More images of the US National Mall today these from outside. It makes me feel bad for people that don’t live in the DC area. If you live where we do in Maryland, going to the museums is a Metro ride. We can decide to go at 8 in the morning on a Saturday, and we are there. But if you live in Atlanta, you end taking vacation days. You bring your kids to see the treasures of our nation. But, right now, you would sadly be locked out of many of them. Yes, the Lincoln Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, the Tidal Pond, the reflecting pool those are open. You can wander close (as in the pictures shared today) to the Washington Monument. You can’t go to the monument, that is closed.
It is not fair to hold the treasures of a nation hostage. That would be like France closing the Arc de Triumph or the Eiffel Tower. London Bridge not opening (well the original is now on Lake Havasu in Arizona US). I wonder how many vacations have been ruined. While you can reschedule, the prices change. What is reasonable in DC in January, is horrifying expensive in the summer. Spring break is probably a 20% cost increase as well. It is really sad in the end when you think about it. The impact of the impasse over the partial shutdown of the government isn’t either side of this argument. It is the 800,000 federal employees now on furlough. It is the 1.2 million contractors that cannot work.
Oh yeah and the families, US and sadly and probably even worse those coming from Overseas. Imagine a dream vacation (although if you are looking for US dream vacations, I would say Maine or Colorado personally) of coming to Washington DC from London, Paris or perhaps Sydney Australia. Trips that have to be cancelled because the things to see are limited now. What a sad image this must send to the world. Two sides locked in a battle that has no winners. But, if you look lots and lots of losers. It is a sad time for the world anyway. Why should we dig in and make it worse. Anyway today’s pictures outdoors at the national mall and pictures of the Washington Monument. Near the base of the Washington Monument is the WWII monument, The Vietnam Memorial and many other beautiful places to see!