Page 2 of DebH Travel Blog Posts

Geo: 38.8921, -77.0241 Today was a bitterly cold day. Over breakfast in the hotel restaurant, everyone was warning about the upcoming storm, which was later named Storm Jonas. Luckily it seemed that the storm was due on Friday, the day that we were due to fly to Las Vegas. I had been annoyed that our flight had been changed from a mid-morning one to an 8:00am flight, but from what everyone was saying, it was starting to seem that it might be better to be able to escape early in the day. We caught a taxi from the River Inn to the Capitol Building where we had prebooked a tour from home. Unfortunately, the beautiful dome was totally covered in scaffolding. It seems wherever we travel something is being renovated. When we were in Italy recently ... read more
The US Capitol
Inside the Capitol
Inside the Capitol

Geo: 38.8921, -77.0241Sadly, we had to leave New York, and our daughters, to travel by Amtrak to Washington DC.We taxied to Union Station and proceeded to find a Red Cap to assist the eight of us with all of our luggage. The Red Cap area was packed, and there were lots of others trying to get assistance too. We lined up and when our turn came we gave them our train details, which were the same as the family after us in line. The Red Cap desk told us and the other families where to leave our luggage. We deposited our bags and went off to grab sandwiches for lunch along the way.It got closer and closer to our train time, but still the Red Cap hadn't come for our group, or the other families waiting. ... read more
Massive Farmhouse Platter at Founding Farmers

North America » United States » New York January 17th 2016

Geo: 40.7528, -73.9853 The two families separated again this morning as the others missed seeing the Air and Space Museum as they were shopping. While they did that, we spent our morning walking the Highline. While very cold, it was also very enjoyable, with interesting views in lots of places. We got off near Greenwich Village and had a stroll around that area and then went into Washington Square Park. We just loved the little parks all around the city. Our next stop was David Bowie's apartment. He had only just passed away a few days before, so we got to see the vast array of flowers and trinkets placed outside. Very sad. We were quite close to the famous Katz Deli so thought of having lunch there – until we saw the ridiculous queue in ... read more
Washington Square Park
Memorial to David Bowie
Katz's Deli

North America » United States » New York January 16th 2016

Geo: 40.7528, -73.9853This morning we separated from S and J and the boys as they had sports shopping to do, so we arranged to meet later in the morning prior to our pre-booked Circle Line Cruise. We started with a walk through the amazing Grand Central Terminal, stopping to listen to the Whispering Wall. We then headed up through Times Square – thank goodness we didn't stay here! Sort of like Piccadilly Circus on steroids – and continued walking up W47th Street to the Intrepid Air and Space Museum. This was a very interesting museum, great to see the Concord along with many other planes and boats. We all enjoyed it. We met up with the rest of the family at a café near Circle Line Pier. Can't remember its name, and it wasn't very good ... read more
Times Square
Intrepid Air and Space Museum
The Lady Liberty

North America » United States » New York January 15th 2016

Geo: 40.7528, -73.9853Another very cold sunny day. Unfortunately, our eldest daughter succumbed to her cold and elected to spend the day resting in the hotel, but the rest of us headed out into the sunshine to walk to Top Of The Rock. The queues weren't very long and we were quickly up the at top staring open mouthed at the amazing view. We spent a good hour or two up there, despite the cold wind, taking photos from every angle.After returning to ground level, we caught the subway to the stop closest to the Dakota Building on the edge of Central Park. Sadly, it was being renovated and was totally covered in scaffolding. We spent the next couple of hours walking the Park. We visited Strawberry Fields, Bethesda Terrace and the Belvedere Castle, again snapping photos ... read more
View of Central Park from Top of the Rock
View of St. Patrick's Cathedral from TOTR
View from TOTR

North America » United States » New York January 14th 2016

Geo: 40.7528, -73.9853Our first full day in New York, so very exciting. Unfortunately, our eldest daughter had a dreadful cold, so she was a little down, but soldiered on anyway. After the complimentary buffet continental breakfast served in the 2nd floor lounge, we headed out into a sunny but bitterly cold, windy day. We started by catching the subway down towards the 9/11 Memorial. The morning was spent viewing the Reflecting Pools, and the Survivor Tree. We decided not to go into the museum as we had a thirteen year old with us and everything we had read said it wasn't advisable for under 16s. The whole area had a haunting feeling of sadness about it.Our next stop was Battery Park. Here the force of the wind was really felt. Even though we were rugged up ... read more
Reflecting Pool at World Trade Centre
Survivor Tree at World Trade Centre
Battery Park

North America » United States » New York January 13th 2016

Geo: 40.7528, -73.9853Today was another travel day, so after a taxi to South Station, we got ourselves a Red Cap who helped organise our group of eight with seats in the same area and somewhere to stow all our luggage. It was our first time using Amtrak and at this stage we were very impressed.We had purchased baguettes from Le Bon Pain at the station for our lunch. Having bought food on the Eurostar on a previous holiday, we were very wary of train food. It was very pleasant to sip on a glass of wine, eat a baguette and watch the coastline go past. We arrived on time into Union Station, New York City and immediately hailed cabs to take us to our hotel, The Hotel Elysee, on East 54th Street. We were very excited, ... read more
Lake View from The Train on the Way to New York
Sea View from The Train on the Way to New York

North America » United States » Massachusetts » Boston January 12th 2016

Geo: 42.3585, -71.0596Today was our last day in Boston, so we decided to go slightly out of town and visit Harvard University. We caught the T (Boston's metro system) to Harvard Station. It is a very pretty university and we really enjoyed walking around it. There were guided tours, but we got some brochures from the tourist office and did our own tour. Today was not as windy as yesterday, so the cold didn't feel quite so bad. After looking around Harvard, we headed to the local shopping area and had Croque Monsieurs for lunch at Tory Row, a "gastro pub" in Harvard Square. We caught the T back to Boston and then visited the beautiful Boston Public Library. We walked past Trinity Church and back towards Boston Common for a bit of a wander around ... read more
Statue of John Harvard
Boston Public Library
Boston Public Library

North America » United States » Massachusetts » Boston January 11th 2016

Geo: 42.3585, -71.0596 We ate breakfast in the hotel restaurant. We generally prefer to do this as it is quick and easy before a big day of sightseeing. Boston in January is also extremely cold, so it was nice not to have to walk to find breakfast.We then set off into the beautiful but very cold and windy day for our self-guided walk of the Freedom Trail. There were large chunks of ice on the grassy areas as we walked along the street and it was certainly much, much colder than we are used to here in Melbourne. We started our tour just down the road at the Boston Common, where we were all enchanted by the squirrels. We don't have squirrels in Australia, so we find them fascinating. The Common was beautiful, even in the ... read more
Massachusetts State House
Massachusetts State House
Granary Burying Ground

North America » United States » Massachusetts » Boston January 10th 2016

Geo: 42.3585, -71.0596We were up early for our last Luques breakfast before Lorie's shuttle picked us up for the trip to the airport for our flight to Boston. We flew with Virgin America and had a perfectly pleasant flight. After arriving at Logan Airport. we caught two taxis to our hotel, The Lenox in the Back Bay. We had booked an executive room with a fireplace, as we knew that Boston would be cold. Luckily for S and J, they too were upgraded to a fireplace room.Here is my review of the Lenox Hotel: had a late dinner at Sola's Irish Pub in the hotel, before sharing a nightcap before the fire.... read more
Room with a Fireplace

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