Actual event dates; March 8 thru 13th, 2009 – continued

With three days of  “Fly-in” activity, it was time to check out of the Grand Hyatt hotel in downtown Washington, DC and get back to “normal living” again.  One last adventure was added to our unplanned vacation agenda so that we could at least take advantage of being in Washington for some sights before leaving, and that was a stop at the National Cathedral, our first time there.

National Cathedral, Washington, DC

National Cathedral, Washington, DC

What a beautiful piece of architecture that according to the special exhibit tracing the history of its construction which began in 1907 and took 83 years of human creative Gothic style design and labor, finally opening for services in the 1990.  Can you imagine having such a dream as that bishop did back in the 1910 era and embarking on it with the knowledge that you would not live to see its completion?  You can take a virtual tour (certainly not the same as being there, but hey, from your home computer room. not bad at all… and you will miss the traffic jam we found ourselves in coming back from there…) of the various parts of the Cathedral, such as the great organ (<– click to see and hear…) and others at Online Tours.

From the tower windows we had great views of the flying buttresses and other roof line architecture that is only seen in miniature from the distant ground view.  This was a photographer’s dream world with the amazing rose window

Rose window

Rose window

and scenes throughout the huge structure, the second largest in North America.

looking down the full inside view

looking down the full inside view

If you get down that way, it certainly is worth the time to stop and tour.

As for us, after this it was time to head home and enjoy the oh so welcome and familiar best part of every vacation, our own bed and pillows!

Cathedral main altar

Cathedral main altar

Cathedral side altar

Cathedral side altar

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