Staying in Foggy Bottom

Trip Start Jul 06, 2011
Trip End Aug 08, 2011

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Doubletree Guest Suite 801 New Hampshire Avenue Foggy Bottom

Flag of United States  , District of Columbia
Sunday, July 10, 2011

Foggy Bottom?  Interesting name for a suburb.  It got its name because of the heavy fogs that used to linger around the river for days making it hard to see.  Well, we haven't had any fog but the heat has been quite oppressive and today we had an enormous lighting/thunder storm at about 9pm which cooled things down.

We arrived from Orlando yesterday and apart from going the wrong way on the metro train system for 1 station, ended up at our hotel apartment at about 1.30 pm where we met up with Leanne!  Alison Jackson, my niece who is working in one of the Washington DC summer camps met us also so we spent a very hot afternoon wandering through the Washington Mall.  We started our trip at the Lincoln Memorial which sits at one end of the reflecting pool (which at the moment is a dug up piece of dirt/in renovation mode) and wound our way through the Vietnam memorial and on to the World War 2 memorial which was opened a few years ago by George W Bush.  Then onwards to the White House (last time I saw it it was behind scaffolding so I was happy to be able to see it properly this time).  While we were there taking photos a cavalcade of police and armoured black cars arrived, not sure if it was President Obama or not but we would like to think so!  Hot, thirsty and sore feet sent us back to our apartment for cold drinks and a last chat to Alison who had to leave us to make it back to her accommodation about 1 1/2 hours away.  It was lovely to see her and catch up on what she has been doing at her camp and the activities/children that she supervises.  For dinner we strolled down to Georgetown not far from our hotel which has lovely old architectural buildings, shops and restaurants.  We had dinner at Miss Saigon, a Vietnamese restaurant.

11 July.  This morning was a slow one...  First call was the Library of Congress, which is very impressive and interesting.  Lots of wonderful exhibits and we could have spent longer there but there is so much to see in Washington so we moved on to the Capitol Building where we did a 1 hour tour which included a 15 minute film on the birth of the nation and the latin phrase E pluribus unum which in English means "Out of many, one" and adopted by an Act of Congress in 1782. Next stop was the Verizon Centre in Chinatown which is the home for the Washington Capitals Ice Hockey team.  Christopher is a crazy fan, so we had a request of a jersey to buy at the club store.  Unfortunately the only thing happening at the Verizon today was a visiting Dalai Lama and the store was closed.  Luckily across the road we found a sports store that had one of the jerseys on the list of "must haves" so we bought it!  Hamburger for lunch at "Fuddruckers" hmmmm great name for a hamburger store?  Seriously?    Okay while I was planning my holiday we saw a link to the International Spy Museum which was just around the corner from the Verizon Centre.  Curiousity as they say killed the cat or maybe an spy or two.  We went along to do Operation Spy a covert hour of undercover surveillance and intrigue.  Well it took an hour and it had its moments and we saved a small nation called Kandahr from an evil plot to steal a nuclear device, nothing further to say on the subject....  Leanne decided to go back to our hotel for a rest, so Hayley and I walked on to find the Australlian Embassy and then on to Dupont Circle.  Had a lovely dinner at Sequioua when that amazing storm hit that I mentioned earlier.  

That about wraps up the last 2 days.  Stay tuned for tomorrows itinerary.  The Holocaust Museum, The National History Museum, The Air and Space Museum, Museum of American History and the Jefferson Memorial.  Hopefully we will get to the Arlington Cemetery as well. 

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