A day in Washington

Trip Start Dec 17, 2008
Trip End Jan 21, 2009

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Monday, January 5, 2009

After an early start the morning was quite an emotional time.  Our first stop was Arlington Cemetary.  It was much bigger than we ever imagined, with white crosses as far as the eye could see.  We saw the Kennedy gravesites, changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier which was a very moving experience. After finding some 'free parking' we walked towards the National Mall.  A visit to the Holocaust Museum was an incredible experience and one of the most amazing and well organised museum I have ever been too,  there were tears in my eyes at many points throughout the exhibition. We then continued our walk and visited the White House Visitor Centre (as close as you can get to the inside of the White House these days),  stood in front of the White House for the expected photos (it is interesting to see the preparations being made for inaugauration day including the erection of numerous stands and platforms), a walk down Pennsylvania Ave took us to the Archives Museum where Christopher was keen to see the original Declaration of Independance.  We finished our day at the Smithsonean Air and Space Museum which houses the Wright brothers plane amongst many other interesting items. As darkness descended we headed back to our car.  Although we knew we were heading in the general direction as got 'closer' there was some debate as to the acutal direction we should take, which bridge we had actually walked over etc (I sure wish I had worn a pedometer today, I am sure we walked many miles, sorry kilometers).  Not sure if the 'free' parking was worth it especially when we saw lots of parking closer to where we wanted to be for only $10 all day (the benefits of being there on the weekend).  Although there was predictions of rain it has been a beautiful day, clear sky, no wind and therefore crisp but not uncomfortably cold.
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