I was in Olympia WA recently for some meetings. The meetings were near the state capitol and with some time free at lunchtime, I wandered over to have a look around. The building is quite similar in form to a number of capitol buildings with a domed structure topping the main building. It was very nicely decorated with it being impressive without be too grandiose. I met one of the building guides as I came in and she kindly showed me around including letting me into one of the function rooms that is normally locked.
George Washington appears throughout the building in various places as you might expect for a state named after him. Neither chamber was sitting while I was there so I could go to the visitors galleries for both and walk around without restrictions. We even got to go into the Governor’s office to see the room in which he holds meetings with visitors. (We didn’t go into the office he occupies as I think he was in there at the time!) The grounds around the capitol were very nice too and it was a great day so not a bad way to spend a lunch break.
Aside from the visit to the zoo in Indy, we also too the opportunity to look around some of the city center. We were staying close to the canal and the capitol in the downtown area so were able to take a wander around without having to drive anywhere.
The canal seems to be a popular area with a bunch of development having gone on around it. I imagine it has been developed in stages since some of the areas seemed very new while others had obviously been around a bit longer.
There were some nice fountains, cafes, residential developments and bridges along the canal. It was nicely laid out and seemed to be popular with people riding bikes and running along the banks. Obviously not just tourists like us taking a look.
There are a couple of monuments along the canal. One is for medal of honor recipients and another is for the battleship USS Indianapolis which was lost with a heavy loss of life towards the end of the Second World War. Both where simply done but very interesting.
We also wandered over to the Capitol and the surrounding area. One part of it is something that I have seen many times whenever the Colts have a home game and the TV crews show surrounding city shots between plays. Interesting to finally see something for real that has been on TV so many times before.
Had a really nice time in Indy and found everyone to be unbelievably friendly and helpful. I wouldn’t be surprised to head back at some point.