Although for the past few weeks in DC have been beautiful without a spot of rain we were due for a downpour. Although Becca and I had our Pac-a-mac with us, Mum and Dad were not as prepared. However we managed to find an alternate solution for them: As you can see Mum made sure every part of her hair was covered. Luckily the rain stopped by the end of the morning, so we didn’t miss out. While it was raining we went to the Discovery Museum in Times Square and decided to see the Lego exhibition (I didn’t want to see weird stuff about the body!) And we definitely made the right decision as it was incredible. We saw some famous pieces of art work such as the Mona Lisa and Girl with a Pearl Earring made entirely of Lego. We also saw some 3D sculptures which took over 10,000+ blocks to create:
We then saw some of the artists own designs made entirely out of one colour of Lego: My favourite was the blue swimmer. The most impressive though had to be the dinosaur which took a whole summer to create. The next part of the exhibition was a mixture of photography and lego – superimposing one part as Lego such as the red umbrella or a dog:
At the end of the exhibition we were asked to write our names on a block and then these blocks would then be used in a new piece of art – although Dad decided to be annoying and sign it as apparently it would be worth something one day! We stopped for a cupcake and then headed on a boat cruise to Battery Park to visit the 9/11 memorial. On the boat cruise our tour guide pointed out the dock that the Titanic was meant to arrive at, as well as the Carpathian which was the ship that came to their rescue. We arrived at the 9/11 memorial and by this time the sun was shining. The view was breath-taking. We visited the 9/11 museum which was heart breaking. Covering one wall was missing posters from the time, as well as pieces of shrapnel from the aeroplane when it hit. Seeing the museum definitely took a lot out of us, but we headed on to our next stop: Grimaldi’s Pizza in Brooklyn. Located under the Brooklyn Bridge and taking only cash and never just a slice – it is one of the best Pizzas I have ever had. After completely filling ourselves up, we were ready to walk the Brooklyn Bridge. One thing I learnt from this experience: None of us can jump in time!
That evening we waited till pretty late to head to the Empire State Building, so that we would be at the top of the tower by midnight to celebrate it turning to Mums Birthday. Although I had been up the Rockefeller Centre, as had the others earlier in the week, this was a first for all of us! Once we had reached the top it was incredible. Seeing the city lit up at night was amazing although it was also freezing! We also headed up even higher to the 92nd floor which thankfully was inside! We had made it to Midnight and seen Mum’s Birthday in!