Saturday, 22 September 2012

Friday in Washington

After we left the hotel, we went to the White House.  It is an impressive building and we veiwed it from the North Lawn and the South Lawn.  While we were there a Helicopter landed and took off and you would have to think it was the President.....if you think politics is crazy in Australia you check it out here - I will not miss that when we leave.
I then headed to the American History Smithsonian Museum and Sully headed back to the Air and Space Museum as 2 hours the day before was not enough.  He ended up spending about 10 hours in total and that was not even enough.  The American History Museum did not have Fonzies jacket on display ( not impressed about that) but I did see the First Ladies dresses, Judy Garland's ruby slippers, the original Kermit and a lot of displays about Americans at war and other iconic things that you think of when you think of the States.  There are 19 Smithsonian Museums and it would take a lot of time to get through them all.  Luckily there is no charge - indeed, like Canberra, lots of admissions are free.

After that we caught a taxi to the Pentagon Mall as I felt a need to shop.  Unfortunately most of their winter clothes are out but I have manged to spend some money and we have purchased 2 more overnight bags to bring it home - and there is still Chicago to go....we are sitting in the Hotel foyer waiting to get a taxi to Union Station for the 4pm overnight train to Chicago......bring it on!!

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