Memorial Day

Trip Start May 21, 2006
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Trip End Jun 04, 2006


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Monday, May 29, 2006

It was Memorial Day and George W Bush was at the Arlington Cementery and a Parade was to be held at noon. We saw truckloads of army arriving 11-ish, and some people were around the reflecting pool waiting for the parade to start. Instead of sticking around for the parade, we went to the National Postal Museum nearby while we awaited our time to board the DC duck tour.

There is a railway car and various exhibits on postal history as well as a huge collection of antique stamps. Owney, the mascot of the postal museum, is also on display. Once a stray dog, he found himself sleeping on a pile of postal bags one night. He liked the scent of the mail bags and followed the bags onto the trains. When train wrecks were very common back in those days, no train Owney rode was ever in a wreck. He was considered a good luck charm and was adopted by the postal workers. Later on, he became an official mascot of the Mail Service and travelled around the world by trains and steamships.

The DC duck tour took us around the National Mall and got us into the Potomac River. This tour was well worth the money as it gave tourists an overview of the major attractions/Memorials of DC.

Georgetown, other than being famous for Georgetown University, is also a posh area where one can see an abundance of fancy sports car cruising along M street. It is also where one can find a variety of restaurants. DC is famous for its soft shell crab. As a seafood lover, I didn't miss the opportunity to try it. But I think I still prefer lobster. For the budget traveller, there are restuarants along M street that offer prix-fixed $20 menu before 6 pm.

After dinner, we cruised around the neighbourhood in our rental car. Some of the roads are still cobbled stone and narrow. They are lined with trees and federal style brick row houses are the typical style of houses around.
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