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Published: July 12th 2011
Ok, I don’t know if it’s my sad, old netbook that doesn’t like photos or the internet connection… but they will be few and far between at this rate. Thankfully, I will bring my new one on my next trip =)
We left Hammonton around 9am for the trek down to Washington/Alexandria. In the process we drove thru Berlin and saw many other German references (Frankfurt Ave., Cologne, Hanover, etc.) Yep, I love that this time next month I’ll be in Europe.
Anyway! Drive down was relatively uneventful, yet long. When I google mapped it, I didn’t want to pay tolls, so we had a few scenic detours haha. Got to see some of Delaware and Maryland in the process. We drove along the outskirts of Philly (love all their brick buildings) and right thru Baltimore. Baltimore looked… a little sketch haha, not going to lie… but I think it was just the neighbourhood we happened to be in. (I liked the sign in the Burger King – “we may unlock the bathroom door for customers”. Hm.)
Originally we were going to go the hotel in Alexandria first and then take the metro to Capitol Hill, but between
traffic, detours and having left a little late… not an option. Instead we played the ever-thrilling “find a space, any space!” to park in Washington D.C… ‘tis a game I do not recommend 😉
After about 15min of driving in circles (we have no map by the way, lol), we finally found a lot with space and then had to trek to Capitol Hill in disgustingly hot and humid weather. (Felt like 41 degrees. Lovely)
The Tour was nice. We didn’t have to wait long – and the wait was while we stood in a large waiting area full of statues. Of course, that meant a kajillion photos haha. Tour started with a short video about the creation of the US and about the Capitol Building and Congress in general, and then we got to walk around a little bit.
We went into the Crypt (named so, despite the lack of body), the Rotunda, and another room full of statues. Unfortunately, because it’s so busy, you have to stay with your guide… so I couldn’t really get photos of all the statues. Ah well. The architecture within the building is quite something, especially the intricate details within
Kind of a shame the Tour is limited to only three rooms… I did the same Tour in Austin where we actually saw the entire building, including the Senate and Chamber. Now, I understand there’s quite a different between a State Capitol building and *THE* Capitol building – not to mention a security difference – but still.
After the tour, we had fun trying to find our hotel in Alexandria lol. I had printed instructions from Atlantic City, not from Washington… and now we were lost in downtown Washington during rush hour. Helloooooo failure..? We actually succeeded quite well for where we were… only got a little lost, and only added 10-15min to our trip because of that.
The hotel is quite nice! It’s a Holiday Inn, but is much nicer than they usually are. I was actually amazed by the fact there’s a gazebo..!! Yep. If it weren’t 40+ degrees, I would totally be out there all afternoon/night.
Tonight we drove around Alexandria for a little bit – it’s a historic little town, nice feel to it. No idea what I’m doing tomorrow yet… it’s supposed to feel like 47 degrees, so I think
that will limit my movement by quite a bit 😉
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