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North America » United States » Virginia » Washington February 19th 2014

Oh say - can you see all the sights in D.C. – in one day? Well, if you walk like a demon in between metro stations and don’t mind whistle-stop stops, then yeah, mostly. We set out after a mammoth breakfast fairly early so were both ‘stoked’ and ‘psyched’ to see the famous monuments. We packed in Abe, Korea, Pacific, the obelisk and Capitol Building. We were quite smug. I’d been excited to see the pool of reflection at Abe’s memorial because of the scene that features it in X-men: First Class. I’m such a nerd. What with all the walking and appreciating, by six we were famished again and ventured out to seek succour. We found a hip looking spot called Gordon Biersch and rounded on it hungrily. Now, let’s be clear, me and my ... read more

North America » United States » Virginia » Washington October 9th 2011

Well it has been a sunny few days in Washington. I have seen the Arlington Cemetry with the grave of JFK. I wandered around the Tidal Basin & saw the Thomas Jefferson memorial & saw the statute of Lincoln in the Lincoln memorial. The Capitol building & the Washington memorial looked majestic in the sunlight & the museums along the mall looked beautiful. I happened upon a festival celebrating different foods so naturally I sampled a few of them & enjoyed my first glass of cider in the sun. The White House was a sight to see and it has been great to see all the famous sights in this lovely city. I also happened to brefriend another English traveller in the street so it has been nice to share these sights with someone else. Tomorrow ... read more

North America » United States » Virginia » Washington June 9th 2011

Washington was full of memorial monuments and we didn't have time to do all that we wanted to do and go see all the well known memorials.. We did see the White House from distance, seems like security has been beefed up since Bin Laden's death and one can't get too close to important buildings.. Wasgington seemed like an outdoor museum full of historic and political pieces displayed in roads, parks and sidewalks, a very different feel to some of the other cities we have been to. I have very little time and still have a whole lot to write about..so I might fill in on Washington on a later date...but the pics should give you an idea... chat later x... read more
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North America » United States » Virginia » Washington April 24th 2011

we are sitting at the airport in London already and waiting for our plane to Mumbai. I know we are late with writing but the time goes soo fast... Anyway we got to Washington by Amtrak train again. The train took 35 hours but included 2 nights which wasn't so bad. After our arrival and after viewing the train station you could already tell that this city is somewhat different. The Union Station was reopened in 1988. It was the largest, most complex public/private restoration project ever attempted in the United States. In 1903, Daniel H. Burnham, Director of Works, principal architect of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, was chosen to design Union Station. The white granite and classic lines used in Union Station set the mode for Washington's classic monumental architecture for the next ... read more
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North America » United States » Virginia » Washington March 21st 2011

Second day in the capitol I planned to take it easy, relax a bit and move whenever I felt like it to the capitol building(the only monumental object left after yesterdays tourist-madness) and a museum or two(they have like 20 on a couple of blocks). So it happened as was planned, got up at ten-ish, did some internet stuff and then set out for lunch and some culture-soaking afterwards. Firstly I intended to visit the National Archives, a museum like building(it also holds, u would never guess, archives of like all emigration and business-documents) which holds exhibits of pieces like the declaration of independence and all those fancy important documents, the war between the Union(north) and Confederates(south), and the more important presidents. As a second I picked the National Museum of Natural History, which is a ... read more
National Museum of Natural History
Reflecting pool(its magic !!) and Capitol building.

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North America » United States » Virginia » Washington March 20th 2011

The last day in NYC I set out to do nothing in particular besides visiting little Italy which I had missed the day before by going over Manhattan bridge, getting to liberty island, and of course being in time for my 8.30bus to DC. So again I took the subway down south to the ferry. Where to my amazement the waiting line seemed even longer then the day before, so getting to liberty island seemed out of the question. I found that to be a bit of a pity but not the end of the world... little Italy here I come!! It seemed more like Chinatown-in-a-little-Italy though but besides some fighting between grown people there wasn’t rlly anything special to be seen here unless U count 30chandeleer shops in a row as something to be remembered. ... read more
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North America » United States » Virginia » Washington July 5th 2010

You know that its going to be an interesting day when the first thing you hear upon waking up in the morning is, "Hey... if it's ok... I might need to go to a medical centre today guys". Those of you who have loved ones travelling with me will be pleased to know that no medical interventions were actually required. And so we set out, into another ridiculously hot day (around 40 degrees celcius) to once again make the 'short' walk down to the Mall. Washington on the Independance Day public holiday was eerily empty, a different place to where Gez and I had been walking with hundreds of thousands of people just the night before! As we walked past a rather grand building adorned with lots of patriotic banners, I noticed in big letters "D.A.R.". ... read more
Yes, it is! Daughter of the American Revolution!
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North America » United States » Virginia » Washington July 4th 2010

Through a combination of luck and good mangement, this 4th of July we awoke in one of the most famous towns in America. Independance Day is a very big deal in Gettysburg (and the rest of the country for that matter). Civil war enthusiasts from all over the nation had gathered to re-enact the famous battle staged at Gettysburg, so naturally we went along to take a look. With the temperature already near 40 degrees before it was even 10am we joined a couple of thousand other people in the middle of a huge field, ready to experience the battle for ourselves. Gez and I took a walk around beforehand and got chatting with a few of the participants. These people are passionate about their hobby and were very keen to talk to us about their ... read more
Posing with a Northener
The southerner's camp
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North America » United States » Virginia » Washington June 3rd 2010

Since I started moving northward I have run into more unsettled weather (rain!) However, the one morning it was clear and cool so I decided to make the drive into West Virginia. Casey has done a lot of white-water rafting in W. Virginia and both he and Beverley really enjoy it there. To get to West Virginia I had to climb over part of the Appalachian Mountains. What a beautiful drive. A LOT of trees though, and the road was very narrow and twisty. At one point I had planned to take the motor home into W. Virginia for a week but am glad I didn’t attempt it, it would’ve been very hard on the equipment. I will go back one day but not via this route! West Virginia was a part of the State of ... read more
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North America » United States » Virginia » Washington March 27th 2010

Now that the season is changing the weather was perfect for a day out to down town Washington. Form the hotel Tracy and I took a bus to the nearest Subway station and from there straight to down town. As you exit the Subway station we were at the back of the White House (with all the security). We walked down The Ellipse (the park below the White House) and went to the Washington Monument. Form the hill we saw the Lincoln Memorial and the U.S Capital Building. It feels like you are in a movie when you stand there. On the way back we got to see the famous view of the White House. There were snipers on the roof (over reacting if you ask me) scanning for danger. Washington was much more relaxed than ... read more
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