The Capital

   We've been in so many places in US but in capital. So, we took our friend and went there for a couple days.
It was Thanksgiving weekend,1999 and we didn't have turkey :( because of no good american company around... Instead we had a short trip to Washington, DC for two days. We were going in the our friend's car, so we were not driving at all, just relaxing...
   I found that actually Washington is the only american city that has so many monuments and memorials. And somebody told that Russia has many Lenin's monuments! Washington alone has so many and so big monuments of the famous former presidents. We saw couple of those like Lincoln and Jefferson memorials. These are huge structures like Parthenon in Greece I guess. The statue of Lincoln reminded me of the famous statue of Zeuss in Greece! Except those memorials we saw famous US Capitol, of course. It looks interesting but the line was too long that's why we didn't bother to go inside. Also we've been around and inside(!) the White House. It was my crazy idea. It took 2 hours to stay in a line to go inside and Mike was becoming angrier and angrier during this time :( Anyway we walked through White House and found that it's just a regular house, nothing special. Apart from this there still were so many people in the city. And the guide said it's off season time. What's about summer in this case? And the crowd was everywhere in any place :( We saw the Washington monument that was on repair and looked strangely. Mike insisted that we must go to the National Air and Space museum (one of Smithsonian's museums). We went there and there were 5 people per square meter I guess. I never saw so many people in the museum! This museum has models of different rockets, planes and even spaceships. Many of them are just models, some are real. We saw real documents of our first cosmonaut Gagarin, some rich collector bought it from Russian government! In my opinion, that was stupid move. The best exhibition contained models of spaceships, cosmonaut's and astronaut's suits and landing modules. Others were not so exciting. Finally Mike told it wasn't so great as he expected :(
   At the end we drove to Virginia and saw walls (!) of Pentagon building (just to tell everybody we saw it). I researched that it's possible to visit Pentagon actually but you need to have advanced reservation and those tours conducted according some complicated schedule. It's pity we didn't visit National Museum of Art (I wish to visit it some day) but we hadn't much time and the crowds of people made us crazy at the end...