SPEECH FOR PRESENTATION WASHINGTON DC
Hello everybody. Now I want to present you my work called Traveling in the U.S.: Washington DC. So…
Slide 2. Planning a tour
I am planning to go to the Washington on January 16. My trip will be three days long there. I will use a plane to get to the Washington DC. The company which offers flying from Riga to Washington is United Airlines. There is no direct flight from Riga to Washington so I will have to change a plane in Frankfurt (Germany). My flying will take up 12 hours and 25 minutes.
In Washington I will have to stay somewhere per nights so I had chosen Holiday Inn Express Andrews Air Force Base hotel. This D.C. hotel is within walking distance of the Branch Avenue Metro Station. This makes touring quicker and more convenient. Major attraction like the White House, the Smithsonian’s Museums and the National Mall are just 10 miles away and accessible by the Metro.
Slide 3. The purpose of visiting
My aim is to discover the world for myself. I had never been in America so it will be definitely extraordinary trip. Washington D.C. is the capital of the USA. So I think that I will get to know a lot about the America and Americans!
Slide 4. Budget for my journey
I have calculated costs needed on my trip. For tickets I will have to pay 438, 14 Ls (including taxes and fees). A room cost for three days is 445, 09 Ls (again, including taxes and fees). Also I will have to take some money for other costs in amount 500, 00 Ls. So, the total sum of my trip will be 1383, 23 Ls.
Slide 5. I am going to visit the following:
1. National Air and Space Museum
2. National Mall: there – Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Botanic Garden
3. and also the White House.
Now somewhat about each of them.
Slide 6. National Air and Space Museum
Of all the Smithsonian museums, one of the most visited museums in the world – is the National Air and Space Museum. The museum has aircraft and spacecraft that were important in aviation history. The National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall in Washington D.C. has hundreds of original, historic artifacts on display, including the Wright 1903 Flyer, the Spirit of St. Louis, the Apollo 11 command module Columbia; and a Lunar rock sample that visitors can touch.
Slide 7. National Mall
At first I want to explain what the Mall is. The Mall is a large open space. The Mall also has monuments honoring George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Exactly them I am going to see.
Washington Monument. It was built in honor of George Washington, who led the country independence and then became its first President. The monument is shaped like an Egyptian obelisk and offers views in excess of thirty miles. It was finished on December 6, 1884.
Lincoln Memorial. “In this temple, as in the hearts of the people from whom he saved the Union, the memory of Abraham Lincoln is enshrined forever”.
Beneath these words, the 16th President of the United States – the Great Emancipator and preserver of the nation during the Civil War—sits immortalized in marble. As an enduring symbol of Freedom, the Lincoln Memorial attracts anyone who seeks inspiration and hope.
Slide 8. The U.S. Botanic Garden
The Conservatory reopened in December 2001 after a four-year renovation, showcasing an impressive state-of-the-art indoor garden with approximately 4,000 seasonal, tropical and subtropical plants. The U.S. Botanic Garden is administered by the Architect of the Capitol and offers special exhibits and educational programs throughout the year.
Slide 9. The White House
For two hundred years, the White House has stood as a symbol of the Presidency, the United States government, and the American people. Its history, and the history of the nation’s capital, began when President George Washington signed an Act of Congress in December of 1790 declaring that the federal government would reside in a district “not exceeding ten miles square…on the river Potomac.” President Washington, together with city planner Pierre L’Enfant, chose the site for the new residence, which is now 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. As preparations began for the new federal city, a competition was held to find a builder of the “President’s House.” Nine proposals were submitted, and Irish-born architect James Hoban won a gold medal for his practical and handsome design.
There are 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms, and 6 levels in the Residence. There are also 412 doors, 147 windows, 28 fireplaces, 8 staircases, and 3 elevators.
At various times in history, the White House has been known as the “President’s Palace,” the “President’s House,” and the “Executive Mansion.” President Theodore Roosevelt officially gave the White House its current name in 1901.
The White House requires 570 gallons of paint to cover its outside surface.
For recreation, the White House has a variety of facilities available to its residents, including a tennis court, jogging track, swimming pool, movie theater, and bowling lane.