The "Secret Cellar" - Washington DC
Trip Start Jul 17, 2012
41Trip End Aug 22, 2012
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So we eventually make it off the final Interstate section and make it into D.C. Before heading downtown central (where we are staying), Cliff and I diverted to Arlington National Cemetery to walk the hallowed grounds of this sacred place. The cemetery is very powerful, historic and moving - a solemn testament to fallen men and women of the United States military. JFK was also laid to rest here. Words will never do a place like this justice - it was a quiet ride from here to our accommodation in downtown D.C.
By pure fluke, our arrival was timed for Friday afternoon - now it just so happens that I have a mate at the Australian Embassy who I was planning to catch up with over the two days we had in D.C; by pure coincidence (if you believe that) - the Australian Embassy Staff Locker was also open (Friday afternoons only, and by appointment). Well by good luck and good fortune, Cliff and I were both able to enter the Embassy and nip down to the cellar (lucky we had our passports!)
We returned to our accommodation (walking distance from the Embassy) - scrubbed up (errrr I don't think we showered, the hotel had a rooftop pool and we were short on time), cracked the Gibson Shiraz and then watched the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony. After watching the Australian team march on (and the end of the Shiraz.....) we decided to go out for a bit and take in the National monuments at night. A great end to a great day.
Washington is a great city and it was great to walk around and have a look at the sights
Hot days so a couple of swims on the roof with a great view of DC was refreshing. Really liked this place, a very nice city.
Day Two: - Managed to arise early enough to get out the door and start seeing the sights of D.C - it is an amazing city with a lot of warmth and character ...and obvious history. Being a Saturday, the flock of tourists (us included) swarmed from D.C icon to icon - pretty hard to get a picture without having someone else in it - but we got some. It's an easy city to walk around or catch the Metro - highlight of the day was when we grabbed a cold one at the Old Ebbit Grill. don't ask me why we keep going into old saloons..... :) Anyway, I snapped a great picture of the barmaid telling Cliffy off for some comment he made.... all in good fun. I managed to leave Cliff and hop on the bike and ride out to Arlington to visit a good buddy for a few hours; a great catch up. Back to D.C and some great Thai for dinner. Big day tomorrow, off to NYC!!
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