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After Philly we headed south towards Maryland and got to experience the wonder of the American truck stop. I had envisioned something similar to the petrol station stops we have in rural WA where you really have to be busting to use the bathroom and the closest thing resembling edible food is a three day old meat pie. Instead we pulled over to a …
... diversion. I mean that we got to see a ritual that many people do not see. A team of horses pulling a gun caisson loaded with a flag draped coffin, escorted by a military band, armed honour guard, followed by the colour guard.
We arrived at the tomb of the unknown soldier just before noon, the time of the changing of the guard. Again we were fortunate to see this ritual, even as three volleys of a salute echoed from the nearby funeral. These few moments really drove ...
... homes that were well maintained, where character and charm are forever preserved.
Here are a just few of many highlights included in our walking tour, the pictures tell the rest of story:
- Dumbarton Oaks, a Federal-style mansion owned by Harvard University. We did not have time to go inside, but the mansion contains a huge collection of pre-Columbian and Byzantine art.
- Mt. Zion cemetery where ...
... very essentials of life. They do not turn anyone away who needs help. It was founded in 1991 by a Romanian Orthodox priest who went to Bucharest to rescue several disabled women who were living in the sewers. They were the first residents. Now their is a variety of people living there including children who have been abandoned by their parents, mothers and children who have come from abusive situations, families who are too poor to ...
Ok. I'm cheating here. I'm saying I wrote this blog in Washington on Tuesday. But it's actually Wednesday and I'm in Harrisburg. But that is my next blog - didn't want to stuff up my map by not checking in! Now. I have to remember where I left you. On Monday morning we woke up at Crowne Plaza at Newark and we meet our tour leader, Julia, in the lobby. She's a youngish girl from Minnesota who has being doing tours for 3 years but has only started at Top Deck this year (Top ...