Washington, in the district of Columbia is often called Washington, DC, The District, or simply D.C. (to avoid confusion with the State of Washington), is the capital of the United States. The city counts 646 449 inhabitants on an area of 177 km2.
As the federal capital, it is the seat of many American institutions: the White House (the official residence of the President of the United States), the Capitol (the seat of the Congress with its two chambers, that of the representatives and the Senate) The seat of the Supreme Court and other federal agencies, such as the US Federal Reserve (Fed). It also hosts 176 embassies and diplomatic representations.
As the seat of most federal institutions, the economy is heavily dependent on government activities, which accounted for up to 50% of its GDP in the middle of the century. Today, the economy has diversified, particularly in the armaments and information technology industry.
This site was chosen by the first President of the United States, George Washington in person.
Washington is full of monumental official buildings, memorials and other museums, but it has also created a light, entertaining and festive environment. There are several major historical monuments, such as the Jefferson Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the Martin Luther King Memorial and the Arlington Cemetery. The White House now occupies an area of 5100m² with 132 rooms spread over 2 to 4 floors (including 35 bathrooms!), Offices, reception rooms, a library, and many leisure activities: courtyard Tennis, basketball court, bowling, cinema, golf green or swimming pool. Visits are made today from Tuesday to Saturday from 7:30 am to 12:30 pm per group, each person being subjected to an inquiry into his past beforehand. The French must therefore contact the French Consulate in Washington who will decide whether to make the request to the authorities. It is a very strict protocol. Unfortunately, we did not have time to visit the interior.
Built between 1792 and 1800, the White House is the residence and office of the President of the United States since John Adams, 2nd President of the United States. This white painted sandstone building has undergone numerous extensions, restorations and reconstructions over the decades, either by decision of the Presidents or following the destruction or a fire.
Overlooking the entire Mall, the imposing marble statue of Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States, is one of the most visited places in Washington DC. This Greek-style monument inaugurated in 1922 is located in the West Potomac Park facing the green castle of Washington. Climb the stairs to approach the statue of the President and turn around! The view is incredible, especially when the Washington Monument stands out from the blue sky. This is the place where the speech of Martin Luther King was delivered: I have a dream! And certain phrases are engraved in the marble. It is a very moving place.
I was impressed by the safety and frequent controls. We see that they were really traumatized by the 9/11 attacks in New York in 2011. In the absence of being able to visit the FBI, it is possible to refer to the Spy Museum to enter the intimacy and the secrets of the spies…