So we arrived in Union Station Washington DC – what a magnificent building! and got to our hotel – the long way round we discovered – but it was our exercise for the day! We checked in – another lovely room. Realised that our time here was at a premium so we headed straight out to see what there was to see – we walked past US Capitol, past the Botanic Gardens and arrived at the .Air and Space Museum. It was really humid and the sky was quite black and we realised a thunderstorm – or at the very least a lot of rain was on its way – and of course the brolly, waterproof jackets etc were all back in our room! Anyway we visited the Air & Space museum – Craig wanted to – but I actually really enjoyed it. By the time we came out of there the rain had arrived so we caught a cab back to the hotel. We'd consulted the Lonely Planet and decided we’d go to the Banana Café and Piano Bar for tea and some entertainment
. We had this gorgeous meal there – pics below and then headed upstairs to the Piano Bar. The pianist was amazing – most of the time I think he was oblivious to the audience – just playing in his own little world. Unfortunately Craig was suffering from some serious sleep deprivation from the previous couple of nights and just wanted to go to bed. And so we headed back to the hotel and he crashed. I took my laptop down to the lobby and caught up on what you’ve all been doing! Should also say at this point that the Police Dept in Washington was absolutely on fire! – but of course President Obama was in town for his speech on Jobs in the US.
So this morning – we got up and head breakfast in the hotel. Then I did the confirmation for our pick up tomorrow to go to the airport for our flight to Fort Lauderdale – OMG – our pickup time is 5.42am! So tonight will be a quiet, early one for sure!
Anyway we had to go to Union Station to validate our voucher for the Trolley tour. I thought I knew where we were going but since it was so wet I didn’t get my map out my bag. Drrrrh. Ended up a couple of blocks away from where we should have been and despite having the brolly – we were both absolutely dripping
! But…. got into the trolley bus with Da Vinci – our tour guide – who was bloody fantastic. We were at the back of the bus and all the plastic windows were rolled down – but we gradually rolled them up and managed to get lots of good pictures. This city is amazing – there are memorials for everything and everyone –all of them spectacular and then there are so many museums – you’d need to be here for 6 weeks to absorb all it has to offer. So we did the "orange" loop with Da Vinci then swapped to the 'green’ loop with Wally and as he kept telling us we were on “Wally’s Trolley”. With Da Vinci we saw lots of museums and memorials and with Wally we saw lots of Embassies and a bit further out of town including Georgetown. Great tours! When we got back into the centre of town we hopped off and went to the Spy Café for some lunch and then we went to Madam Tussauds and acquainted ourselves with all the Presidents – I’ve been to a couple of Madame Tussauds in the world and they are absolutely brilliant – this one was no exception. We had a fund hour and a bit in here then we walked back to our hotel – but had a slight detour to Kelly’s Irish Times bar for a pint of Harp – didn’t really want a pint but forgot to say we only wanted a half pint! So now we’re back in our room – going to have a light tea and an early night since we’ve got such an EARLY start tomorrow.
Now peeps – have no idea how the internet access is going to work on the cruise – so if I drop off the radar – that’s why. But my plan is that I’ll diarise each day into Word and I’ll do a catch up whenever I can.
Back as soon as I can
Love Anni xx
For those of you who don't understand the Scottish vernacular - drookit means very wet!!