World Travel

Washington D.C. and Boston Travel Pictures

Washington was quite a different city from New York. While New York is saturated with high rises, business hectic and the sounds of wailing sirens and traffic jam echoes in the street, Washington is flat and spread out. Skyscrapers are forbidden by law. There is a wide array of government buildings and some museums to see here, amongst them the following

  • The long strip of the Mall with the the Air and Space museum, the Capitol ( strong security, even then), the White House, the Obelisk ( an elevator leads to a viewing platform near the top) and the Lincoln Memorial
  • the Treasury, where you can see paper money being printed
  • the Archives with the original copy of the Constitution
  • the FBI building
  • the Pentagon
  • Arlington Cemetery

I spent a couple of nice days here and then headed on to Boston. Boston has a very European, small town  feel, an ancient underground system, some museums, proudly displaying it's history of the 'founding fathers'. I wouldn't necessarily include Boston in my schedule next time, it's just too unspectacular compared to New York or Washington. The pictures on this page were taken in 1988.

The Lincoln Memorial at night The Obelisk and the Capitol at night viewed from the Lincoln Memorial
The Lincoln Memorial at night
The Obelisk and the Capitol at night viewed from the Lincoln Memorial
The statue of Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial The white house with the line of people waiting for the tour
The statue of Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial
The white house with the line of people waiting for the tour
The Capitol The interior of the Capitol
The Capitol
The interior of the Capitol
Beautiful government building interior The Archives, where the original copy of the Constitution is viewed by the line of people waiting at the left
Beautiful government building interior
The Archives, where the original copy of the Constitution is viewed by the line of people waiting at the left
The Pentagon The crowd waiting to access the White House tour. The white house is at the middle right of the picture, the waiting line extends all the way to the left of the picture. And I was there at opening time!
The Pentagon
The crowd waiting to access the White House tour. The white house is at the middle right of the picture, the waiting line extends all the way to the left of the picture. And I was there at opening time!
The night time view of the white house lawn (circle at bottom left), the white house is the little bright rectangle just above the top of the circle Washington has a fast, efficient and modern underground. This is the station at the border of Maryland and Virginia states
The night time view of the white house lawn (circle at bottom left), the white house is the little bright rectangle just above the top of the circle
Washington has a fast, efficient and modern underground. This is the station at the border of Maryland and Virginia states
The main hall of the great Air and Space museum on the Mall The huge exhaust of a rocket engine at the Air and Space museum
The main hall of the great Air and Space museum on the Mall
The huge exhaust of a rocket engine at the Air and Space museum
The Vietnam Memorial, a huge V of black granite Kennedy's grave in Arlington cemetery
The Vietnam Memorial, a huge V of black granite
Kennedy's grave in Arlington cemetery
The Capitol's dome from the inside. It was just being renovated The Obelisk and the Mall as seen from the steps of the Capitol
The Capitol's dome from the inside. It was just being renovated
The Obelisk and the Mall as seen from the steps of the Capitol
Looking down from the viewing platform of the Hancock Tower, Boston's tallest building The Computer Museum in Boston has a lot of interesting exhibits, including this Control Data 6600 mainframe. The mechanics at the lower right show the cooling aggregate. A desktop PC has many times the power and storage capacity of this machine.
Looking down from the viewing platform of the Hancock Tower, Boston's tallest building
The Computer Museum in Boston has a lot of interesting exhibits, including this Control Data 6600 mainframe. The mechanics at the lower right show the cooling aggregate. A desktop PC has many times the power and storage capacity of this machine.
Boston bridge Boston skyline as seen from a old tower outside the city
Boston bridge
Boston skyline as seen from a old tower outside the city