Presidential Washington

Trip Start Sep 07, 2010
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Trip End Mar 13, 2011


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Monday, December 6, 2010

Not much sleep last night, one of the chaps in our dorm snored and snored! Fortunately we were in good spirits and excited about exploring one of the most powerful cities in the world. We waited till 9.30am to set off because it's quite expensive to travel around Washington DC, a $9 travel card and we were set. We headed out to the Pentagon first and as you would expect we weren’t allowed to take any pictures of the 'top secret’ military facility. We were, however, allowed to take pictures of the nearby 9/11 memorial where you can see one side of the Pentagon in the background of the pictures.  They also had a small memorial on the other side (which you weren’t allowed to take a picture of) where they had take a small section of the wall and engraved words dedicated to the memory of those who had died. Again it was uber cold today so we had to battle the arctic winds back to the Metro station.

Next stop, THE WHITE HOUSE, the metro station was around the back of the building and as you would expect there was lots of security and already large perimeter. We had to peer through the bars to see The White House and there was a nearby police officer ‘discretely’ watching our every move. We took a few pictures and headed down Washington Monument dedicated to U.S. first President George Washington. It is apparently also the tallest stone building in the world. It was very windy at Washington Monument but the views towards both the Lincoln Memorial and Capitol Hill were amazing. I made the decision to head towards the Lincoln Memorial. Having seen ‘Night at the Museum 2’ with Ben Stiller I was keen to see the ‘big guy’ in his seat! It was a picturesque towards the Lincoln Memorial, Autumn leaves (now winter) on our right and the Reflection Pool on the left. We walked up the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and there he was just sitting there :). This was a modern day shrine, similar to the Greek Parthenon in Athens, it was incredible. We took photos and hung around for a little while; even standing where Martin Luther King Jr. made his famous ‘I have a dream’ speech!

After Lincoln we headed back down towards the Jefferson memorial, through the Korean War Memorial and past the Tidal Basin. Andrew also managed to find the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial, which part of it depicts the 32nd President and his dog Fala.

By now we were frozen to the bone and tired so we decided make one last photo stop at the Smithsonian Castle and head to Chinatown for some lunch. Washington DC’s Chinatown wasn’t particularly inspiring so we had some Mexican (which was also rather rubbish) and decided to spend the rest of the day watching a movie. We settled on the new Harry Potter and spent the next 3 hours in a warm movie theatre. After Harry Potter we embarked on Andrew’s new found passion for taking night photos and walked around to all the main sites again but it was so windy it was hard to take a picture with a long shutter speed, so most of our pictures came out blurry. We did manage one or two from each sight as you can see below.

We walked towards the Smithsonian Metro and took the red line towards our hostel after one change we were back at the semi-warm ‘very-random’ hostel.

Dinner – Bed – and another exciting day tomorrow!
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