Washington DC - Nat. Catherdral & Pentagon

Trip Start Apr 17, 2011
Trip End Jul 20, 2011

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Monday, May 16, 2011

Our second day in Washington started with getting up early to see off the rest of our tour group.  The tour was finishing on this day, but driving back to New York via Philadelphia.  Because we wanted to stay on a couple of days and also because it was closer to our final destination (North Carolina) we decided to finish the tour a 1/2 day early.

We needed to move to a different hotel on this day, but first we decided to visit theNational Cathedral which was close to our hotel.  The Cathedral is Episcopal (Anglican), but also ecumenical in many ways and encourages tolerance and discussion between religions and denominations.   As well as regular church services, the cathedral is used on days of national mourning and thanks - for example, a memorial service after the 9/11 tragedy.

After visiting the cathedral we headed back to the hotel to pick up our bags and took a taxi to Arlington.  Before going to our hotel, we went back to the Cemetery to lay flowers on Johnnie's grave.  After getting settled in the hotel, we decided to or to the closest Amtrak railway station and organize our train tickets for our journey to North Carolina in a couple of days.  This was a good move because it allowed us to become familar with the subway route that we would need to take with our bags in a couple of days.  As it turns out, buying the tickets early meant our tickets were a little cheaper too.

The Pentagon was on the route between our hotel and the railway station, so we stopped briefly to have a look and also saw the memorial to the people who lost their lives in the attack on the Pentagon on 9/11.
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