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Europe » France September 4th 2014

Geo: 49.311, -0.35553 Well, we left good old Sacramento on time and arrived in Dallas early. We had a 4 hour layover until our departure for Paris. Just before boarding, they said that something was wrong with the plane and they were attempting to fix it. I saw a guy with a can of WD-40 and a big hammer, working on the flaps. After an hour they decided that everything was OK and we were off to Paris, with our fingers crossed! We got our car, a Renault Megane Coupe Sport. They were out of the standard 110 hp car and offered us the Sport model for no extra cost. It has larger wheels, red seat belts and 265 hp. This thing is a rocket! Fuel mileage is lousy, but if I can keep my foot ... read more
looking down the aisle, Notre-Dame
half timbered house in Rouen
front of the Saint-Maclou church in Rouen

North America » United States » California August 31st 2014

Geo: 38.6262, -121.325We are leaving on Sept. 2nd for a trip to France. We will travel in a counter clockwise direction, starting in Paris. We will be gone for 5 weeks, and hope to see a lot of the French countryside. Blogs and pics will be coming soon.... read more

North America » United States » California November 9th 2013

Geo: 38.6252, -121.328Made it back home safe and sound. 1670 miles by car, 9 states visited. Great time.... read more

Geo: 38.8921, -77.0241 Up early Thursday morning and off to the Capitol. We had reservations for a tour of the Capitol building. There is a tunnel over to the Library of Congress from the Capitol, so we took that over to look around there. Our next stop was the US Supreme Court. It was sprinkling out, so we dug out the umbrellas and headed out. We spent about an hour there and got to sit in the courtroom where the justices work. Stacy was very happy. One of the Supreme Court justices was actually a professor where Stacy went to law school and she was a student. It had stopped raining already. We went over to our Senators office and got visitors passes to go into the Capitol galleries. Not much was going on there, so ... read more
Another view
The main reading room at the Library of Congress
Inside the Capitol building

Geo: 38.8921, -77.0241 Up early and out the door. We had reservations for a tour of the Diplomatic Reception rooms at the State Dept. There are priceless works of art and furniture by American artists and cabinet makers in the rooms. These rooms are used to entertain government officials from other countries when they visit us. The rooms are spectacular, see pics. When we were done with the tour, we headed over to the Smithsonian Museum of American History. We spent the rest of the day there and still didn't see it all. We had a quick dinner and then went on a bus for a tour of Washington at night. All of the monuments are lit up. It was very nice. We didn't get back to our room until after 10:30PM. This morning, we walked ... read more
Stacy and I by the White House
Inside the Jefferson Memorial
Part of the FDR Memorial

Geo: 38.8921, -77.0241 We got up Saturday morning and headed to downtown York. We couldn't check in to our Washington hotel until after 3:00PM, so we took a tour of downtown York. There was a nice museum there and some old buildings to see. The Continental Congress moved to York from Philadelphia during the Revolutionary War because of the British invasion of Philadelphia. After looking at York we drove to Washington. It was a cool , cloudy day with light rain during our drive. We checked in, dropped our luggage in our room and drove to Reagan Airport to drop off the car. No more cars for us. We took a taxi back to our hotel. We got a map from the concierge, so we could plan our stay. We went up and unpacked, then had ... read more
Washington Monument
Stacy in front of the White House
Vietnam War Memorial

North America » United States » Pennsylvania » York November 1st 2013

Geo: 39.9645, -76.7243 On Wednesday we decided to visit the USS New Jersey for a tour. The ship is on the other side of the Delaware River in New Jersey. We found a train that crosses the Ben Franklin bridge and walked the rest of the way to the ship. That thing is gigantic! We had a great time climbing around the ship. We even got to go inside one of the forward turrets with the 16" guns. One thing I'm glad about is that after seeing all of this history, there is no test! Our hotel notified us that they would be turning off the power at 9:00 AM the next morning. Kind of interesting. They said that a piece of electrical equipment had to be replaced. For our trouble they gave us bottle of ... read more
Huts built by soldiers, Valley Forge
Leaves on the ground
House Washington stayed in

North America » United States » Pennsylvania » Philadelphia October 29th 2013

Geo: 39.9522, -75.1624 Up early and went to the Independence National Historical Park. We saw the Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was written and signed. After that, we went to Congress Hall where the first Congress began meeting. We later went to the Amtrak station to drop off the keys to our last car. The station is pretty nice. Stacy has determined that she is catching a cold now. It is not the same cold that I had, hopefully. The next morning we took the subway back to the National Park to see the Liberty Bell. It was pretty cool to see the bell. You can easily see the crack in the bell. Funny to find out that the bell was cast in England! After this, we walked to Washington Square to see a ... read more
Stacy at the first Supreme Court
Stacy at the Liberty Bell

North America » United States » Pennsylvania » Philadelphia October 26th 2013

Geo: 39.9522, -75.1624 We got up Thursday morning, grabbed a bus and headed toward the Hudson River. We went to the USS Intrepid, a retired aircraft carrier. We took a nice tour of the ship. It has a lot of planes on display on its deck. It also has the space shuttle Enterprise on its deck in a special tent. That thing is huge! It made all of the other planes look like toys. After the tour we grabbed a bus and headed to the Frick museum. The museum is actually the house that the Frick family lived in until they donated it to the city. It is a beautiful house built in the 19th century. The family collected a lot of art, especially small bronze statues. It was very impressive. After that we headed home ... read more
On the hanger deck
Sr71 on the flight deck
The Enterprise

North America » United States » New York October 23rd 2013

Geo: 40.7528, -73.9853 We got up Monday morning and got on the bus and headed to the United Nations building for a tour. We got there early and had to sit around for our tour to start. It was a really god tour even though the general assembly room was closed for renovations. It seems that almost everything we want to see has either scaffolding around it or is closed for renovation. We did get to go into a meeting that was going on in another room and got to see Mr. Moon, the head of the United Nations. Pretty cool. Our guide said that it was rare to see him in person. We then had some lunch and took a bus down to Greenwich Village. We walked around for a couple of hours looking at ... read more
Our carriage ride in Central Park
New condos by Central Park
Gapstow Bridge in Central Park

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