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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 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 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 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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May 4, 2016 - On the roll again

Hello dear blog friends. The Madison's are heading out again. This time we are spending two months in several different European cities. Specifically, Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Verona and Udine. We are excited about seeing some different sorts of views as well as returning to visit our Italian family once again. We certainly hope you will enjoy our travels vicariously. We enjoy sharing just as much. One day, when we are old and decrepit we will have marvelous memories to relive. Our trip begins on Monday, the 16th of May when we...

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Apr 30, 2016 - Washington, DC

Our 2016 CONUS travels did not start out very well. To begin with, the usual “fairly” easy hop out of Hickam to Travis via a military plane of some sort did not happen this year. We tried for ten days and it just didn’t happen. O.K., so I brought two one-way tickets to Sacramento (better than fighting the traffic from San Francisco). Since we landed at Sac at night I picked up a one-way rental car to Travis, but spent the night at a motel. Arrived at Travis the next day, but because of the delay and instead of having the week of checking...

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Mar 23, 2016 - Washington DC

My next stop was Washington, DC. There aren't many campgrounds right near the city. I booked a stay with one of the only ones that is open in March. It turned out to be a nice campground. The bus stopped directly at the campground and went to the Metro station. Thus, I completely avoided driving my truck into DC. My primary reason for stopping in Washington, DC, was to visit my cousin's daughter. She was still in the hospital recovering from an emergency liver transplant. Her spirits were up and she's hoping to be released from the hospital...

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Dec 19, 2015 - Baltimore & DC Christmas

Last weekend we loaded Ringo into Winnie to spend a long weekend in the Washington, DC/Baltimore area. We parked Winnie at Cherry Hill Park in College Park, MD. It's convenient to both Baltimore and Washington. The main reason for going was to watch Finn on Saturday while Kyle and Annie went out for lunch and to see the Star Wars movie. While in Baltimore, we went to see the Miracle on 34th St. in Kyle and Annie's neighborhood, Hamden. The home owners on one block of 34th St. go all out to decorate their homes and many allow visitors to...

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2015 Christmas

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