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The Cardinal spent Friday and Saturday in Washington, D.C. before heading off to Italy.
Off To Italy
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 08/23/2015

Throughout the men’s basketball program’s tour of Italy, GoStanford.com will chronicle the experience with several posts during their 14-day journey to Rome, Florence, Venice, and Lake Como.

The Cardinal enjoyed its final two days in Washington, D.C. by continuing to explore the history behind our nation. Friday was spent away from the basketball court and in museum’s and government buildings, learning and taking in the sights.

First up was a guided tour of the Library of Congress, where the team got an up-close look at the thousands of works of literature within the buildings stone walls. The readings date back centuries and include works from President Thomas Jefferson’s personal collection.

The team then had nearly two hours to explore the National Mall on their own with several groups visiting the National Monument and White House, as well as the various museums along the Mall.   

The Cardinal completed the day of exploring at the United States Capitol Building, where it got an opportunity to visit Congresswoman Anna Eshoo’s private office. She has represented the 18th district of California, which includes Palo Alto, for 23 years. While congress is in recess for the month of August, the Cardinal visited with her aids and viewed the many pieces of legislation she helped the President sign into law. The tour continued into the U.S. Capitol, giving everyone a chance to view the main room where the House of Representatives meet. It’s the same room where the President gives his annual State of the Union address in January.

The team was then given some free time in the evening to continue to explore the city on their own.

The Cardinal was back on the court Saturday morning at the Washington Wizards practice facility, working on drills as it prepared for its six games in Italy beginning in just a couple of days.

Following practice, it was back to the hotel to pack for the evening flight to Europe. One final stop was left in the Cardinal’s tour of Washington, D.C., however. A visit to the National Cathedral was one the team and the staff will not soon forget. The historic building made completely of stone took 83 years to build. The guided tour explained the deep history of the National Cathedral, which includes nine chapels within its walls.

From the National Cathedral it was on to the airport, where the Cardinal took off for Europe.  


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