Washington DC - Day 2

Trip Start Mar 10, 2013
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Trip End Jun 09, 2013


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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Caught the train back in this morning, the rain had all cleared but it was nearly 20 degrees cooler than yesterday in the low 60's but at least it was sunny. The plan today was to go to Arlington National Cemetery in the morning & then do some of the museums in the afternoon & then tomorrow we would take off. But it didn't turn out that way.

We found Arlington to be extremely interesting & ended up spending all day there, well, till 5pm anyway. We took a tour which takes you on a trolley car around the grounds & drops you off at 3 spots, you can spend as long as you like at each spot then hop on another bus later to continue. First stop was the resting spot for John F. Kennedy & his wife Jacqueline & also Robert & Edward & their father Joseph.

Next stop was the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, where the changing of the guard is carried out every 1/2hr & they do wreath laying ceremonys. We watched quite a few of these.

Last stop was Arlington House, which had been the home of Robert E. Lee. & his wife for a few years. As today coincided with the anniversary of his resigning from the Union to join the Confederates they had a few different things happening, old style dancing, lace making demonstrations & a musket firing demonstration. Back near the visitor centre was the Women in Military Service Memorial. If we were ever to come back to DC, Arlington is one place we would visit again.

After finally leaving there we walked back across the Arlington Memorial Bridge over the river to some memorials we had missed yesterday, the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial & the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. Last weekend they had the parade for the Cherry Blossom Festival & we did manage to find about 1/2doz trees still in flower. Didn't arrive back at the park till about 8pm tonight, our feet have had enough but tomorrow we'll go back in to have a look at some of the museums.
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