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Trip Start Apr 25, 2012
38Trip End May 24, 2012
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Caught the Amtrak at 7:03am to Washington, stopping at Philadelphia, Baltimore on the way. Phildadelphia looks fairly industrial, but Baltimore on the huge Chesapeake Bay looks very nice.
Arrived at Union Station at 10:30 and met by our guide Ellen for a walking tour. Passed Christopher Columbus memorial thenSenate and House of Reps offices to the Supreme Court. Just in time for a 30 min tour. No photos allowed in the courtroom itself, but very interesting.
There are a Chief Justice and 6 Associate Justices. About 9000 cases are submitted a year for hearing but only about 70 are heard a year
From Supreme Court, we went to the Capitol (spelling correct, not to be confused with Washington as the capital of the country). This is like our Parliament House, with the Senate and House of Reps sitting in their respective assemblies.
We were met after this by our limo - a huge 12 cyl black Chrysler Mammoth or something. Anyway, if he wanted to take right of way, he took it.
Visited the White House, Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Vietnam War Memorial (camera battery flat by now, no no more photos, sorry!)
Saw heaps of other memorials to Washington, Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, Ulysses S Grant, Michael Jordan (just joking). Went past embassies, FBI J. Edgar Hoover Building, etc. There are over 30 separate Police Forces in Washington (eg. the Supreme Court have their own force).
Washington is really beautiful and we didn't do it justice in one day. We all want to go back.
Arrived back at Brooklyn at 10:30 - big day.
Early start tomorrow to Boston.