Around DC

Haven’t blogged in a few days due to a lack of internet access. I’m spending the night in Lorton, VA, before visiting Mt. Vernon, Manassas, and whatever else that can be squeezed in tomorrow.

During the past three days, I’ve visited the homes of 3 U.S. presidents, a Civil War battlefield, the sights in Washington, and the FBI Academy in Quantico, a place very few people ever get to see. Congrats to my cousin who graduated from there and is now a full fledged FBI agent, and I am sure will make us even prouder than she already has.

Some photos taken along the way:

Monticello, the home of President Thomas Jefferson. You may recognize it from the nickel.
Jefferson’s grave.

The home of President James Monroe.

A preying mantis at the Monroe House.

CSA Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson’s memorial, on the spot where he was killed in 1863.

You may recognize this scene from “Silence of the Lambs” (inside the FBI Academy in Quantico).

The Women’s Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery.

The eternal flame at the graves of John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in Arlington National Cemetery.

The tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Arlington Memorial Amphitheatre.

The WWII Memorial.

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