Sunday, June 22, 2008

The United States Capitol

I called Congressman Trent Frank's office in April and they organized a tour for our entire group.

We had a very sweet tour guide that attends ASU and is doing a summer internship in the congressman's office. Here are a few pictures:

The magnificent rotunda's dome.
Painted by Brumidi in 1865.

Statuary Hall.
Isn't that pink color just beautiful? Click on photo to enlarge.

Supreme Court Chamber from 1810-1860
I love the blue paint in this room.
Also note the fireplace in the back.

See the 'tiles' on the roof. Can you guess what that is on each tile? These 'tiles' (for lack of better word) are also in the rotunda and statuary room.


Donna Boucher said...

What a gorgeous building.
I do love that fireplace.
I'm off to look at the tiles more closely to see if I can guess!

Wonderful job taking pictures!!!

Anita said...

Hey Janet! Did you pass the 10,000 hits point on your counter?
Are you back home now?
The vacation looks fabulous. Your kids are great ages for a family vacation...right?
I don't know what is on the tiles- the names of the states? Signers of the Declaration? Books of the Bible?
Lottery winners?
Have I ever asked this many questions ?
OH- I see you are back home. One question answered. Well, let's replace it with another- does anyone by you have the 'Vacation is Over' blues?

Wonderful World of Weiners said...

Welcome back!

Hallie :)

Alice Wills Gold said...

I can't tell what is in those tiles...the suspicion is killing me...really...please do tell.

Amy said...

That ceiling is gorgeous! Nice pictures!

Anonymous said...

Welcome home! Looking forward to seeing more photos of your trip. How fantastic that you got to step onto the lawn at the White House! We went to DC in 1992. I want to go back with my second round of kiddos and I want to find my mother's cousin's name on the Vietnam Memorial and I want to go to the Holocost museum much to do, so little time!

What is on those tiles? I'm guessing something to do with the fifty states. State flags?

Robin in New Jersey

Anonymous said...

I should have enlarged the picture first. Are they some kind of flower?

Robin in New Jersey

Donna Boucher said...

I think they are paster flowers too.
So pretty!

Marsha said...

I don't know what's on the those tiles either and the sad thing... I've been there... okay it was a looooooooong time ago but still... I've been there! You don't tend to remember what's on tiles on the ceilings of buildings you visit when you are only 18. At least not 20, 30, okay 40-something years later!

Anonymous said...

I haven't been to the capital since Jim and I and my mom and Dad and David went in 1978! I loved it and always have wanted to go back, but have never made it. Sounds like you did alot and saw alot! Was it unbearably hot and humid? We went in August and it was!

Junebug said...

Are those magnolia blossoms?

Anonymous said...

To me it looks like there might be a sprinkler head embedded in the center of each blossom. What design!

Laura said...

Lovely pictures! I can't wait to see the rest of the places you visited!

Can you believe I lived just outside of D.C. for 3 1/2 years and never visited any of the places except for the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Library of Congress, The Native American Museum, and the Museum of Natural History? Oh, and the Spy Museum. I visited none of the monuments and none of the federal buildings. What a waste!

I'm looking forward to taking a virtual tour vicariously with you!

Lynn in WI said...

I'm thinking they're sprinkler heads, too.

It looks like you were almost close enough to peak in on George doing some office work!

Lori in MN said...

Washington DC was a fantastic vacation for us several years ago and we would love to go back. I'm glad you enjoyed your trip. Looks like you saw all the highlights.
When we visited the senate chamber our senator happened to be presiding at that moment. We saw Hilary, Ted Kennedy, John Kerry and many other recognizable senators walking around the floor.
Thanks for sharing the pictures!

Donna Boucher said...

Where is Janet!???

Jennifer Bowen said...

Hi, Janet! Looks like you all had a lot of fun in D.C. Your great photos bring back memories of when we were stationed around that area. That place is just full of history!

Did you get a glimpse of the President at all when you were at the White House? Any of his family members? His dog? LOL

Toodles for now! :)

Sandy said...

Thanks for the pictures. We visited D.C. in 1989 and again in 1996. Both times the visits were too short, in between other destinations. I did get to spend a little time in the visitor's gallery at the Senate chamber and we saw the Vietnam Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial.

Are there photos of justices on the tiles? Or statues of famous judges in history?

Janet said...

Well Good Morning Ladies!!! Donna, you need to send your sweet friends more often. I thought for sure I received 17 spam comments.

Thank you all for coming by and leaving a comment. :)

The is a flower....and it is tobacco. Isn't that interesting? Lynn?

The President was is Paris when we were on the grounds but he returned a few days later and we saw two motorcades. Of course I waved.

Thanks for making my morning!!

Tammy said...

Great pictures Janet! And what a beautiful, stately building. They just don't build 'em like that anymore do they?

So the tiles... tell us! :)

Julie said...

Howdy Janet! Great pictures...and makes me want to go back to D.C.

See you soon!


Observer Of Life said...

Looks like you had a great time... great pictures... love the one of the Rotunda. It's been a while since I've been to DC... but I love it there!


tj said...

...Hello Janet, happened over here via your sis' site and what beautiful photos! The first one of the rotunda actually takes your breath away it is so pretty...I wish I could paint like that... :o)

...Blessings... :o)

Cheryl said...

Great shots! Glad that you have had a safe trip! I am on now to read about some flax oil in a previous post that you have. Stop by my site soon to say Hello!

Have a great day!

Emily said...

I have always wanted to go to Washington DC and see the sites.
Beautiful architecture.
Looks like you had a great time!

Sallie said...

random blog hug.

Memaw's memories said...

Great pictures of the capitol. I love DC. If I had the money, I'd like to spend about a month in that area and just roam over the city and find all the good places to see. I've been there on a tour several years ago, and I especially love the cemetery.

Glad you had a great vacation.

Lynn in WI said...


Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

Nice blog, Janet. I arrived here from Donna's Quiet Life and I'm glad I did! Lovely photos!

Angie Arthur said...

Hi Janet...I've been introduced to your site as well through Donna's and have to say that I loved reading about your trip! We hope to make a trip like this as well when our kids get just a little bit older.

I'm amazed by all that you were able to see and accomplish while you were there. Sounds like great fun!

Angie in OH

Nancy in Kansas City said...

Janet, your blog is right beside Donna's on my list that I read every day! I've been reading yours since you posted your neighbor's baby video (I still go back and watch and listen to that every once in a while). Don't worry about how much you post or that you don't have much to say, we enjoy it!

Janet said...

Well, thank you Nancy. Now I know one of my mystery readers!

angie arthur, my youngest is 5 1/2 and she was such a trooper on the trip. I don't think she'll remember much though....I'll just keep showing her pictures. :)