Travel Thursday - Washington DC 2010

    Seems fitting on the eve of another inauguration in the USA, that I recount some memories from our first trip to Washington DC.

    We drove from St. John's and had to outrun 2 hurricanes (those stories will keep for another day) to do our 2010 trip of the eastern seaboard of the USA, down as far as Georgia.

    We have all been seeing many images of Washington DC today and will see many more tomorrow, and although I have numerous photos of the iconic images of Washington, I've decided to show you something a little different...

    The Smithsonian Museum...or should I say MuseumS. There are 10 (yes 10!) museums that make up the Smithsonian in Washington. And the best part? They are all FREE to visit!!!!

    First we visited the Air & Space Museum. I found Snoopy there!!! And Amelia Earhart's plane. And another plane I'm not sure worked...Will Ir Run?

    We then went to the Natural History Museum were we saw the world's most famous diamond...the Hope Diamond. It is blue!!! Which is due to trace amounts of colbalt in the carbon matrix. I think it was being protected by this large tiger that tried to jump us!!!

    Then we visited the American History Museum. I'm a big TV geek, so I was most happy when I found several pieces of memorabilia from a few of my favourite shows...the dress/curtains from the Gone with the Wind sketch from the Carol Burnett Show, Kermit the Frog (Hi ho, Kermit the Frog here) from The Muppet Show and Sesame Street, Arthur Fonzarelli's (the Fonz, wonderfully portrayed by Henry Winkler) leather jacket from Happy Days, and Edith and Archie Bunker's chairs from Norman Lear's iconic and groundbreaking All in the Family.

    It was a good day in Washington. We did see much more, and we were back again a few years later, and another short visit will occur this year...Cherry Blossom Festival here we come!





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