photo: The Church of the Pilgrims (Presbyterian), 2201 P St. NW, is a neo-Gothic church in Early English Period style (1190—1310). It features lancet, or pointed-arch doorways and windows often grouped in twos or threes. This church features an unadorned square bell tower. "At its purest the style was simple and austere, emphasising the height of the building, as if aspiring heavenward." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_Gothic_architecture 
 - http://www.churchofthepilgrims.org/
Photo: The Watergate complex was built in 1967. The main entrance is on New Hampshire Avenue NW. Italian architect Luigi Moretti designed the six buildings on the site: a hotel, two office buildings, three apartment buildings and a retail center. The GPS device on the windshield of the rented automobile was not in use.  The hotel is owned and used by George Washington University as a dormitory. http://www.thewatergatehotel.com/
Photo: The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, located on 17 acres overlooking the Potomac River, on the right, is America's living memorial to President John Fitzgerald Kennedy as well as the nation’s cultural center, presenting more than 2,000 performances each year. It is the home of the National Symphony Orchestra. Long live Camelot! 
http://www.kennedy-center.org/
Photo: One of two giant bronze figures (http://mw2.google.com/mw-panoramio/photos/medium/566590.jpg) facing the Lincoln National Memorial that mark the end of Parkway Drive NW. Parkway on the right, runs, unseen above, beside the Potomac River. "The 16th President of the United States—the Great Emancipator and preserver of the nation during the Civil War—sits immortalized in marble. As an enduring symbol of Freedom, the Lincoln Memorial attracts anyone who seeks inspiration and hope."-- (http://www.nps.gov/linc/)
Photo: West facade of the splendidly classical Lincoln National Memorial, under construction from 1914 to 1922 on land reclaimed from the Potomac River. Henry Bacon, New York architect, based his design on the Parthenon, Athens, Greece. (http://www.nps.gov/linc/)
Photo: The entrance gate to Mt. Vernon, General Washington's plantation in Virginia. We ate dinner at the Inn to the right of the entrance.
Photo: Our destination was the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant. Luckily for us it was open for business on a Monday night.
Photo: We ate seated at the near table to the right of the fireplace without the glare of flash lighting.
Photo: My generous host and excellent driver.
Photo: These our our entrees. I had the steak and crab cake on the left.
Photo: After dinner we looked at the waiting room near the entrance.
Photo: We took turns posing by the fireplace.
Photo: Turning off the lamp attracted the attention of the staff and reduced the glare. The light in the sitting room and the dining room, however, was dim.