Blogs from Washington, District of Columbia, United States, North America


Premier arrêt des vacances, Washington est impressionnant par la 'grandeur' du parc devant le avons pris 2 jours à 3 hres par jour pour pour faire le tour. Il faut avoir un bon mollet pour visiter Washington. Le trafic est toujours présent entre 30 minutes et 1h30 pour faire la même distance, selon l'heure et la congestion. Une fois un parking trouvé la vie est belle: $15 la première heure et $25 pour la journée, c'est certain qu'on y reste toute la journée. Le camping: Lake Fairfax était bien situé et pas cher, seul défaut: pas d'internet, on se débrouille comme on peut avec nos cellulaires! Voici quelques photos et A+... read more

It was an early start as I had a walking tour booked for the morning. I was doing a four hour walking tour covered all the sights of the National Mall and the Tidal Basin. After a quick breakfast, I took the metro to Federal Square and from there walked to the meeting point. Once again, there were two tour guides as the tour was very popular. We started just across from the Washington Monument, so we headed over there first. The monument was built in 1884 and was at that time the world's tallest building. It commemorates the USA's first president. The structure is impressive. We got to get a bit closer and I loved taking photos of the monument with the sun in sky. We could also see the White House across the road. ... read more
Washington Monument
Washington Monument
Washington Monument

I had arrived in Washington, D.C. the previous evening. I had taken the train all the way from Charleston. It had been a long ride about ten hours, but it had been comfortable and there was free WiFi. Amtrak had impressed me. My hostel was in a great location, about a 15 minute walk from the main train station. I got off to a bit of a slow start in Washington, D.C., since the weather was bad when I got up I spent the morning and the early afternoon running some errands. It was a lazy day and I didn't get up to much until my tour that I had booked for that evening. Once the weather got better, I ventured out. I still had some time before my tour was due to start and I ... read more
C&O Canal
C&O Canal
C&O Canal

New York-New York I was not looking forward to riding into downtown Manhattan but with our local lad,Craig,as our leader I became a little more relaxed until he missed the huge sign that directed us to turn right towards Manhattan....Bugger. Between Miss Muppet with her cel phone directions and Strings and my GPS we made it in a round about way to downtown and our hotel that Bones and Petal had secured for us. After unloading our gear we then rode up the road about 50 metres to the parking building that I had researched. After a bit of argy bargy we finally agreed to pay the US$50 per day per bike, lucky we were only staying two nights!! After a shower and change of clothes the girls took us off on a sight seeing bus ... read more
Nighttime in NY
The first skyscraper in NY.

Bonjour à tous, Ce soir j'ai juste déménagé de 2 km. L'hôtel où j'étais est complet pour la fin de semaine, et je ne pensais pas passer autant de temps dans cette ville que je trouve magnifique, voilà pourquoi je n'avais pas réservé plus longtemps. Hier j'avais prévu de laisser la voiture à l'hôtel jusqu' à cet après-midi, j'ai changé d'avis en voyant que la première station de métro était relativement éloignée de mon parcours. Comme j'ai des restes de fatigue des deux journées précédentes, la voiture était là bien venue. Je trouve à la garer assez facilement dans un parking le long du Potomac. Ce qui me surprends c'est qu'il soit gratuit, dans ce quartier aussi touristique. Le programme est simple, hier j'ai fait la partie est de la Maison Blanche, aujourd'hui c'est l'ouest, qui ... read more
Jefferson Memorial
Martin Luther King Memorial
Roosevelt Memorial (avec Fafa)

Bonjour à tous, La case pour le titre aurait été assez grande, J'aurais mis en titre "ALLO BARRACK JE SUIS À LA PORTE" Hier au soir tellement crevé de la journée je suis allé souper au restaurant de l'hôtel au 17ème étage. Une vue superbe sur Washington et sur la rivière Potomac. De bien que la vue. Une cliente, de dos je pensais que c'était un homme, bien carré, si je n'avais vue les marques du soutien gorge, à fait retourner 3 fois son vin, et 3 fois sa salade. Elle s'est levée et elle partie. Pour ma part les cannellonis étaient presque acceptables. À 9h 30 au lit mon bouquin, avant 10 h je dormais jusqu'à ce matin 7h. Les jambes allaient assez bien ce matin. A 8h30 j'étais à la station de métro, un ... read more
Smithsonian Castle
US Supreme Court
Clombus Circle

Bonjour à tous, En préparant l'organisation de ma journée, j'ai une mauvaise surprise, j'apprends que pour visiter le Pentagone, il faut réserver en cette période de vacances, au minimum 1 mois avant. Question de vérification et d'accréditation. Comme le Pentagone, est à environ une 7 ou 8 km de mon hôtel et pas trop en centre ville, je vais y aller en voiture, en passant par l'autre rive du Potomac côté Washington. juste pour avoir un léger aperçu de la ville. Je vais pas mal galérer pour y arriver, car "GèreMène" ne connait pas cette adresse, et comme le bâtiment est entouré d'autoroute pas facile. Lorsque je suis enfin sur la bonne bretelle d'accès visiteurs, j'arrive devant une barrière de péage pour le parking. Comme je ne vais pas rester, mais juste faire quelques photos, je ... read more
les tombes de JFK et Jacky
le cimetières
le Pentagone

On my run today, thoughts floated in my mind as to why I enjoy this seemingly painful sport so much. Yes, I take a lot of pleasure and relaxation in running, finding the hour or two when I’m on the road as a journey in itself. Maybe circumstances are a bit heavy for the moment, stresses piling up, or I need to mentally sort some thoughts and emotions. By the end of a five or six mile journey, problems seem to be solved, stresses melt away, anger and frustrations gone and replaced by a sense of inner peace. I run as much as I can, some phases in life more than others. For example, in the budding stages of the Syrian war, I ran so often to cope with the shocking horrors of an unraveling civil ... read more

Geo: 38.8921, -77.0241Snow still lying around but very sunny temperature much colder than yesterday -7 but feels like -15.8. Now we most of our bags we can repack all the "emergency purchase" have breakfast and make our way to Union Station.I spent the first two hours chasing down Emma's missing bag, on phone to United plus many emails. The bag is in Washington somewhere but we are leaving at 12:00 noon for station. United appear to have it in hand and we expect to finally see Emma's bag sometime whilst we are in New York. In the mean time we have had to purchase 3 more suitcases online because the locks have all been busted by TSA and are now useless, they are being delivered to our hotel in New York within 3 days so by ... read more

Geo: 38.8921, -77.0241TempWoke 7Breakfast in hotelBought Big Bus hop on hop off tickets for a tour of WashingtonGeorgetown Lincoln MemorialXXXXXXGetting a little concerned about missing bags and hearing nothing....Rang Covermore to find out what the process was. Advised once bags delayed 24 hours we could purchase emergency clothes etc to value of $375 per adult passenger but would need a "Property Irregularity Report" from United to be able to lodge the claim which we can't obtain until case closed.Not to miss an opportunity, off we went in haste to Macy's. Cold 1 degree but felt like minus 7 but we really need to get some underwear and at least a jumper. We had our jackets but it was COLD!!!Back the hotel for dinner, it's 19:30pm and whilst we are getting emails from United every 6 hours ... read more

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