United Airlines started a brand-new London, Ontario to Chicago service. Aeroplan points and flying right out of my hometown=awesome.
Sunrise high above Lake Michigan en route from London to Chicago, first leg of my trip
Layover at Chicago O'Hare. Nice airport.
Leaving Chicago enroute to DC... passing by the Chicago skyline.
Love my window seats! I'm the guy who has to spin his baseball cap backwards to get his nose closer to the window. Flying over the Potomac River
Landing at Ronald Regan National Airport in Washington, D.C.
Lobby of the Omni Shoreham hotel
The elegant art deco lobby of the Omni Shoreham hotel in Washington
Yep, they definitely hold lots of weddings in the 10 acre gardens at the Omni Shoreham hotel
Exterior of the Omni Shoreham hotel. Very cool Art Deco building with a rich D.C. political event history
Major score. I booked my whole trip through hotwire. Wound up with a majorly swank hotel: the Omni Shoreham
Oh yeah, I also scored on weather: 22-25C in October. Went swimming outside every day.
Fall is a great time of year to visit any city: especially when it's still 20 degrees C. Beautiful neighbourhood around my hotel near the Potomac
Beautiful urban vibe to the neighbourhood near my hotel in Washington
Keeping with the yuppie urban vibe of my hotel neighbourhood: a trendy independent coffee/bar across the street - "Open City"
Dinner stop after settling into the hotel: basking in the DC urban vibe and weather. "Open City" cafe
DC is famous for its subway system. All the subway stations look the same, and they all look awesome! Utilitarian architecture can look stunning
Department of Veterans Affairs, as the sign says. Very powerful quote on the building by Lincoln
After dinner, exploring downtown DC the evening before the conference began. Can't believe the awesome weather.
In front of the White House - it's cool checking out the various protestors. Unfortunately only two out this evening: this one advocating green energy
And this permanent protest display against nuclear armament. This was here when I visited in grade 8; and probably earlier
The anti-nuclear protest that has been at the White House for years and years. Not sure how long she's been involved with the protest.
Small crowd, some secret service and barracades in front of the White House
The White House
Oh hey, it's me... in front of the White House. Just to prove to my boss that I did, indeed, take the trip. And yes I did go to the conference too.
Yes, that is what you think it is dropped in front of the White House. Smelly protest?
The White House. Didn't see the Obama family.
Near the White House, visited the W Hotel Washington
Inside the slick urban-cool lobby of the W Hotel.
Old details of the historic Hotel Washington, recently restored as the W Hotel
Neat decor in the W Hotel lobby.
The National Mall and Washington Monument as seen from the W Hotel roof
The Washington Monument from the W Hotel at sunset.
View from the W Hotel roof
The W Hotel rooftop bar is right beside the White House. They were probably spying right back at me.
This is really why I went to visit the W Hotel: the awesome rooftop bar
Check out the million dollar view from the W Hotel roof!
The view from the W Hotel rooftop bar
Looking towards the National Mall from the W Hotel rooftop bar
But it's not just for the expensive drinks and stylish crowd... next photo please...
The US Treasury Department
The beautiful fountains and structure of the World War II memorial
The fairly new World War II memorial, between the Washington Monument and the National Mall's reflecting pool
The full moon rose between the fountains of the World War II memorial and the Washington Monument
The famous reflecting pool... reflecting the nighttime view of the Capitol Building in the distance, the Washington Monument, and a full moon
At the end of the reflecting pool, the Lincoln Memorial - all lit up at night
The crowd is dwarfed by the imposing Lincoln statue
Abraham Lincoln - an impressive statue
Me again - standing at the feet of Lincoln's statue
Heading back to my hotel, noticed this in the Metro station. Should I have called Jack Bauer?
Lunch on my second conference day. Unhealthy food is patriotic in the US. See, the flag proves it!
Awful typography on my lunch receipt. Honestly, now.
After my second conference day - back downtown for more DC touristing. The Library of Congress
Approaching the Capitol Building. Yes, I spelled it correctly.
The Capitol Building. Did not have the time to go inside, nor did I arrange for a visitors pass
The incredible dome of the Capitol Building
I'm pretty sure, no matter what your job, working in a building like that would make you feel spiffy
The Capitol Building
Steps up to the entrance of the Capitol Building
Library of Congress
The Capitol Building
Front facade of the Capitol Building
The rear of the Capitol Building. The two centre flags by the dome fly all the time. The two on the far ends fly only when the chamber is in session
Rear shot of the immense dome of the Capitol Building. Wikipedia says it weighs 9 million lbs and is 287ft tall
Incredible Fall sunset over the National Mall
Me again - in front of the Capitol Building.
The Capitol Building
Sunset at the National Mall from the pool beside the Capitol Building. Thought it looked nifty in b&w
Stop! No really. Stop!! Do not destroy your car by driving it into this huge barricade
Good people work here. Canadian Embassy
At the National Mall, there was a solar-powered house architecture competition among US universities.
One of the US universities building a solar-powered house for the design competition. They built this in a day... on the National Mall
Back on the ground, the sun sets behind the Washington Monument
Great way to finish a long conference and touristing day: at my new-favourite DC cafe/bar "Open City" with a perfect fall brew
No, I didn't sleep at "Open City"; but I did return for breakfast. I now believe that all cappuccinos should be accompanied by an animal cracker.
Final day in DC - early morning exploring before my flight home. The rear of the White House
The South Lawn of the White House
The Washington Monument by day - bright October sun
Slightly different exposure - silhouette of the Washington Monument with the flags lit up by sunlight
The beautiful World War II memorial by day, looking to the reflecting pool behind and the Lincoln Memorial in the distance. Veterans in red shirts
Quite moving to see the veterans touring the World War II meorial
Veterans and their families tour the World War II memorial
Looking across the reflecting pool to the Lincoln Memorial
It was pretty remarkable to watch the veterans take in the memorial
A final shot of Washington, D.C. before heading back after a whirlwind conference and tourist expedition
The structure of the Lincoln Memorial by day
The National Mall from the Lincoln Memorial - the Capitol Building and Washington Monument reflect in the pool. Quite the point of view!
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial, designed by Maya Lin: a 21-year-old Yale architecture student who was chosen from an anonymous design competition.
A pretty bold statue at the Vietnam Veterans memorial shows you how gritty this war really was
Though the design was quite controversial to many, it's a pretty moving memorial. 58,159 names are displayed on the granite walls