The Capital; Washington DC

Wow what a place. So much to see and do.

Our trip to DC started with catching up with friends Andy and Kim, who took us out on the town for dinner and to see the sights of downtown at night. Fun night out.
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Culture we came for and culture we got. There are 19 Smithsonian museums in DC all of which are free to enter. Amazing! We only made it to 2 Smithsonian museums which were interesting with lots of information.

Thanks to the Wright brothers aviation has evolved

Thanks to the Wright brothers aviation has evolved

Orange plane below was the first plane that flew faster than the speed of sound in 1947, White plane won a $10m prize as the first private returning passenger space ship. Space ship 2 will soon be offering planes into space for $250,000. You ready?
P1070166Interesting stats in this exhibit…Wonder why wine consumption has increased over the years??
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We also went to the Museum of National Geographic which had an exhibition on the Sinosauras, the largest dinosaur to roam the Earth.
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The hop on off trolley was great for getting a feel for things to do later and to see all the main sights in DC.

Arlington Cemetry a peaceful place for those who served in times of war. There are approx 7,000 services a year.
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President John F. Kennedy is buried at Arlington

President John F. Kennedy is buried at Arlington

The hill at Arlington overlooks the Washington Monument

The hill at Arlington overlooks the Washington Monument

There are a huge number of memorials in Washington DC starting with the Lincoln Memorial at one end of a very long park, through the National Mall with lots of Museums on each side, to the US Capitol at the far end.

Looking back at the Lincoln Memorial from the WW11 monument

Looking back at the Lincoln Memorial from the WW11 monument

Abraham Lincoln inside the Memorial

Abraham Lincoln inside the Memorial

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From Lincoln Memorial along Reflecting Pool to Washington Monument

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From the Washington Monument along the National Mall to the US Capitol

From the Washington Monument along the National Mall to the US Capitol

From the US Capitol through the National Mall to the Washington Monument

From the US Capitol through the National Mall to the Washington Monument

U.S Capitol up close

U.S Capitol up close

The White House has great views out to the Washington Monument and is a busy area which is well guarded.

White House, see guard on top of roof

White House, see guard on top of roof

Georgetown and DuPont Circle are funky areas to wander around with lots of shopping & restaurants. In Georgetown the buildings in the area have to maintain the look of the area so it has a great feel about it.

Georgetown a desirable and expensive area to live and play

Georgetown a desirable and expensive area to live and play

Old warehouses are converted into lofts

Old warehouses are converted into lofts

Love the Cobblestone streets in Georgetown

Love the Cobblestone streets in Georgetown

Shops in Georgetown; no neon signs

Shops in Georgetown; no neon signs

Food truck alley by the look of things…. No not in Georgetown!
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We heard there was a hockey game on so went to see the Capitals vs the Boston. Bruins. Long time since we have seen a game.
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Our bikes once again came in handy to ride the tidal basin and go back to some places we didn’t have time to go into on the trolley tour and see some of the suburbs.

Thomas Jefferson Thomas Jefferson stands inside overlooking the Tidal Basin also out to the Washington Monument.

Thomas Jefferson stands inside overlooking the Tidal Basin also out to the Washington Monument.

The memorial for Franklin Roosevelt was impressive with some of his speeches from his terms as president on the walls in the area

During the depression

During the depression

During WW11

During WW11

We tripped on a couple of markets Andy & Kim had told us about which were packed! The veges were great so we had to shop and restock the boat.

If only I could get some of this fish back on my bike....

If only I could get some of this fish back on my bike….

Brett went thru every row at this mkt and this is only 1 tent by the way! Can you spot him.

Brett went thru every row at this mkt and this is only 1 tent by the way! Can you spot him.

Eastern Mkt; great veges

Eastern Mkt; great veges

4 days and there was more to see but we are heading South.

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