Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The Thomas Jefferson Memorial

I can't believe it's taken me this long to visit the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. Perhaps it's the way it sits above the majestic Potomac, or maybe it's because I went when it was virtually empty and I had an Elizabeth Bennet moment among the magnificent columns, but it's now my favorite monument in DC. And that's saying a lot (there's a lot of monuments here).

His life wasn't lacking in controversy, nor is his legacy, but I can't deny the contribution he gave to our nation. He wasn't a famous orator, but he was a magnificent writer and penned the Declaration of Independence at just 33. As the United States' third president, I can only imagine the heavy burden he had to build up and maintain the newly formed nation. 

Here's just a brief example of his gold tongue:

"But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life, and thanks to a benevolent arrangement the greater part of life is sunshine."
-Thomas Jefferson

*These were taken with my cell phone
Next time I'll bring my real camera.


  1. This is one if my favorite monuments too. You captured it so beautifully. Your e bennett moment spoke right to me :) Revisit at night... The monuments all lit up are incredible!

  2. I didn't realize he was only 33 when he wrote the Declaration of Independence. Wow!

  3. beautiful photos! there are so many places and things i want to visit in the us!

  4. i love it here too. we always go when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom! must've been nice to be there when it was practically empty to really take in the statue and the engravings on the walls.

  5. I saw your photos on Instagram & they make me DC so much! I spent my college years there & it's been too long since I've been back for a visit.

    always, koru kate

  6. Beautiful shots! I'd love to go there some day...

    Colour Me Classic

  7. For a cell phone those are some amazing shots. Love the quote about friendship.

  8. WOW, those images are stunning, lovely. xoxo

  9. Just gorgeous. I love his quote too. xo

  10. So the only time I went to DC I went with my ex and his cousin and we stayed with his other cousin, who lived in Virginia. I was SO MAD because I wanted to actually be a tourist and visit as much as possible, but the cousin we stayed with basically wanted to take us to as many bars as he could.

    I've always wanted to go back, now that I'm with someone that doesn't act like a frat boy, and actually see everything I wanted to see. And this? Totally on my list!

  11. Swoon. So gorgeous. You can feel the history radiating through it. :)


  12. I just visited the Lincoln Memorial and was, quite literally, overwhelmed. It was massive and beautiful and moving.
    I didn't get to the one you saw here, but will next time I'm there. (And I'll see you too!)


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