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  • Day14

    Tour of the Capitol

    November 14, 2017 in the United States

    We did a tour of the US Capitol building in the afternoon and it was fantastic. It is a beautiful building with a lot of history. The dome that sits on top took 11 years to contruct and sits 88 meters high.

  • Day151

    Congress is in Session!

    November 15, 2017 in the United States

    We had an amazing day in Washington DC! Started with our tour inside the Whitehouse- East Wing, then walked down the grassed Mall with memorials and monuments, quick trip into the Smithsonian Institute and through to the Capitol building for our tour- an amazing and beautiful building. In the Capitol building where the US Government sits, we were able to sit in on both a session in The Senate and also Congress. Late afternoon over to the Library of Congress just before it was closing-we happened to be in the lift with a gentleman from the library on his way out and so he was wonderful and took Meaghan, Bek and I on our own personal little tour!- highlight of the day!!Read more

  • Day322

    Washington DC

    August 30, 2016 in the United States

    Nach einer Busfahrt über Nacht sind wir in Zentrum der Macht angekommen. Von hier aus regiert noch Präsident Obama die USA. Besonders am Weißen Haus mangelt es an Sicherheitskräften nicht weiter, so wurden selbst wir auf dem Bürgersteig abgewiesen. Jedoch gab es noch eine Menge anderes Zeug zu sehen und zu unserem Glück hatten alle Museen etc. bei der extremen Hitze eine Klimaanlage. Apropo Museen, davon gibt's ausreichend hier und alle sind zudem noch kostenlos. Drei davon haben wir sogar geschafft.
    Am Abend haben wir wie üblich in deutscher Runde im Hostel zusammen gesessen und ein Bierchen getrunken. Als die Nachtruhe in Hostel immer näher rückte, lockte uns der Besitzer mit kostenlosen Bier außer Haus ... war ein schöner letzter Abend in DC.
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  • Day14

    White House

    November 14, 2017 in the United States

    We did a White House tour and got to hang out with Trump while Melania made us grilled cheese. We got to see quite a few historical rooms in the mansion but nothing too juicy.

  • Day13

    A monumental day in Washington DC

    November 13, 2017 in the United States

    Monuments and memorials in DC including the Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt, Martin Luther King Jnr, Korean War, Lincoln and Einstein. They are all spectacular and very majestic.

  • Day63

    Harper's Ferry/Washington DC 1023.7

    July 4, 2017 in the United States

    We had planned to sleep in on our first ZERO day but it didn't work, so we were already up at 7. I've finally had the time to look into the problem with the new US mobile phone as we weren't able to make calls anymore. But this also didn't work and in the end it was even locked and not possible to unlock it anymore... Frustrated I gave up with it and saved it for later. As we still had some time left until the - delayed, of course - Amtrak train to Washington DC arrived, we sat next to the Shenandoah River and had a beer.
    Together with Jon we went on the Sightseeing Tour. As I've already been to Washington, I've guided them around along "The Mall", how the strip between the Capitol and the Lincoln Memo is called. There were many exhibitions, food trucks and other things along the ways because of the 4th. I was super excited to see a food truck with Mexican food and Torta Cubana. I've had food fantasies about it for some time!!! But unfortunately it wasn't as tasty as expected :(
    So on the way we got USA tattoos, flags, stickers and we felt like we adjusted well to the patriotic behavior around us :D With a pack of beer (Budweiser which just said "America" on the cans) and White Cheese Popcorn we were excited about the fireworks. And also a bit disappointed because it wasn't much more than an usual village fireworks that we were used to.
    For the night we went back to the Union Station because our train was supposed to leave as early as 5 in the morning... A mistake as were about to see...
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  • Day7

    Montreal to Washington DC

    November 20, 2017 in the United States

    Much of today was spent waiting around for flights, taxis etc. Our flight was delayed by an hour, and then we had to wait while they de-iced the wings (not that I am complaining - safety first always). We left chilly Montreal and the snow, and landed in sunny and mild Washington DC. The drive downtown tour hotel was during “rush hour”, so it took a while. We were impressed by how clean and well set out the roads were - especially having just come from Montréal, where there is major roadworks happening everywhere.

    After checking into the Sofitel, we decided to take a bit of a walk to check out the surrounding area, and also build up our steps for the day. We saw the White House (smaller grounds than I imagined), walked past Department of Treasury, The Ellipse, Washington Monument, and the Federal Triangle, and then looked for somewhere to eat. The first couple of restaurants we tried were packed, with 40 minutes waiting time - I was surprised they were so busy for a Monday night. We finally found a place near our hotel - Woodward Table - which was very good. Tomorrow we plan to visit a number of museums at the Smithsonian, and then visit a number of memorials. We are really excited to finally make it to Washington DC.
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  • Day8

    A Monumental Day

    November 21, 2017 in the United States

    We awoke to a beautiful sunny day. We headed off for breakfast, and then down to the Washington Memorial, with the intention of getting tickets to take the elevator up to the observation deck. We got there to find it was closed because of structural problems resulting from an earthquake in 2011 (magnitude 7.6). Some repairs were undertaken and it re-opened last year, but the elevator kept breaking down and now it is closed indefinitely. So, after taking photos towards the Capital and the Lincoln Memorial - located at either end of the National Mall - we then headed to the Smithsonian precinct to visit a number of museums.

    We started with the Museum of Natural History, where we particularly enjoyed the mammal exhibition, and one on Human Origins, and I was impressed with the Hope Diamond. We then went to the American History Museum, where we found out about the Star Spangled Banner (flag and song). It only became the National Anthem in 1931. There was also an interesting exhibition on the Presidents.

    After lunch, we went to the Museum of African American History, which was only opened about a year ago. It is a wonderful modern building, and the exhibition is outstanding. It starts with the History Galleries that take you through Slavery and Freedom (1400 - 1877), then Defending Freedom, Defining Freedom: The Era of Segregation (1876 - 1968), and the last history gallery - A Changing America: 1968 and Beyond. The exhibits were very graphic and it was quite emotional to read about the history of the African Americans, especially the personal accounts. There were a further three galleries that cover culture, community and heritage, but we ran out of time, and were feeling quite drained after completing the first three galleries.

    We then headed down the National Mall towards the WW2 Memorial, the reflection pool and the Lincoln Memorial. After this we walked through the parks back towards the White House, and our hotel. The foliage is stunning at the moment, especially against the backdrop of a beautiful blue sky.

    We did see POTUS depart from the White House in his helicopter, with two other helicopters escorting him, and they basically shut down the surrounding streets. We also spotted some secret service staff on the roof of one of the federal buildings. As we walked past the White House the police were clearing Lafayette Park - we're not sure why, they don’t give any explanation. By the time we got back to the hotel we had clocked up 18,218 steps, and felt a bit knackered.

    After a bit of a rest and freshening up we headed out for dinner to Bidwell, a restaurant that we had read about in the Age travel section. It was located in the Florida Avenue Farmers Market. It was recently awarded a Bib Gormand from Michelen for great food at reasonable prices. The meal was delicious and enjoyed by all three of us.
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Washington, D.C., Ουάσιγκτον, WAS, 워싱턴 D.C., Vasingtonia, Vašingtonas, Waszyngton, 20001, Вашингтон

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