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Dec 18, 2015 - DC in a Day Tour

Big day in Washington- went on an all day tour which started at 8am & finished at 4pm. A bit cooler today, so the thermals came out plus jackets. Started at the U.S. Capitol Building with a 1hr tour, then walked to the Congress library in the Thomas Jefferson Building, where we saw the most amazing Reading Room & the Gutenberg Bible. Then a walk outside the White House ( only way to get a tour of the White House is to get an invitation from your Congressman) Had lunch at the Ronald Reagan food court Visited the Iwo Jima memorial, The...

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Dec 17, 2015 - Washington

Travelled by train - Amtrak- from Philadelphia to Washington today. Wet & cold - more like a Brisbane winter cold than Washington winter cold, if that makes sense. Got in at 1pm. Staying at the Liaison Capitol Hill DC hotel, which is very close to Capitol Hill. As it is wet, we caught a taxi down town to find something to eat. Ji found 5Guys, which is a burger joint that serves the most amazing chips. Darren ordered 2 lots of chips & they put 2 styrofoam cups in a big paper bag, fill the cups & then proceed to half fill the bag. I got Ji to...

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Dec 13, 2015 - Mt Vernon & D.C.

We have been busy the past few days and been getting a work out! Yesterday we went to Mt Vernon, the home of George Washington. It was extremely interesting and had so much to see. We went through the whole house, even the third floor which is usually closed but because this weekend is the anniversary of his death, they opened up the third floor. Martha Washington moved her bedroom up there after George died because the custom of the time was to close off the marital bedroom once a partner dies. I learnt that over the 40 years he owned it,...

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J in the USA!

Dec 11, 2015 - Sobering morning, entertaining evening

We arrived in Washington D.C late yesterday afternoon. The airbnb gods are back on our side and we have very generous, lovely and funny hosts. Sharon picked us up from the train station and even gave us some leftovers for dinner. When I ventured out to return the pizza box, I couldn't believe my eyes. Her house is unlike any house layout I've ever seen and just seemed to go on and on forever. There is even 2 Christmas trees, one just for snowman ornaments and the other for gold and silver ornaments and she said she usually has a third tree...

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Sep 10, 2015 - What A Disappointment

This was the first time to enter Washington / DC and most likely the last time. The traffic was a mad rush and was glad that we took a ride from the KOA where we were camping into town. The ride was nice and they let us off in front of the Capital building , we would have to be back at this pick up at 5:00 pm. We got all day to walk around the area, got a few places that we would love to see. Lets go see the tidal basin where "TOM HANKS" in Forrest Gump would be in the water at the Vietnam protest between the Washington Monument and Lincoln...

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Jul 24, 2015 - Washington, DC

Glad to see Washington, DC....Glad to leave Washington, DC. Traffic downtown wasn't nearly as bad as the traffic in the outskirts of the city. We took several trips downtown in car, but the best form of transportation was the Metro. It is continually running and barring any unforeseen problem, always on time. We took the Metro downtown the first day and toured the Capitol, Supreme Court and the Library of Congress. We thought because we had advance tickets from our local Representative, it would be easier to get in. But, guess what.....we...

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Jul 3, 2015 - Washington DC - Part 1

While staying with friends Connie and Rob we reserved two days for touring DC. We knew that wouldn't be enough to nearly see everything but we figured if we cut out the museums we would at least be able to see the monuments and get a feel for the lay of the area. Both Rob and Connie are familar with DC, in fact Connie's son works there. So with their help we planned our days. Driving in DC is a nightmare as we experienced on the drive to Annapolis so they suggested we take the Virginia Railway Express or VRE, into town. It's a commuter...

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Jun 21, 2015 - Washington, DC

HEYYY, I'm Jainan. I stole my mom's computer! ;) Just kidding (maybe). Okay Washington,DC. We were at DC for 4 nights, 3 days. On the first day we took a Grayline tour of DC just so we could get our bearings, and see the best places to visit. We got a great tour of the Capitol,we saw a glimpse of the White House(The whole area was shut down because the president had just left.) We saw a lot of various war memorials, and memorials to people. We saw the president's motorcade. We visited the Library of Congress for 15 minutes (at least 10 of...

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East Loop Trip 2015

Jun 21, 2015 - Nationals Ballpark

Not much remarkable about Nationals stadium except that we could see the US Capitol and the Washington Monument from our fantastic nosebleed seats. The Nats won it with a first inning pummeling of the Pirates' pitcher, scoring nine runs and batting around. The Pirates gave up some excitement in the top of the ninth with a homer and a couple of base hits to score two runs, but the home team won 9-2. Debbie Baer cam over to spend some time with us in D.C., and even with her fear of heights was able to climb into our upper deck seats with...

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Jun 18, 2015 - Washington D.C.

If there is one thing I learned in Washington, D.C., it's that our government is WAY TOO BIG. There are hundreds of multi-story, several city block-long-and-wide buildings, all populated by government employees. All of them, it appears, live outside the beltway and commute by rail..... I know because we rode the trains with them. At first, traveling by rail and subway was daunting, but be the end of our five day foray into the city, we were old hands at it. The city, like most cities, is large, dirty, smelly, and full of noise - but the...

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Jun 18, 2015 - Washington, DC #3

Today was my last day in Washington, DC. Thankfully, there was lots of cloud cover today combined with a good rain last night for a little bit cooler day today. My first stop was the Smithsonian American History Museum. Inside there was the COMPLETE ORIGINAL kitchen of Julia Child. The only thing that was a replica was the linoleum floor. They had all her original appliances, cooking utensils & pans...everything. It was set up exactly like her television show. One thing I noticed that surprised me was she had several cat things: a painting...

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Kizer Summer 2015

Jun 17, 2015 - U S Capitol Tour

Larry, Debbie, and I were treated to a very personal tour of the US Capitol by our Senator, Patti Murray (D-WA.) Only a day or two before our foray into the city, I found out that one needed to schedule tours months in advance through one's senator. Never to be intimidated by the rules, I e-mailed a letter to her office, and the next day, we were booked on a tour at noon, meeting an intern Gisele, at Senator Murray's office in the Randall Senate Building. Though we did not get to meet the senator, we spent some time in her office suite...

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