The "Secret Cellar" - Washington DC

Trip Start Jul 17, 2012
Trip End Aug 22, 2012

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Saturday, July 28, 2012


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!). I can't disclose the contents of the cellar, nor the prices but Cliff being the cork-head that he is was extremely impressed with the selection. We had already brought one of fave reds on the road with us (2000 Gibson Barossa Vale Shiraz - pictured on tour) but we were also able to pick up a couple of other classics from the stables of John Duval and Turkey Flat..... great way to restock while on the road. We didn't linger, we were both scruffy looking and smelt funny - my mate asked me if I had gone feral.... not quite. Once back upstairs we took the time to have a look at the Australian art on display in addition to some great B&W pictures of previous Prime Ministers e.g. Hawke, Keating, Menzies to name a few. 

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.

From Cliff
Washington is a great city and it was great to walk around and have a look at the sights.  The ride in was busy but not as bad as we thought that it may be.  Standing in front of the White House was cool and the visit to the Embassy was great.
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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Lukey on

I love the "secret cellar" story.Cliffy I thought with your contacts during your days as member of "Les Clefs D' Or " you could of organised something like this....or better accomodation in NJ.

roadtrip_usa on

Hey Lukey, it was a great cellar mate and great to be able to go into it.

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