Day 3 - New York to Washington
Today was a travel day and the weather was perfect, warm dry and sunny and we were on our way to
After lunch we drove on down to
I had french toast for breakfast with bacon and syrup, lovely! We left New York at 8am and reached Philadelphia at about 10pm, browsed round the shops in the Bourse and then had an early lunch of Philly Cheese Steak sandwich with fried onions & ketchup as we had enjoyed it so much last year. This afternoon we had a long drive down to
On the tour we got a better view of the Watergate Complex and found that all the monuments had miraculously had their scaffolding and hoardings cleared away for the first time in 5 years (how’s that for luck?). This made a huge difference to their appearance from last year, and they were all sparkly clean as all the pigeon poop and grime was gone both inside and out.
This morning was warm, sunny and humid and we went on a tour of the city and Arlington Cemetery, where we saw John and Bobby Kennedy’s graves, as well as Jackie Onassis ( who had recently been buried there and they were still finishing off her grave). We also saw the
We went on to the Air and Space Museum, where we had lunch (the double cheeseburger was huge!) and got to see one of Hitler’s V2 rockets, a Moon Lunar Landing Module and the Spirit of St Louis, to name a few. However, the highlight was the Star Trek exhibition, in which they have the original deck of the
We didn’t go on the organised tour of the city this morning, as we had done it last year and wanted to do the museums instead. After a buffet breakfast we left at about and walked down to the front of the White House, where I bought a chiffon Stars and Stripes scarf from a street vendor J, and then went round to the back to take photos of the famous view.
We then walked down
After lunch we continued up
We went on to the National Museum of Art and had a look at some Renaissance Old Masters including Titians and Raphael’s and browsed in the shop, which has lots of lovely souvenirs. Then a long walk over to the Museum of Natural History and saw the huge elephant in the rotunda, the Exhibition of American Indians and other exhibitions of stuffed animals. We also went upstairs to see the Hope Diamond which was on display in its necklace in a glass fronted case in the Gems and Jewelry Gallery. It’s quite blue and apparently looks red under ultra violet light. We also saw the Star of Asia Sapphire, one of the largest in the world, and the fabulous Hooker emerald brooch.
When we came out of the museum at about , the weather was gorgeous and as it was such a lovely evening we decided to sit in the Mall for a while enjoying the sun. We were sitting opposite the