Every year from late March to early April, there is a traditional National Cherry Blossom Festival at Washington DC. Part of the reasons I visited DC this time is cherry blossom. Unfortunately, we had a pretty long winter as well as a cold spring this year, and the result is, blossoms are a little bit reluctant to open. However, there are always some early birds. When I walked through the 14th street right in front of the District of Columbia Government, these few cherry blossom trees surely stun me: As I looked up, I just felt like being surrounded by pink clouds, and immersed in a sea of flowers. Fabulous!
I was a little surprised to know that original manuscripts of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, the three “cornerstone” documents in the history of the United States, were still well preserved after nearly three hundred years. And here is where they are, the National Archive. Among all museums in the area of National Mall, this is the only place where you can find a queue every single day. Maybe this is the value of history: while we respecting our history, it enlightens our future.
Here is the home of US Congress, the home of US Senate and House. The need to balance the power among each state and general population induce the two chambers in the congress, a creative mechanism. Yet, as what is said on the Seal of the United States, E pluribus unum. Out of many, one. Here is where the national motto being practiced again and again in the past hundreds of years.
Reflecting Pool and Washington Monument, it’s just another classic scene of Washington DC. Every city has its own way to honor the founder of this country, and Washington DC, as the capital city, chose the most special way: Instead of a statue or a memorial, they built a obelisk, the tallest obelisk and stone structure in the world.
Not too many politicians have a far-reaching impact on later generations, but Abraham Lincoln is undoubtedly one of them. Sitting at one end of the National Mall, Lincoln Memorial is built to honor Lincoln, the 16th president of United States. Nowadays, there are thousands and tens of thousands visitors from all around the world every day coming to Washington DC to appreciate the wisdom and courage of the predecessors of this country. Without their resourcefulness and foresight, this nation wouldn’t survive, sustain or prosper.
It is not until the time I visited Baltimore that I realized this is actually a coastal city for the first time, and Inner Harbor, is definitely the landmark here. Baltimore, as a city, is famous for its delicious seafood like crabs. Meanwhile, it is also the birthplace of the American National Anthem. And this year, the whole city is so crazy and proud of its American football team — Baltimore Ravens, which won the championship in Super Bowl XLVII!
Right across the campus of Tulane University is Audubon Park, a pretty nice city park. The thing I like most about this park is all those old oak trees along the road: they stretch their branch toward their peers on the other side, forming a natural tunnel with leaves, which are quite similar to those at the Oak Alley Plantation. Can you imagine walking in the shade in a sunny afternoon with breeze on the face? It is simply awesome!
Streetcars are just like telegraphs or kerosene lamps — they are symbols of history. Indeed, I can hardly remember any city which still has streetcars as a part of the public transportation system nowadays. Yet, New Orleans is one of them. There are four streetcar lines currently operating in New Orleans, and one of them, namely the St. Charles Avenue Line, is said to be the oldest continuously operating street railway system in the world. Sometimes I can see young boys or girls run along the streetcar rails, which reminds me of the cable car heading to the top of Victoria Peak in Hong Kong. I guess this is the magic power of time: memories are refreshed with similar scenes, and histories are revisited with legacies from the past.