In town to attend a family function, guest of our niece Dawn Brotherton, we were treated to a grand tour of the nation’s Capitol Building. This is where Congress meets (Senate and House of Representatives), and it’s worth the trip for all citizens. Tourists, too.
Barbara Jean and I were through here something like 35 years ago and came back later with Tania. This was the first any of us got more than an outside look. In no particular fashion, here are some photos.
First, the traditional view. Much as seen on CNN.
Adventurers prepare for the challenge.
Not just anybody can walk into the Big House. You have to show your papers.
A team of friendly guides took us through
It was pointed out that this is the geographical center of D.C. Who is to question it?
In truth, the place has been much modernized since the 19th century. James Madison would not recognize the building today.
This scene, taken by itself, reminds me most of some museums I have toured in the Old Country. The Palace of Versailles comes to mind, on an immensely smaller scale, of course.
Robert Fulton, whose claim to fame was installing a steam engine on a boat and powering himself upstream. Now he is immortal, in repose in the nation’s capitol.
The semblance to a museum is inescapable.
This would appear to be the Senate chamber.
Yeah, it’s Miller time.