- January 8th - 9th, 2011
- Bob, Debe, Micah & Chelcy
After twelve wonderful days cruising to, from, and around the Caribbean waters, it was off the ship, into a rental car and off to Washington, D.C. in the freezing cold. But hey, we came with a tan. lol First stop (after getting rental car) was to check in at the Embassy Suites and drop off our luggage. This hotel wasn't on the direct path of the Hop on Hop off Trolley but they did have a shuttle that did a pick us up and took us to the starting point. So we caught the first shuttle and off we went. (if you missed the blog regarding the 12 day cruise on the Enchantment of the Seas that was the beginning of this trip, go to the archives on the right and click on 2011 Jan - Enchantment of the Seas)
Across from the Lincoln Waffle Shop was the Hard Rock Cafe. Of course, I am a PIN HEAD so had to grab the 2011 Washington DC pin. Lots to chose between.
The balcony that the President and his wife were sitting in can be see in the below photos. We were able to go up to that balcony and look into the area where this event took place. A plexi- glass protects the balcony seats so no one can destroy the contents. And even though everything is not the original (some of the original is downstairs in the museum) it was great to see it all.
Just to the left (if you are facing the White House) you find the Treasury Building.
On the back side of the Treasure Bldg but just across the street use to sit Rhodes Tavern. On June 7, 1802, this site was the first place Washington D.C. had an election. Another beautiful building was the National Cathedral Church. We didn't have time to tour it but it was a popular stop for the tourists. From here we continued down Embassy Row and close by Georgetown University and the big shopping area. The CHRISTmas decorations made this area even more beautiful.
Below are photos of some interesting buildings - St Johns Church or Church of the Presidents which is across from Lafayette Square Park, north of the White House. (every president since James Madison has attended at least one service there.) Pew 54 is designated as the Presidents pew even though it was originally numbered 28, then 58 before being numbered 54. This church was built in 1815. The church in the photo on the right was President Lincoln's church of choice. Further down are photos of Union Station with the Freedom Bell in front of it. This bell was donated for the nations Bicentennial by the same Foundry that made the Liberty Bell. The Freedom Bell is a replica of the Liberty Bell but twice its size. This bell was carried to all 48 states during the nations Bicentennial.
Below are photos of the famous Mayflower Hotel. Second most famous address to the White House. Harry S. Truman stayed there while the White House was being renovated. It hosts an Inauguration Ball every since Coolidge. Both Kennedy and Clinton were alleged to have had affairs there but most recently, Gov. Spitzer was said to have met a prostitute there. Below the Hotel photos and on the left is the Dolly Madison house and right is the Hilton Hotel. The Hilton Hotel is where President Bush survived an attempted assassination.
Just past the Capitol Building and its lake with the Grant Monument, you will find the American Indian National Museum (one of the Smithsonian Bldgs) and on to the Smithsonian Castle.
As we took the walk alongside the reflection pool, we made stops at the Korean War Monument (very neat) and on to the Vietnam Wall. Every where you looked it made you want to just be so thankful for those that fought for our freedom. Many paying the ultimate price.
After two very long days of visiting Washington D. C. it was time to get back to the hotel, pack up and off to Baltimore, Maryland airport. We were dropped close by the hotel on the HOHO Trolley and walked through some interesting places. Then into the rental car and off to Baltimore. What a great cruise and visit to Washington D. C. we have had. Little bit of cold, lots of sun and fun, and some history to boot. What more could we have ask for.
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