The US Capital
Trip Start Dec 28, 2007
64Trip End Aug 28, 2008
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With two full days here we got a 48 hour pass on one of the loop buses and took a ride up top (good view but bloody hot!) to Dupont Circle and marvelled at the 100+ embassies that line one of the streets by the Naval Offices. We headed back into the centre and had a walk around the Lincoln Memorial and Korean and Vietnamese War Memorials. It is thought provoking when you walk around these commemorative areas and there can't be many places where, in such close proximity, so many people are remembered. Although a sad and respectful place it is done very well
and an odd looking restaurant called Thai-Tanic. Despite it's appearance we headed in an had one of the best Thai meals we have had, and it was good value too. The highlight was the dish called 'Pad Prick Sod'. Thank god it wasn't like the pork ball scenario in Hong Kong!
Back on the bus the following morning we headed to the White House Visitor's Centre to get an insight to the history and interior and were then treated to a spectacle. All of a sudden about 10 police cars blocked off the surrounding streets and stopped anyone moving into the road leading to the White House. Then followed 8 roaring motorbikes, two more police cars, two long blacked out black cars, three or four huge black SUV's with armed security hanging out the windows, a few more police cars and a lot of noise. And that was it. No idea who it was. No idea why they needed to make so much fuss. Hey y'all, we're in America! Once back to normal we headed for the Washington National Cathederal where we walked around the outside admiring the beautiful arhitecture and walked in for a treat. There was an organ demonstration taking place and we sat for around 20 minutes just listening to music we haven't heard in a long time. The acoustics were fantastic and the playing faultless - it was like being at a free lunchtime concert. Next stop was the Arlington Cemetery where the temperature had risen and humidity increased as there was a storm on the way. Nevertheless we strolled around the grounds, amazed at the number of men and women represented, and took a detour to visit John F Kennedy's memorial and eternal flame. Capitol Hill was the last stop of the day before walking back by the northern (rear) side of the White House to ge a closer look where the press normally loiter.