We left Baltimore this morning and drove the 30 miles to Washington
. Our hotel is about one and a half miles from the Capital Building and we read it’s pretty hard to get a park anywhere near the Mall so we went straight to our hotel and they said it was okay for us to leave our car there before we check in. We walked straight to the Capital Building. It’s huge. There was a heap of policemen around and I asked one why and he said that there is protests and rallies on today, mostly protesting the health bill and immigration bill. We walked all 1.6 miles from the Capital Building right down the mall to the Lincoln Memorial. We stopped at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, which was really interesting. We learned about the Civil War, past American Presidents, and a lot of other interesting things. We stopped at Subway for lunch, their foot long subs here are only $5 each and very good too. We kept walking and did a detour and had a look at the White House and then walked back to the Mall and went and had a look at the World War two memorial and the Lincoln Memorial. It had really warmed up by this time, about 26 degrees. We had a break at the Lincoln Memorial and listened to a ranger talking about the history of the Memorial and the speech that Martin Luther King made from the steps of the Memorial. We made our way back to our hotel along the mall. By the afternoon there was a lot of people about and back up near the Capital Building a huge crowd had gathered and were listening to people speak on a stage, their cheering was like being at the MCG when a goal is scored! We thinking the big protest was about the immigration bill. We walked back to our hotel and by that time we were pretty tired, we walked about 15 kilometres! We’ve got two nights here in Washington and then we are making a quick trip to Niagara Falls, before driving to La Guardia airport in New York where we are going to drop the car off before going to our hotel in Midtown Manhattan.
Bye for Now Dianne and Alan
We had no problems dropping off the car at the Nashville airport at 4 am and then we flew to Cincinnati at 6 am and then connected to Baltimore. We got to Baltimore at 10.30 am and got the shuttle to the car rental building. We hired another car and ended up with a bigger car than the other three we've hired. We drove into Baltimore, which has a population of about 650 thousand people and got a park at the inner harbor, the city’s redeveloped waterfront. It was a warm day, about 25 degrees. There were heaps of people at the harbor. We got some lunch at a Chinese take-away. It was very good, and then went for a walk along the waterfront. We drove to our hotel about 5 miles from the harbor and check-in about 4 pm. We were pretty tired by this time and just relaxed at the hotel.