Solbit’s Guessing Game: What city is this?

Dear Nicalai,

Hi. Wanna play a guessing game? I’ll show you four photos with a sense of place – all in the same city.  Maybe you can tell me what place we’re in; what’s the name of this city?  Here goes!

Photo #1:

Under construction, this building will be a museum among several other museums.

Under construction, this building will be a museum among several other museums.

Photo #2:

The pedestrian walk way and vehicle gate make me feel even smaller than I am, but they make the city look grand. Nona — she studied architecture — says that’s the effect the architect was going for.

The pedestrian walk way and vehicle gate make me feel even smaller than I am, but they make the city look grand. Nona — she studied architecture — says that’s the effect the architect was going for.

Photo #3:

Obviously this city has Bike Share, and people like to go touring around on bikes to see the buildings and monuments.

Obviously this city has Bike Share, and people like to go touring around on bikes to see the buildings and monuments.

Photo #4:

I’ve seen four of these big lion heads, two at each end of a bridge.

Here’s One Big Head! i’ve seen four of these big lion heads, two at each end of a bridge.

OK, now, in what city did Nona and I take these photos? Maybe you even know what the buildings and the one big head are. You get extra points for those! Did you guess right? Here are the…

Answers:

What city is this?

Washington DC. Yep, we’re still here. By the way, the “DC” stands for “District of Columbia.” I still have to look up what that means.  Do you know?

The photos show you …

Photo #1:

That’s the new National Museum of African American History and Culture. As you probably can tell, the museum is still under construction. I can’t wait to see it on our next visit just 8 months from now. It is scheduled to open September 24, 2016 on The Mall, but we won’t get back to Washington DC until mid-November, and that’s when I get to see it.

Photo #2:

This building is … Oh, no, I forgot what we took a picture of! Does that ever happen to you?  I’m guessing that it’s the big, fairly new building at the Federal Triangle Metro Stop.  What’s that called? It’s named for a president. The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, I think.  (I remember that when we visited that building, Papa told me that he liked Ronald Reagan as an ok-actor but not so much as president.)

Photo #3:

Nona, Papa, and I have no idea what this building is, but, trust me, it is in Washington, DC, and those are Capital Bikeshare rented bikes. If you visit Washington, DC, your whole family can rent bikes at a metro station and ride around town.  Oh, bring your bike helmets!

Photo #4:

That one big head is, of course, a lion’s head.  Speaking of “big heads,” Papa says that a lot of people in this town have them, but, actually, most of the people I’ve seen seem to fit into regular size hats.  Anyway, this lion is one of four that “guard” the Taft Bridge on Connecticut Avenue. That’s an old bridge that took ten years to build, from 1897 to 1907. Wonder why it needs to be guarded?  Anyway, nobody has stolen the bridge in all these years, so the lion guards have been doing their jobs well.

I have to go. Nona and Papa are taking me to see something called the National Portrait Gallery. That means we’re gonna look at a lot of paintings of people hanging on walls — the paintings, not the people, are hanging on walls — and that means I’m going to take a nap in Nona’s purse. Bye!

I’m your friend.

Love,

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Solbit

November 2015

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  • You may be asking yourself, “Who is Solbit?” Solbit is a fictional character, but she is a real plastic dinosaur, sent to us unsolicited in a package we ordered from Photojojo. So, she’s a plastic jurassic. Solbit is short for the four names given her by our grandchildren: Sparkle, Orangie, Lulu, Breakit. We tend to use her given names for when she’s been naughty. Thank you for visiting Tales of a Plastic Jurassic. Solbit likes company and hopes you’ll come back.
  • You can learn more about Solbit at her About page and in the earlier posts, “Solbit: How I Got My Name” and “Solbit: How I Got to Travel.”

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