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  • Day16

    Hitting the road

    November 15, 2017 in the United States

    We hired a car in DC and hit the road heading south through Virginia. We spent the night in Blacksberg which is a University town and we found a delightful diner called Lefties that had some delicious craft beers that they brew on site. We also went to the movies and saw Orient Express and ate a crazy amount of american candy!

  • Day110

    WASHINGTON, D.C.

    July 18 in the United States

    Thanks to my taste for crime fiction, I had imagined Washington to be a city full of crack addicts on every corner, rampant crime, and sad homelessness. I am so pleasantly surprised! Well, maybe it is, but definitely not in the tourist hot-spots, and also no signs of it in Arlington, where we are staying. It's all clean, wide streets, organic markets, and fresh air. The Metro is the cleanest and easiest of all we have traveled. No one has asked us for cash and it feels okay to sit on the subway seats and there are no unpleasant city smells.

    Today we walked from the Capitol down the long National Mall to the Lincoln Memorial. We caught a few glimpses of the White House on the way back to the Metro. But 20,000 steps on we were too tired to tourist further. Good thing we have a week here. Sooooo much to do!

    MONDAY:
    Washington is great (apart from our president, who is a national disgrace). There’s so much to see, do, and learn. Nonetheless, we are never at risk of taxing ourselves. Caught up with my cousin, Matt, & his lovely family on Saturday. Very nice to see him after something like 20 years (& I hope I didn’t refer to him as Tony too often- the Lewis boys definitely look alike!) Another highlight was catching up with Michael & Tonya, fellow debate-team/ speech & drama nerds and v close friends from high school. They have gone on to live spectacular lives and I had no idea how much I missed them. Could have spent all day chatting.

    We have toured the US Capitol, the Library of Congress, visited the White House, and played at the Smithsonian Museum of American History. And we haven’t even made a dent!!
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  • Day16

    3.2 Going out with the boat

    September 8 in the United States

    It’s really cool, if you have the chance to go out with the boat whenever you want. Well, weather and tide are to be taken into consideration.

    And if you are lucky, you see dolphins and an wonderful sunset. NICE.

  • Day5

    Blue Ridge Mountain Parkway

    August 21 in the United States

    Bei mäßigem, zum Teil schlechtem Wetter, haben wir uns entschieden eine größere Strecke in die Blue Ridge Mountains zu absolvieren.

    Dennoch wollten wir nicht ausschließlich auf der Interstate fahren, sondern einen Teil der 755km langen Panoramastrasse - dem Blue Ridge Mountain Parkway - mitnehmen. Das Wetter gestaltete sich hier komplett unterschiedlich: bewölkt, Starkregen, leicht bewölkt, Sonnenschein ☀️

    Alles in allem = erfrischend grün ⛰
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  • Day18

    3.3 Visiting the capital of Virginia

    September 10 in the United States

    I was lucky to be able to visit my cousin who is studying at VCU as an art student.

    I stayed quite a while and we had a lot of fun. Thanks Melissa.

  • 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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  • Day19

    Williamsburg

    April 8 in the United States

    We had a great day today in Williamsburg. After a good night's sleep but pretty average breakfast we drove to the visitor welcome centre and bought our tickets for the next three days. Williamsburg is a totally authentic revolutionary town with pretty streets, beautiful homes and lots of employees dressed up in character for the 1700s. For example we enjoyed talking to Caesar Hope the slave who was freed and became a barber. we also spoke to the shoemaker and really enjoyed going through the governor's palace.

    We had a soup and sandwich lunch at the Red Tavern and after lunch we walked up to the Arts Museum and were wowed by an address by a gentleman role-playing George Washington. It was very clear to us that the locals know their history very well and many questions were being asked including some by quite small children. Another highlight was going through the lawyers house he was called John Whyte. He assisted George Washington with the declaration of independence and many important people visited and stayed at his abode.
    Another highlight of today was that we saw lots of blue sky, felt the sunshine and many blossoms are now appearing. In the Main Street of Williamsburg the roads were closed off and there was a market with live music and stallholders which was very pleasant.
    Tonight we chose Kephi's Restaurant - greek and delicious. We also only had entrees, salad and dessert - no main course. Much more suitable quantities!
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  • Day18

    Long drive to Williamsburg

    April 7 in the United States

    This morning we packed said goodbye to Erica and Ian and sent off in our giant vehicle. Initially the countryside was lovely but once we got onto the motorways it proved to be much more challenging and busy. Nevertheless Craig was a hero as always and after 7 1/2 hours driving with A couple of stops we eventually checked in to our hotel Called the Spring Hill SUites by Marriot at Williamsburg. After a cheerful check-in, we had a rest in our room which is spacious with dirty carpets.
    For dinner tonight we went across the road to the recommended restaurant called food for thought. We shared Each course which included a tasty salad followed by scallops wrapped in bacon and an okay cream brulée. The Restaurant pub was very busy and there seems to be a lot of people here. Generally, we are finding that food seems More expensive than in Australia once you and the service tip.
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