USA: Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Washington DC


In July 2015 I traveled to Washington DC to speak at a conference about the work that I had been doing with the Dementia Collaborative Research Centres in Australia.  One of the projects I talked about in Washington was about risk reduction and dementia.

The project focused on the opportunities doctors in General Practice (or Primary Practice) see for incorporating recent evidence about dementia risk reduction in primary practice.

One evening we went on the local Hop on Hop off bus for the night tour of Washington.  I took this photo as the sun had set, looking across the water to the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. It's one of my favorite photos.

We had an amazing guide named Peachy.  He had a story about everything, and he managed to blend all the history into the stories creating a wonderful evening. I love this photo I took on the bus of a passenger listening to one of Peachy's stories.

When we started our tour it wasn't yet dark, so we managed to get some lovely photos in the daylight first. I took this photo with a zoom lens from the bus as we drove past the Thomas Jefferson Memorial.  The memorial was dedicated in 1943 (the 200th anniversary of Jefferson's birth). It is made from white imperial danby marble from Vermont and houses a bronze statue of Thomas Jefferson. You can see the size of the statue in this photograph - 19 feet tall in fact. The memorial sits on the south side of the tidal basin (part of reclaimed land) and is in a direct sight line of the White House. Frederick Law Olmstead Jr., a 19th century landscape architect designed the largely informal park-lands surrounding the building.

Thomas Jefferson is probably most well known for the Declaration of Independence. The bronze statue shows Jefferson holding a copy.  The dome has several quotes from the writings of Jefferson.  One of my favorite quotes:

"We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, that to secure these rights governments are instituted among men. We...solemnly publish and declare, that these colonies are and of right ought to be free and independent states...And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine providence, we mutually pledge our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor." - The Declaration of Independence2

After the night tour, we went for supper at The Willard Intercontinental, a fabulous hotel in Washington on Pennsylvania Avenue.  We had some lovely food at The Round Robin Bar, which has been serving the people of Washington since 1850. If you are in town, I highly recommend a trip to the Round Robin.

I love traveling. It is a wonderful opportunity to see things in person that one has only read about it books or seen on television. Travelling is a big part of my adventure dreams. Travelling has also shown me how important looking after your health is. As I've gotten older, traveling is more difficult (and risky) if you aren't fit and healthy. I'm keen to be healthy enough to keep on traveling for many years to come. What is your adventure dream, and how does your health fit into that story?