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Published: April 10th 2010
"thank you Japan"
After visiting several capitals of European nations, we finally see our own...
...For this "tour", we haven't hired guides to tell us about the history behind the monuments, (although we will next time!) there is no need to translate the local language, and there is no need to wonder about the food offered on the menus. This time, we know the history of the people and events that shaped this nation's heritage. We are finally touring our own country's capital city, Washington D.C. Here we are joined by good friends, and it is peak weekend for the famous Cherry blossoms!
We booked seats on the train, and had a very relaxing trip into Union Station. From there, a walk to our hotel, and we are sight seeing once again!
Our long winter has been very cold, this is the first weekend with enough warm spring weather to bring thousands of tourists out. But, we rise early each day to make the most of the morning light, and empty venues, before the throngs of other tourists jam the walkways, and museums
The Cherry trees are beautiful, despite the winter storm damage that they suffered. As our cab driver said when he dropped
us off at the tidal basin, "you are not alone!" Literally thousands of us had the same idea to be out early to get the morning sun light.
In two and half days we see as much as we possibly can. Arlington Cemetery, the Cherry trees around the Tidal basin, monuments to Jefferson, and Franklin Roosevelt, the Lincoln Memorial at sunrise, the Vietnam and Korean War memorials, Newseum, and the Smithsonian's Natural History, and Air & Space Museums...all while the Easter holiday traffic around the national mall is at a standstill! One cab we hailed to get over to the cemetery, had a driver that -bless his heart- had only been on the job (and possibly in the country) since 4 days before we arrived! Suffice it to say that it was a hour and half in a cab that we won't soon forget!
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