Tuesday, August 30, 2005
There was a lot of rain at the weekend due to the bands from hurricane Katrina, so Madison and I went to the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) here in Tampa to see the new "Bodies" exhibition. It was awesome! There has been a lot of controversy with the exhibit since it uses real, preserved human specimens. It is the first display of it's kind open to the public. We had to stand in line for over an hour and a half to get in and the display of 20 full bodies and over 240 organs took about another hour and a half to get through. Madison and I talked about it before we went and looked at some pictures in the paper to see if she felt OK about the whole thing. There was a special kids audio accompaniment which she was totally glued to as we went through. By the end, she was able to name most of the internal organs in the body, understood the principles of the circulatory system and has seen what smoking does to the lungs. It was totally amazing...although to be honest...I felt pretty nauseous myself....
Sunday, August 07, 2005
THURSDAY...On Thursday morning, we went to the beautiful Union Station and took the famous DC duck Tour. Basically, you tour the city by road on a WWII converted amphibious vehicle and then onto the Potomac river. We got to see the Ford Theatre (where Lincoln was assassinated), numerous government buildings, the Jefferson memorial and so much more. It was a fantastic trip! Below is the view of the Pentagon from the Potomac river. The plane that struck on 9/11 hit the opposite side. Reconstruction of the building itself is complete although they are building a memorial for the victims. There are 5 levels above ground, 5 below and 5 acres in the middle section.
FRIDAY...On Friday morning, we went to the National Archives to see the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. Lots of security for obvious reasons. The National Archives has a new exhibition called the Public Vault. We were able to see the resignation letter of President Nixon following Watergate, the investigation documents into the Titanic and Challenger disasters…The picture is of the National Archives with the Navy Memorial in the foreground. It depicts a lone sailor looking over a map of the world. The fountains are reported to sound like the seven seas and when the fountains are opened each year samples of each of the seven seas are poured in. On Friday afternoon, we went to the National Air and Space museum, the most visited museum in the world. We saw the original Wright brother’s “Flyer” the “Spirit of St. Louis”, the Apollo 11 module used for the safe return of Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong from the first landing on the moon and touched moon rock. The 3D show was awesome!
We stopped off at the Hirshhorn sculpture garden on the way back…
Hope you enjoyed our amazing holiday..we did!!!