February 21, 2011

Palatial Environs

This day off found me wandering around Capitol Hill. The weather was damp and grey (for a change - it's been gorgeous during this past week). It set a pensive, calm mood for me. I walked from Union Station up to the Capitol, behind the Capitol and over to the Supreme Court and the Library of Congress.    

Though I had experienced these buildings before, I was struck by their incredibly ornate, regal presence. For instance, looking at the back of the Capitol was like looking at one of the great palaces of Europe. Except, there is no monarch here but the People of the United States. My roommate said she always thought of the Capitol as the "People's Palace." I like that.  I was truly humbled by these noble structures - which is exactly why I moved here. To be near things that feel majestic (kind of dorky but true). 

{Walking up to the Capitol}

{The People's Palace, i.e. The Capitol}

{The People's Judicial Centre, i.e. The Supreme Court}

{My heaven, i.e. The Library of Congress}

{Inside the Library of Congress - so regal}
{Carpeting in the LOC's Main Reading room - my type of rug}

{The view from the LOC - my new city!}


  1. These photos are amazing; they make the buildings seem even more regal! I'm glad you're settling in to the city. I was just thinking about you yesterday! Have a lovely week! XOXO

  2. Your photographs are beautiful! How lucky you are to live in such a historical city....soak it all in!:)

  3. Oh my gosh, you've done an incredible job capturing the beauty and regal-quality of these old buildings, bravo! What a beautiful day--I'm one for rain, too!


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