Washington, DC: Library of Congress

Are we in the United States, or in Europe? The façade of this building makes me do a double take for a second. Just a split-second.

 

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In this split-second, the façade of a particular building in Washington, DC makes me wonder if I’ve apparated in London. (If you didn’t catch the Harry Potter reference, that’s ok, we can still be friends.)

 

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Or perhaps we’ve been transported to Italy? The water is missing from this fountain, but even La Fontana di Trevi was dry last year during its Fendi-sponsored restoration.

 

 

Hmm…it could be Italy. After all, that ceiling above a grand hall looks like it might be found in a Vatican Museum hallway…or many a church in Rome.

 

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Speaking of that European feel, I look up (as one can’t help doing in interiors like this) and I wonder again if I’ve teleported into a Spanish church, a French museum, or a Portuguese palace.

 

 

Then I see the Capitol Building outside a window and I’m instantly transported back to America. Yup, we’re definitely still in the continental U.S. – as confirmed by a plaque at the building’s entrance.

 

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Gosh, if this is the Library of Congress, what other beautiful buildings can I freely access if I run for office?