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At about 21:45 the plane arrived at Reagan National Airport. Within 10 minutes, I had my luggage. I thought it would take much longer to arrive at the airport and longer to get my luggage. Because of those thoughts, inaccurate as they were, I had decided to cancel my hotel room in the D.C. area. That decision also centered on the early flight I had scheduled the next morning. I thought I would be lucky to get a few hours' sleep. I did not ...
... instead. How rude.
Tim was like an excitable child on Christmas morning when we were told that the tour included free admission to Madame Tussaud's. He went a little over the top in the shop's pick 'n' mix afterwards, again, somethings never change.
The Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum was our lunch stop, but sadly not for long. There were lots of great artefacts from various space missions; all looking a bit 'Blue Peter though - covered ...
... is a massive museum and there was lots to see. It was different to what i saw in 2008, so i managed to cover most of the ground level, seeing lots of stuff and i got to the gems and stones section. It was here that i took a few hundred pictures of all the cool looking different types of rocks.
Then it was time to head back to where the coach was going to pick us up from. I walked across the mall and went to the Smithsonian castle, i had a quick look around and then ...
... Washington and Robert E Lee. As it turned out, they were in the same family.
There were the Memorials to the two Space Shuttle Accidents, Challenger and Columbia. All in all it was an interesting few hours, and yes Mim enjoyed it as well.
After the Cemetery we walked the other end of the Washington Mall. This took us to the Lincoln Memorial, the Pool of Reflection, ...
... close but again... tick!