My First Time to Dc

My Journey into the Beating Heart of America 

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Believe it or not, this is my first time to Washington DC. The city has been a fascination of mine since I was a small boy growing up in the industrial north of England. I remember watching images of Washington through an old viewfinder (remember them?) The grandeur and grace were deeply registered in my mind even at that young age.

As many of you know by now, I have been lucky enough to score hosting gig on an upcoming TV show which, if all goes well, will be airing sometimes spring/summer 2018. Still, as we ready ourselves for the production I managed to grab a few hours to run around the city and enjoy some of the most iconic architecture the globe has to offer.

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My day began by visiting the Washington Monument, yes, I have seen it in countless movies a newsreels etc. but until I was at its foot I had no idea of its magnitude nor its magnificence. Soaring, seemingly hundreds of feet into the air defying gravity itself the monument to our founding father punctuates the national mall perfectly in an architectural and design triumph.  

I wandered down the perfectly groomed pathways that led me from the Washington monument until I stood in the very bosom of America itself. The Capitol buildings.

The Capitol buildings, again, I had seen in movies and TV shows but was not quite prepared for the benevolence of the structure.  Reminding me in some ways of Saint Pauls Cathedral, yet because the architect decided to place the governmental building on the crest of a hill she seems to be almost puffing out her chest with pride in an All-American, show glory.  Now being an American myself I could not help but be flooded with patriotism, gratitude and an overwhelming sense that the American dream is still burning bright. 

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I wondered behind the capital building in search of union station I literally tripped over the Supreme Court. I am a huge fan of the law and find that it can be just as lyrical and creative as music itself when penned by the right hand. Many penman have statues not far from the very place I was standing. To imagine all the souls that have thought of this very structure as their last gasp of hope in our great nation was humbling to say the least. Hearing the word supreme court over the years one Imagens some stuffy dark court room full of old people that don’t relate to the nation, that notion was completely eradicated as I gazed up at the gleaming white pillars that led to a phrase declaring equality for all.  I know the justice system is not perfect but I do believe the men and women who founded our system and continue to administer it most have their heart in the right place and the good of the nation as a Northstar. That to me was palpable as I sat on the neatly carved marble steps earlier today. 

 

 Union station was somewhere that was highly recommended to me, again because of the magnificence in scale and Architecture. Living several years in London I was very familiar with the impressive structures that house the British rail system, however, I was not prepared for the volume of the main train station reception area. Towering above me like a great cathedral the ceiling of the station seemed to be mathematically impossibly high yet every detail of the gold leaf, and hundreds of recessed pattern elements could not be more perfect and precise. My day was running out of runway so I only intended to spend a few moments in the station but I ended up wandering the corridors paved with shiny marble floors for at least an hour or more. I did lots of people watching and felt the heartbeat of Washington DC passing through the artery of union station providing the lifeblood of to and from the city.  As this was half a day to myself I wanted to cram in the ultimate tourist destination which I managed to squeeze in next… 

Union station was somewhere that was highly recommended to me, again because of the magnificence in scale and Architecture. Living several years in London I was very familiar with the impressive structures that house the British rail system, however, I was not prepared for the volume of the main train station reception area. Towering above me like a great cathedral the ceiling of the station seemed to be mathematically impossibly high yet every detail of the gold leaf, and hundreds of recessed pattern elements could not be more perfect and precise. My day was running out of runway so I only intended to spend a few moments in the station but I ended up wandering the corridors paved with shiny marble floors for at least an hour or more. I did lots of people watching and felt the heartbeat of Washington DC passing through the artery of union station providing the lifeblood of to and from the city.  As this was half a day to myself I wanted to cram in the ultimate tourist destination which I managed to squeeze in next… 

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 Yes, I made it to the ultimate abode in the world, the White House!

This too I had seen The image of the structure on the news, TV shows, movies and anything else you can think of so I had my preconceptions. Nothing could quite prepare me for it, what immediately struck me was just how close to the public it was. Although in my photograph I seem to be quite a distance from the White House I would say it’s no more than a fast 45 second run from the pavement to the front door which probably explains the ever darting eyes of the Secret Service and police men and women that surround the home  in their hundreds if not thousands and they do a marvelous job. Visiting the White House was the cherry on top for me on a day that I literally crossed off multiple bucket items in one fell swoop. I feel very blessed and lucky that I’m here for such a potentially career changing event and I do not take any of this for granted.  

 I am proud to be an American and proud to be British as the United States is founded upon the blending of races, cultures and everything else you can think of. Washington has really struck a very deep chord with me as in many ways I feel like I found a little piece of London in its own way on the east coast of the United States here in Washington DC. I have only been here for just a couple of days and I am beginning to feel welcomed like a local. I will be penning more of my adventures as the week unfolds but the past 48 hours have been so compelling I wanted to share it with all of you all  

Thanks for reading and your time

Peter 

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