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Oct 12, 2016 - Planes, Trains and Ubers

I'm currently resting on a chaise lounge with a glass of champagne, Billie Holiday music in the background while Christina cooks dinner. Essentially, my happy place. We're in a very old, very chic, very gray Airbnb in Dupont Circle nestled between the Embassies of the Dominican Republic and Mali. That's right, I'm in Washington DC and this time I have a travel buddy. Christina and I met 13 years ago in Colorado when she moved into the basement I was occupying. Two strangers sharing one giant room and two beds with a curtain for a door. She...

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Sep 30, 2016 - The First Flight

So, this was our first travel day, a very long day. Our daughter drove us out to the airport and we sped through check-in and customs with no problems. We got a bite to eat for lunch (who knew the Timmies in International flights doesn’t make sandwiches, premade ones are very dry!), then we waited because you have to be there so early! The first flight to Washington-Dulles started out a bumpy ride, but soon smoothed out for the most part. This was a only 1 ½ hour flight, our shortest, reminding us what flying was like as it has been a...

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Sep 24, 2016 - Washington DC

We have spent the last few days in Washington DC and we could actually spend a few more if we had time. There are so many amazing museums, galleries and the zoo all free plus the city itself is beautiful. Today was a bit crazy as the new African American Museum was opening so Obama was doing a speech and they were expecting 20,000 visitors. It certainly looked like that around the new building so there was no chance of us going in. It did mean the other areas were quiet and the kids loved the Natural History Museum. Heading north tomorrow...

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Our Year Out

Aug 21, 2016 - DC NEEDS DISNEY

Before arriving in Washington DC, we were warned by several of our blog readers that we might find DC as harrowing as NYC. We are happy to say that this was not our experience. DC was dreadfully hot and humid but the vehicle and pedestrian traffic was light and tame in comparison. The lack of skyscrapers, wider roads and pedestrians who (mostly) obeyed the traffic signals gave DC a calmer and friendlier atmosphere. We had simple goals on this stop....explore the Museum of American History, visit the National Mall, tour the Pentagon 9-11...

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Jul 24, 2016 - Washington DC part 2

Back into Washington DC again today. First we stopped at the Club at Andrews AFB Golf Course and got a great breakfast. We had seen yesterday that they also served breakfast so we decided to do that this morning to save time. Since we are old pros at the Metro riding it makes it a lot easier, we know what to do. Great ride in today, we don't have to change lines at all. Today we are going to the National Archives Museum. This is the museum that fills me with awe and wonder, these 3 documents were what made this country great. The...

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To Maine and back

Jul 23, 2016 - Washington DC

Up early today for a quick breakfast so that we can get into town before the heat. Drove over to the Metro station expecting to pay for parking, but it is free on the weekend. Had a real nice gentleman help us figure out how to get our Metro tickets and at what stop we needed to get off. On the Metro we had a great ride, half of which was above ground. At our destination station we took the escalator up to ground level and immediately got hit with the heat. Here it is 9:30 in the morning and it is already hot and muggy. We walked along the...

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To Maine and back

Jul 22, 2016 - Going to Washington DC

Today is travel day to Washington DC. We got up early to get ready and we were on the road by 8:20 am. We will be have quite a drive today. We will drive through Virginia Beach over to Norfolk, but there we will have to take the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel to be able to travel north. As you come up to the tunnel you have to stop at an inspection station to show them that you have turned off your propane. Then you go through the tunnel which has a maximum height allowance of 13' 6", and we are 13' 3". But we made it though alright, but had...

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To Maine and back

Jun 22, 2016 - Washington DC.

We got up and headed to the subway station. We were on it around 9:00. We had purchased a SmarTrip card during the orientation when we arrived yesterday. It was 14 dollars for the three of us. When we got to the train station we added $9.00 to both senior cards and an additional 5.10 for parking to just one card. We will use the cards for the subway, and to ride the Circulator bus to the major monuments. The bus has 15 different stops which covers all the monuments. It is hop on and hop off. Never more than a 10 minute wait. Each time we...

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Jun 6, 2016 - Trip to Vienna

Crossing into Austria through beautiful mountains and farmland. These are the oldest mountains in Europe. Austria is the richest nation in the EU! As we traveled thru this beautiful country I was struck, and our tour guide discussed the fact, that the Austrians have never really come to grips with the part they played with the Nazi's and the Holocaust. In Germany the word 'murder' or 'murdered' was used constantly in describing those victims of the regime, whereas, in Austria that was not the case. Most of the inhabitants live rural lives...

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Jun 5, 2016 - Cesky Krumlov

We traveled to Cesky Krumlov today. This was quite possibly, my favorite place of all we have seen. We drove through very hilly, forested terrain, through many little villages in the valleys, through farm land with wheat, barley and corn growing. We arrived in Cesky Krumlov about eleven and stored our luggage since our hotel was not yet ready for us. We grabbed a quick bite and proceeded to walk around this pretty little village filled with wonderful Baroque houses. Lots of sgraffito designs on the buildings, cobbled, narrow, winding...

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Jun 4, 2016 - Prague Castle complex

Today we took the tram up to the Prague Castle Complex which is across the river from the Old Town and The New Town, as well as our hotel. We met our local tour guide, Martin, and began our tour at St. Vitis Cathedral, a beautiful mix of Gothic (1344) and Neo-Gothic (1929). There was some beautiful stained glass, one in particular by Mucha. For four hundred years the earlier part of the building was sealed off at one end by a "temporary" wall. The whole was quite impressive with open, Lacey spires. Then we walked into a 12th century part of...

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Jun 3, 2016 - Prague

Our experience in Prague began with our local tour guide, Martin, a university professor and scientist. We toured Old Town (11th century), New Town (Art Nouveau), the Jewish Quarter (1535) and the Velvet Revolution St. (1960's). On our brief introductory tour the night before we saw this very cool Astronomical Clock striking six pm. This clock, constructed in the 1400's was a marvel when it was installed and is still very unique today. Did you know the Austro-Hungarian Empire invented the postcard? Back to the Jewish Quarter, which,...

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