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Washington D.C.-London-Croatia-Bosnia & Herzegovina-Bulgaria, Part 1

So, just about a year ago I went on a massive trip to Europe with brief stopovers on the East Coast and in London, and I never made a post about it. So, I'm doing that now, or at least making a start. Because reasons. (Mostly, shame.)

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After cousin Mo's wedding reception in Baltimore, Mom and I escorted cousin Lorin back to Washington, D.C., where we met up with honorary uncle Joe for a day of sightseeing. To whit:

The Capitol Building. This is where the U.S. Congress runs the country. Or doesn't, as the case may be, *grumblegrumble *. Also, pretty roses! :D
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National Botanic Garden and totally awesome pitcher plant sculpture. From right to left: Mom, Hanai-Uncle Joe, Actual-Cousin Lorin, Unknown Tourists.
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We dipped briefly into the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum, where I proceeded to lose my shit fangirling over everything. SpaceShipOne!!! (And The Spirit of St. Louis!!)
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I can only assume that is merely a copy of Sputnik, but SPUTNIK!!
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Heat shield of the Apollo 11 command capsule, a;sdklaf;ja;asdhlfjs
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And from the side:
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Voyager!!!
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Predator drone!!!
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Back outside: the Penis of America. ...I mean the Washington Monument.
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World War II Memorial, Atlantic Theater.
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Pacific Theater. This one's for you, Grandpa. I love you.
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Pacific Theater.
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Found this tucked into a corner. Makes me so happy. Well played, memorial designers, well played.
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Lincoln Memorial.
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WWII Memorial with the Penis of America in the background.
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District of Columbia War Memorial (WWI).
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The brand-spanking-new Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.
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Me and the good Doctor.
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Jefferson Memorial.
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Then I got on a plane and watched a lot of movies instead of sleeping and like magic I was in London! This is where I take a picture of a Tube sign in a blatantly touristy gesture, to the amusement of the old man on the bench next to me. I REGRET NOTHING.
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The train pulled in at Baker Street. There was a beat, and then Mom and I both dove for our cameras, because we are both nerds. HI SHERLOCK HI~! ♥
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Myself, and the London Eye! *excited seal clapping * ...Or, the transmitter used by the Nestene Consciousness to control the Auton invasion force.
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Finally, 11 ½ years later, I get the ride in the Eye I was promised.
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The Gherkin! :D Although someone in some show I saw at some point referred to it as a Kinder Egg, and that is always how I've thought of it.
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St. Paul's Cathedral!
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Wheeeeeeeee we're very high up!
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Buckingham Palace! Downing Street!
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The top of the Eye. Pod people.
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The BT Tower! ...Although, I'm sorry, it will always be Jordan Tower to me. V for Vendetta has ruined me for reality.
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Parliament and Westminster Abbey!
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London. The Thames. ...I love that the Thames is brown. I think I'd almost be disappointed if it wasn't.
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A better picture of Parliament. Hi Parliament hi! :D
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DALEK. :DDDD
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Yes London Eye you are very pretty yes. ♥
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PRETTY FLOWERS OMG. This is the cafe where we had a lovely lunch in a park next to the Thames on a lovely warm sunny London afternoon. ♥
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Regrettably, I did not see the Muffin Man. Or any muffins of any kind, really.
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The British Museum! Prepare for more fangirling.
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THE ROSETTA STONE OMG.
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Assyrian lamassu. ...We spent a lot of time in the Assyrian section.
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CUNEIFORM AS;DHFL;AJSDF;A
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There were walls and walls of lion hunts. The detail is exquisite: every curl of hair in the tails of the horses and the manes of the lions and the beards of the hunters carved into the stone. I was especially impressed with the anatomical precision in the feet–look at the musculature and the tendons and venation in that lion's paw!
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Again, I love the muscles and veins and tendons in the paws, and the snarly snout, and the fletching in the arrow–just, so much texture, guh.
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Mom with lamassu, for scale.
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GREEK STUFF. I think this is Aphrodite?
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Again, the detail is exquisite. I think this is a nymph? Maybe a nereid? She's supposed to be wet, and you can see the way the damp linen clings to her. Outstanding.
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Taking gold leaf a little literally here.
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Doggie! IN EXQUISITE DETAIL. T_T Tendons, musculature, bones, the little peaks where the nap of its hair collides on its chest. Fantastic work. …...Doggie! :D
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MOAI! :D And some people I don't know.
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...And, well, that's enough to be getting on with, I think. After this we go to Croatia! So. Stay tuned.

[Part 2: Zagreb, Karlovac, and Plitvička Jezera National Park (Croatia)]
[Part 3: Korana, Barac's Caves, and Krupa Monastery (Croatia)]
Tags: epic adventuring, europe 2012, london, picspam, washington dc
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