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Andrei Sakhorov Plaza

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  • Day23

    Washington and Sunshine! Day2.

    April 12, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    April 12, 2018
    This morning we had some yoghurt & fruit in our room and then organized an Uber ride down to the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum. The Uber worked really well and the driver was very friendly. The Museum was a real ‘wow’ for Craig and I was suitably impressed with all the planes, rockets and war displays. They have amazing things on display included space shuttle, Apollos and even the Wright Brothers plane. I particularly love Amelia Earhart’s pretty red plane!! It was free and so we went to the Washington National Art Gallery next. We loved amazing art there including one Leonardo Da Vinci, Monets, Renoirs and other French Impressionists, Cezanne’s – didn’t love the portraits; also loved another Singer Sergeant and some Whistlers and American Art including the bronze Shaw Memorial – commemorating the role of the African American soldiers. The guides were very helpful and friendly! We had sandwich lunches at the Art Gallery Café.
    It was such a lovely sunny day – no coats and we really enjoyed going through the Art Gallery sculpture park with the fellow Washingtonians sunning themselves outside. During his presidency, bloody Trump has converted a beautiful Post Office building into another one of his expensive hotels. What an unethical person he truly is! The walk back to the hotel was very pleasant indeed. Washington has very wide avenues and magnificent buildings.
    This evening we walked out to Tortino's Restaurant - Italian but everyone working there was Mexican! We didn't like the gnocchi much but loved the salad + burrata + especially the SemiFreddo of amaretto flavour. Another good day and so far we really like Washington.
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  • Day22

    Blossoming Washington DC!

    April 11, 2018 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 11 °C

    We didn’t rush to leave but left about 9am. The roads were busy but fine and as always Craig was amazing in the car – love him so!! We arrived around 12pm and parked in front of the Madison Hotel and walked our bags down to our hotel – The Architect. We couldn’t check in but left, got petrol and then returned our car to the Renaissance hotel – which was a little tricky to find but okay. We then set out for a long and wonderful walk. We are located in the financial district, which is very close to the White House We walked down and saw many amazing, large impressive buildings including the Eisenhower and walked through the Ellipse section of parklands near to the very tall Washington Monument. More walking took us to the Memorial fountain area, which leads to the Reflection Pool (as in Forrest Gump!!) which was very moving and leads up to the Lincoln Memorial. We then walked by the District of Columbia War Memorial, which looks like a little Roman temple. We found the Martin Luther King Statue, which is quite remarkable – I loved it and it is a suitable tribute to this significant man. Then our hearts were joyous – the Washington cherry blossom trees are in full, gorgeous bloom and absolutely looked fantastic. One for the bucket list. It was a long walk home but Washington is a well laid out, clean city with many buildings on a massive scale.

    After a much-needed rest, we walked out for dinner at a nearby restaurant called GEORGIA BROWNE’S. I had a yummy Catfish Caesar Salad – suitably spicy and Craig enjoyed his pork chop! I also enjoyed my blueberry Mojito. Great day again!
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  • Day24

    Government day!

    April 13, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    This morning after breakfast of oats with fruit at a local bakery we took another Uber down to the Thomas Jefferson memorial we have been impressed with Uber so far. This memorial is also another very impressive one and we were lucky to be there for the 275th celebration of Thomas Jefferson. We saw a ceremony with officials and military soldiers who looked great in their regalia and they played music 🎵 and laid flower wreaths. Next we went to the Capitol building Which is the government house and it shines brightly. In the sunlight. We waited around for dignitaries to Leave and then went downstairs to the visitor centre. Fortunately, we were able to get into a tour and had a good look around at the dime and saw the many statues representing each of the American states and several of the presidents - but not all of them.
    Then we walk down to the Union Square train station. This is another impressive building for a train station And we had lunch there at Johnny Rockets, finally an American diner👍
    Long walk home and it was actually quite hot we got sweaty😫. We enjoyed a cool drink at the Post Pub next door to our hotel and then a rest.
    This sunny evening we ventured out for our final meal at an excellent restaurant called Centrolina. Yummy pasta with ricotta mint and fava bean was the highlight and it was in a very trendy area near to all the expensive shops. Lovely balmy evening walk home. Off to Chicago tomorrow. 😉❤️
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