Saturday morning, the contingency of girlie Carter cousins were off into the tunnels of the Hilton.
There, with the help of our younger & geekier cousins, train passes were purchased from the big confusing automatic machines. Soon we were off on a train headed for downtown Washington DC.
|Down, down, down into the subterranean|
|Settled in on a Tour Bus of DC|
|Look Familiar? It's where great men & women go to nap.|
|Hum... I know I've seen this on a nickle...|
|The Washington Monument is getting a little work done.|
|Standing tall with Dr. King.|
When we had taken enough photos to fill the Capital Mall, we were back on the tour bus, headed for our next stop - The Smithsonian National Museum of American History.
|One of the gems of the Smithsonian Museums|
By this time breakfast seemed as if it was days ago, so we started off our Smithsonian visit with lunch at its cafeteria. Once filled and feeling more human, we raced off to view the Inaugural gowns of all the first ladies of the United States - gowns from the 18th through the 21st Century. Here are my personal favorites. Please pardon the glass reflections.
|Mary Todd Lincoln's plush purple velvet gown believed|
made by her friend, African-American dressmaker Elizabeth Keckly
|A blue satin flapper's styled gown, worn by Grace Coolidge|
|Beautiful yellow silk gown worn by Jackie O., but not at an inaugurate.|
|Michelle's Jason Wu Gown|
We weren't quite finished... Rhonda had her heart set on visiting Madame Trusseau's Wax Museum. We futzed and fumbled outside the museum, then thought, 'what the heck!'. Soon we were rubbing elbows with the rich and famous.
|Mr. Lincoln wondering how 'Our American Cousins' got up in the box with him|
|Idea and Dolores feeling a bit frisky with Mr. Freeman|
|Carol in good company with Samuel|
|Cousin Donna and Will Smith seem |
a tad too chummy, don't they?
Let me tell you, Cousin Jackie outdid herself in preparing a dinner for all of her cousins. The meal was Caribbean in theme and quite drool worthy. Following the awesome feast, we settled into puzzling over where we might hold a Carter Family Reunion in 2014. The final local options were a bit of a surprise for me, as I visited the first two for the first time, only last spring.
- Savannah, Georgia
- Charleston, South Carolina
- Fort Lauderdale, Florida
- Other possibility: Island local such as Bermuda or Barbados
|Donna, Yvonne, Rhonda and one of my hairier smaller cousins|