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... me the depth and sincerity of America's honour for its veterans.
We left the cemetery by hitching a ride on the trolley. We learned later that this was supposed to be a paid trip, but Sams gammy leg was acting up badly and I was willing to risk her getting a trip to a federal prison.
Back at the national mall, we met up with another writing friend, Kim and her daughter. We went to the hard rock café for a late lunch. Again americans really know how to eat. t was ...
... which was a crowd favourite. Our first stop was to the White House and sure enough it was raining outside. But we pushed through and had a look. Once again it was much much smaller than I expected. We were all getting pretty sick of the rain so off to the smithsonian museums. The natural history museum was high on everyone's lists so that was our priority. Walking in it was so crowded it seemed like everyone was trying to stay out of the rain like us. The first room you ...
... the USA, first to go around the world and 'Glamorous Glennis', the first plane to break the sound barrier with Chuck Yeager behind the wheel.
Before leaving our tour I was also able to touch a piece of moon rock. I have vague recollections of seeing some moon rock at Hastings museum when I was a nipper with some famous person there, maybe an astronaut. I will have to check with Ma and see if that is true or some weird dream I once had.
... of Art, where we saw paintings by Monet, Raeburn, Renoir, and a few more whose names we recognised but can't remember.
From the Gallery we went to the Chinatown district to find somewhere to eat. Found the District Chophouse and Brewery for dinner. Lisa wanted some Colossal Onion Rings to try, until she saw the size of them. Also had Crab Cakes, Colorado Trout with crab meat, and Chicken Piccata. All the meals were lovely and our waiter ...
... could make out the signatures including John Hancock, George Washington and Benjamin Franklin. There were much more to see than these 4 documents and we strolled around for a while coming across documents like the Emancipation Proclamation made by Abraham Lincoln. Left the National Archives around 6 pm Space and Air Museum for a second less crowded look where we took in the Imax Theatre. Got back to our hotel around 8 pm.
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