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East Arlington (historical)

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  • Day9

    Dynamite Tour of Washington DC

    November 22, 2017 in the United States

    This morning we were collected by Brian from Bi-Partisan Tour Company, to start our tour of Washington. Although we had visited a number of places the day before, we were happy to return to them. Brian runs an excellent tour. He is passionate about Washington and history, and he tells a great story. We started off at the 2nd World War Memorial, followed by the Lincoln Memorial and the Korean War Memorial. We then briefly passed by Arlington Cemetery, which is located across the Potomac River, the Airforce Memorial, and the Pentagon, which is huge. Around 15,000 staff work there, and about 4,000 contractors - the busiest Starbucks is located at the Pentagon!

    We then crossed back over the Potomac and went to the Jefferson Memorial, which is surrounded by cherry blossom trees and sits on the shore of the Tidal Basin (so it was very chilly and windy). During the construction of the Jefferson Memorial, a number of ladies chained themselves to the cherry trees in protest of them needing to be chopped down for the Memorial. To deal with this, President Roosevelt ordered his staff to prepare tea, coffee and cake for the protestors and, within a couple of hours, the ladies needed to be excused, so that was the end of the protest and construction proceeded. Next we went to the Roosevelt Memorial and the Martin Luther King Jnr Memorial, and we were able to walk between them along the Tidal Basin. Once again we have had great weather - blue sky and sunshine - although a bit nippy!

    After a lunch break we visited the front of the White House, then onto the Einstein Memorial, the National Academy of Sciences, and the Vietnam War Veterans Memorial - which is a wall that is cut into the earth and slopes down into the ground. All 58,272 war casualties are listed on the wall in the order they died. There was a competition for the design of this Memorial, and it was won by a recent graduate - all 9 judges agreed on the design from 1,500 entries. It is both a somber and powerful Memorial. We then headed back down the National Mall towards the US Capital Building on the Hill. The view down the Mall to the Washington Monument through to the Lincoln Memorial is quite breathtaking. We also saw the Grant Memorial and the Peace Monument. Brian then drove us through Chinatown and dropped us at the International Spy Museum.

    The International Spy Museum was very interesting and a bit of fun. On entering you are asked to pick an alias that you must memorise the details of and be tested on. I was Gary Wozniak, 25 years, Canadian Citizen, born in Waipau NZ, a teacher who was in Singapore for 90 days for work.

    There were lots of the tools of the spy trade on display, and biographies on some of the most notorious spies through the ages up to current times. There was also a special exhibit - "Exquisitely Evil: 50 Years of Bond Villians" which was very entertaining.

    We then headed back to the hotel and stopped in at "The Hamilton" for dinner. Once again, we had a big day, walking over 13,000 steps.
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  • Day2

    National Holocaust Memorial Museum

    March 12, 2017 in the United States

    A sobering event for all of us. We all leaned more about the magnitude of this tragedy and have a new appreciation for the enormous needless suffering. The girls and Papa were surprised at the sheer size of the gas chambers. Mom and Dad never realized the US would not harbor Jewish survivors. The children's exibit telling the story through " Daniels Diary" was especially well done. We all liked the identification cards given at the start of the exibit.Read more

  • Day2

    National American History Museum

    March 12, 2017 in the United States

    We divided amd conquered this crowded gem. Clara and Mom did the speed tour through almost all the exiibits. Dad, Papa. Myla, and Millie took a more leisurely approach spending a good bit of time in Power Machinery Exibit. All the girls liked the First Ladies gowns and china. The whole crew enjoyed the Star Spangled Banner Exibit with the flag that inspired our national anthem. No trip to this museum is complete without viewing Dorothy's Red Slippers.Read more

  • Day2

    National Monuments and Memorials

    March 12, 2017 in the United States

    We took a chilly but beautiful stroll along the reflection pond to the Lincoln Memorial which was Dad and Millie's favorite of the day. Clara loved the Washington Monument. Mom liked the new World War II Memorial and Myla liked the soldiers at the Korean War Memorial. Of course the squirrels. ducks and bagpipe player were big hits! Our trip planner found the perfect sign near by.

  • Day3

    International Spy Museum

    March 13, 2017 in the United States

    This was Myla's DC must do and she thoroughly enjoyed it. Myla and Millie completed a Harry Potter spy guide. Millie liked hanging on the bar like James Bond would do. Check out the disguises of Papa and Dad. Mom had fun helping them create their undercover get up.

  • Day3

    National Archives Musuem

    March 13, 2017 in the United States

    Our expert planner planned a timed entry to see our historical documents. We quickly found out what happens when someone other than us snapped a photo. We alll liked the exhibit explaining the Bill of Rights and Admendments. Clara liked the Declaration of Independence. Myla reseasched our family tree in the learning center.

  • Day3

    Cherry "Buds" around the Tidal Basin

    March 13, 2017 in the United States

    The Spring Break cold snap slowed the Cherry Tree Bloom so we enjoyed the pink buds instead. Myla and Millie searched hard for the Indicator Tree but no luck. We opted to skip the paddle boats due to the chilly temperature and walk instead. Mom and Dad took a picture in the same spot as the infamous "Pregnancy photo" 12 years ago. Check out the Weather Channel Truck getting ready to film the snow storm.Read more

  • Day3

    Jefferson Memorial

    March 13, 2017 in the United States

    This was one of Clara and Dad's favorite memorials. Papa pointed out all the architectural featues and Dad made sure everyone read Jefferson's quotes. We learned the "dirt" on the monument was biofilm which was a mixture of fungi and mold.

  • Day4

    Roosevelt Memorial

    March 14, 2017 in the United States

    One of Mom, Dad, Papa, and Clara's favorite memorials was this meandering beauty. I think it speaks to our Tenessee Valley heritage. Roosevelt"s dog "Fala" was almost attacked by a local pooch which was quite funny.

  • Day4

    It's snowing!

    March 14, 2017 in the United States

    The girls were beside themselves with the prospect of snow and Mother Nature did not dissappont. We met Myla's friend Olivia at the Washington Monument to play play play. They built 2 snowmen "Trump and Ivanka" hoping they would make it on TV. Turns out many tourists took their picture between the snowmen. The adults just tried to huddle up close to the memorial to stay warm. Dad was a trooper and helped gather snow for the snowmen. It was beautiful to see the National Mall in white.Read more

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