Archive for May 30, 2010

Day 18 (Saturday 29 May) Washington

Last night we had dinner with friends (Ceri and Allen) at a lovely restaurant called the Tabard Inn (very English). It was a lovely evening chatting and relaxing.

Ceri volunteered to be our Guide for today so we met up mid-morning and set off for the subway (we are getting good at this subway thing) with the first stop being Arlington Cemetery. Monday is a public holiday for Memorial Day (like our ANZAC Day) so many of the locals have gone away and a lot of tourists have moved in. One group that have moved in are former Vietnam Veterans (on their Harley Davidson motorcycles). In previous years around 16,000 motorcyclists have arrived to take part in a parade on the Sunday as a form of respect and acknowledgement for those who fought in the Vietnam war. They are expecting a similar turnout tomorrow (Sunday here). There were a large number of people at the cemetery and we saw John F Kennedy’s grave site. In addition we went through the house used by General Robert E Lee which overlooks Arlington.

We then went back to the subway and went out to Georgetown. Had lunch in a lovely little French restaurant and then wandered down to Washington Harbour on the Potomac River and viewed the Kennedy Centre and the Watergate building.

From there we went back into Georgetown and onto Georgetown University. The buildings in Georgetown are lovely and the University was impressive and expansive.

Another wonderful day. More walking and exploring planned for tomorrow. Stay tuned. N&W

Scenes from Arlington Cemetery, Washington Harbour and the Potomac River, Georgetown and Georgetown University