Holiday Inn Express Camp Springs / Andrews AFB
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Sunday, June 3, 2012
Today is the first 'real day' of the NUEC tour; New York to New York via Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Gettysburg, Harrisburg, Niagra Falls, Albany and Boston.
Woke up before my alarm. Got organized and then ventured out in hunt of food. Caught up with a couple of the members of the tour and went to Starbucks …
This was my second visit to D.C. and I was really looking forward to showing Mel some of the sights and exploring some of the free museums at the Smithsonian. Unfortunately, the silly US government shutdown has now entered its second week, which meant the majority of attractions to visit in D.C. were still closed.
Close friends of the Maxted's (Jim & Nancy) were kind enough to host us at their family home near D.C. for our entire stay in the city. ...
... seat of government. It reminds me a lot of Canberra (only much bigger), with rows of government buildings, war memorials, and museums - oh, and seemingly no traffic. Many of the official buildings are in the neoclassical American style.
I was amazed at how close to the White House the public is allowed. Of course, there are armed police everywhere, including snipers on the roof, but at least it was possible to see it properly. No chance of ...
... no wind so it was a very bad day to walk around the Washington monuments and memorials for 4 hours but that is still what I did. Due to an earthquake in the area 2 years ago the Washington monument is damages and being repaired and is completely covered in scaffoldings so that was a bit disappointed but I headed down along the reflecting pool to the Lincoln memorial and then onto the Korean memorial, the Martin Luther King memorial and the Vietnam war memorial.
... the maybe 10 minutes of processing time!
- There are many reading rooms, but I chose the Geography and Map reading room. I asked the research librarian if we could see old maps of New Zealand. After about 10-15 minutes, she emerged and gave us portfolios with original maps form 1756, 1764, 1770, 1823, 1827, 1849. As I touched these maps and we compared them, I realized how much I love maps – and what fun it was to see how much more ...
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- Swimming pool
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- Business Services
- Wheelchair accessibility