July 22: History, Greek and American

A better view than yesterday's of the Washington Monument.
A better view than yesterday’s of the Washington Monument.

Today is my mother’s 92nd birthday. Yes, I sent her flowers, and I called her. I’m a good daughter [g].

This morning, after one false start when Loralee discovered that her wallet was missing (I found it on the back of the commode in her bathroom), we went to a special temporary exhibit at the National Geographic Museum, called from Agamemnon to Alexander. All about the Greeks, and chockful of fascinating artifacts, most of which were thousands of years old. The story was really well told, too, and the exhibit was much bigger than we thought it would be. Counting the extra travel time, it took most of the day and was worth every minute.

The only bad thing was that photography was prohibited, so I can’t show it to you. Here’s the website, though:  http://www.nationalgeographic.com/thegreeks/

After a lunch of crab cakes we went back to the National Mall, where we hit basically one exhibit at the National Museum of American History before we decided we’d pretty much had it for the day. The one exhibit we did look at was a history of transportation from early days till the modern era, and it was fun. It very much reminded me of the Henry Ford Museum when I was there on my last Long Trip seventeen years ago.  We also briefly stuck our heads into a history of food from the 1950s to the present.

An 1840s fire truck.
An 1840s fire truck.
A neat graphic display of Route 66.
A neat graphic display of Route 66.
Julia Child's kitchen.
Julia Child’s kitchen from the food exhibit.