The White house is a historical and politically significant building in the United States. It is the official residence & workplace of the President of United States of America. It is located in the state capital Washington D.C. and during my visit last month to this city, I had the chance to visit the White House (from outside ofcourse). The Lafayette Square is a beautiful & historic park square just opposite the White House and it was a nice experience meandering through the square and capturing moments on a pleasant March afternoon.
I would not bore (or acquaint) readers with The White House , since it is one of the most well-known landmarks of the U.S.A and much information is already available on the internet (Instead, I will share my experience on seeing it for the first time). I had quite huge expectations from this landmark, more so, as we have the Rashtrapati Bhavan back in my own city New Delhi (which is also the state capital of my country India) as a reference and it has such a grand vista and opulence in both form & scale.
I was, to put it mildly, very disappointed when I spotted the White House for the first time. As I walked into the Pennsylvania Avenue, I first entered the Lafayette Square, which has a beautiful & clean paved walkway. I loved the trees, the blue skies and the people walking past…and then I saw a small white building past a tall railing. I thought, maybe this was just the entry gate to the White House and started walking towards the building, however, I saw that people were clicking photographs in front of the railing with the small building as backdrop and realized this was the actual White House!
I did take customary pictures and walked back to Lafayette Square, which has interesting statues from the civil war era and it was nice time spent walking and watching people do some interesting activities (group singing, protesting and even begging).
There are a couple of historic building adjacent to the White House, such as Decatur House and Parliament. They have been well preserved and provide a nice understanding of the way people lived in the by-gone era.
Would I recommend a visit to the White House though? Well, as a traveler, my experience might be different from a fellow traveler’s, so do visit and form your own opinion J