The next stop along my afternoon walkabout along the mall were the greens around the Washington Monument. I walked right up to it and touched it. Completed four years before the Eiffel Tower in 1884, it was the world’s tallest structure at the time and still remains the world’s tallest obelisk.

While I didn’t get to go up the monument itself (more reasons to visit again), the sun, clouds and plethora of flags about the structure offered a breathtaking view both for me and my camera.

After the monument, I went to join our president for dinner… by standing outside the White House lawn.