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May 27, 2016 - Neighborhoods

Sigh......I had an hours worth of this day written, and then it disappeared!! Very bummed about the loss. This day dawned with bright blue sky and sunshine. Anna and Julian had things to do and so her mother and father, Beate and Ralf took us on their 'backyard tour'. The backyards in question are actually courtyards hidden behind the buildings facing the street. The would be better called courtyards, and in German, are called 'hof'. I was later told that the business was on the street and the apartments above the business, and on the...

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May 26, 2016 - Supreme Court, Arlington and White House At Last

Today's schedule is a tour of the Supreme Court building and Arlington. We were not able to schedule a tour of the White House. We were told that tours were booked through August. Once again Anne had arranged the Supreme Court tour ahead of time, so we were able to go inside the chambers and hear a 30 minute presentation about the court and the Justices. The courtroom was smaller than I expected but nonetheless grand. Afterward we ate lunch in the cafeteria at which time I asked if we could include a look at the White House from the gates....

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May 26, 2016 - A visit to Berlin

Anna, Dean and I left the flat and walked to the subway. We were headed for The Bunker, a remnant on one of three massive bunkers built at the beginning of WWII to defend Berlin from the air power of England and the US. Each bunker consisted of four towers built of concrete and reinforced steel. Each tower had gun emplacements that shot out flak grenades against the planes. There were also living quarters for the soldiers and area to provide shelter to civilians during the attacks. At the end of the war it was decided that, as part of the...

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May 25, 2016 - Touring Capitol and Monuments

Washington DC, day 2. I am telling you this is one beautiful city and one of the greatest highlights of this trip, which I am thinking of renaming. Thinking of renaming to Bob and Rita's Trip through History!! There was lots of great history going through Savannah and Charleston and now Washington!! Today we had an appointment to tour the Capitol through Representative Babin's office, arranged by Anne. And it was a good thing Anne scheduled this for us because the wait was long for those without appointments. What a tour it was!! It was...

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May 25, 2016 - On the road again 1

Well, we packed up our bags, bid our Air B&B host, Elsie, goodbye, caught the tram to Central Station and got on our train to Berlin with no problems. It was another gray, cool and cloudy day. On the train we were in a four person compartment. Initially we had two other seat mates but the young woman disembarked at the first stop. The rest of the six hour trip to Berlin we were accompanied by a young Coast Riccan man, Ignacio. He was very nice and we had some interesting conversations. He lives in northern Spain currently but is traveling...

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May 24, 2016 - Washington DC

WE MADE IT!! We got to Washington DC yesterday and are staying at Cherry Hill RV park. We got here mid afternoon and got set up. Personnel at the park gave us an hour of instruction on how to navigate around Washington. Afterwards our eyes looked glazed over and we left with a METRO card, a handful of brochures and a headache!!! Nonetheless we struck out on Tuesday morning determined to conquer METRO, the subway, and any other form of transportation we could use. All of it worked great but really it's all about walking, walking, walking!!...

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May 24, 2016 - A sobering view

Today it was not so rainy, but still cloudy with a bitter, biting wind. I really did not want to get out of bed. But I did, and we headed for the old Jewish quarter today. We began with a visit to the Dutch Resistance Museum. In May of 1945 the Germans attacked Holland. There was a five day fight but in the end the Dutch chose to surrender, rather than suffer more killing. So, then the Germans took over. Initially not much changed for any of the people in Amsterdam. The Germans were wiley in their desire to make everyone think they were...

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May 23, 2016 - Old Dutch Masters

Woke to pouring rain as well as wind. I must say I did not come prepared for winter weather. I have one pair of long pants which I have worn every day since we got here. It doesn't look much better where we are headed either. I think I am going to get mighty sick of those pants. Today we left heading for the Rijksmuseum, which is purported to contain the best collection of Old Masters of the Golden Age from the 17th century. Spending time in a museum is great place to spend a rainy day, and today we spent time in two famous museums. I...

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May 22, 2016 - Our first taste of Amsterdam.

So, after ten+ hours of sleep we woke, refreshed and ready to go exploring. We followed our hosts' instructions and rode the tram into the Central Station with our Rick Steves 'Pocket Amsterdam' in hand. It was quite simple and easy. It was overcast and threatening all day but not bad. We felt right at home, weather wise. Central Station is the train station in town and everything radiates out from it. The building is a very neo-got his with all kinds of spires and towers. One tower has a clock and the other tower's a weathervane. The...

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May 20, 2016 - Goodbye States, hello Europe

Our last day in Washington, DC dawned beautifully with blue skies and sunshine (all the other days where gray and cloudy. We bid goodbye to our friends, Dan and Pam, as they left for a long drive to Savannah. Then, we headed out for a walk on the Washington mall. The row house that Mark and Bert live in on Capital Hill is only about four blocks from the actual Capital. We took a slight detour and went into the Library of Congress (which is situated right next door to the Supreme Court). Wow is all I can say, and this is coming from someone...

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May 19, 2016 - More museums

We are surely doing the museum circuit here in the big city. Yesterday we drove half an hour to Quantico in Virginia where we went through the Marine Corps Museum. It was very well done and I found it very interesting. The Marine Corps is basically the oldest military organization in the USA. They have been involved in pretty much every action this country has ever seen. And there really is something to that "once a Marine, always a Marine" quote that I have heard more than once. The three Marines I have been spending the past few days...

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May 17, 2016 - Marine Corp Slumber Party

So, our latest adventure has begun. We flew out of Seattle yesterday morning with no issues. This was after we had to make an additional half hour run back up to our fifth wheel because Dean forgot his passport. After that small glitch the rest of the trip to Washington, DC. Was without incident. We have come to this city because a good buddy to Dean from his Marine Corps years lives here with his spouse, Bert. The other member of the trio, Danny, arrived with his wife this morning. These three guys were in the Marine Corps together in the...

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