Who are we

We are a family of 3 who took a break from our routine. Usually we live in Scotland but February to the end of July 2011 we were on the road in North America for 6 months. We are Mark (also known as Dad), Rachel (also known as Mum... and a whole bunch of other names... my usual at-home blog is here) and Heather (10/11 years of age during the trip).

Monday, 18 April 2011

Delaware, Maryland, Washington D.C.

This will be a post of few words and many pictures... no time to write much and the place we're staying tonight has no phone, no TV and possibly no wi-fi...

So - the first set of photos is all from last Friday (15th April). First you can see the place we stayed in Delaware when we got off the Cape May-Lewes ferry - a little resort called Dewey Beach (just south of Lewes and Reheboth Beach). Everywhere was a little sleepy and very much getting ready for the start of the season (which gets going at Easter for some, on Memorial Day/last Monday in May for others). We had dinner by the sea on the Thursday night, then a quiet breakfast and a little nosey about before setting off towards Maryland, entering that state, crossing the Chesapeake Bay Bridge (long bridge!) and calling into Annapolis for an afternoon's wandering round (it's a place that's small, pretty, and full of money and sailors - well, a naval academy...). Then we set off for Washington D.C. (and luckily the traffic shown in the last photo was going in the opposite direction to us!).

Delaware and Maryland

We then spent the weekend in Washington. Day one was wet (very wet!) but luckily there's lots to do in that city in the rain so we took a trolley tour of the centre and then called into (a) the National Museum of the American Indian (the building with all the curves) and (b) the crazily busy Air & Space Museum next door. After dinner Mark went out to get some night-time photos of the city too. It rained again. Here are day one's photos:

Washington D.C. - day 1

Day two was the complete opposite weatherwise - bright and sunny - so we walked around the White House, popped into its gift shop (silly photo opps.), went to the Madame Tussauds (special US presidents edition - more silly photo opps.) and took another trolley tour around Georgetown, Embassy Row, Cathedral Heights etc. We decided to finish our D.C. visit with one last look at the Lincoln Memorial (without rain) so we walked down there, saw the crowds, the many memorials and monuments and the dry Reflecting Pool (it's being fixed). After that we only had a short time to collect the car (if we didn't want to pay another day of valet parking!) so we hopped in a pedicab and were taken back to our hotel in style. The pedicab was a lot of fun (fast, daring driver, best views of the city) and it was good to try another mode of transport too. Then we packed up the car and set off south for Virginia... but that'll be next time...

Washington D.C. - day 2


hope said...

Now I can relate..to "h". :) Okay, so I was 12 when I went to Washington, DC but I still remember the Smithsonian...loved the space stuff although the sight of that little monkey stuff and in the capsule seemed wrong. I saw the Hope Diamond (Liz Taylor wasn't wearing it then) and was thrilled that President Madison's wife Dolly was as short as I was in that line of Presidential Ball Gowns. :) National Gallery of Art and the Cathedral we saw but no time for White House (what?!) and we rode by Abe Lincoln sitting in his chair one night. Then again can you imagine a trip with 5 little girls raised Baptist who were staying in a Convent of Nuns? Yep, that was our housing for the trip.

Keep clicking that camera..this is fascinating!

Haha..WV "carside"

The Bug said...

Mike & I love DC - & we haven't really even "done" it properly. He did a lot of the research for his dissertation at the National Archives. In fact, we were there on a research trip on 9/11.

I liked Annapolis too - but what I remember best is that they had a Ben & Jerry's ice cream store. I was in Phish Food heaven :)

Rachel Fox said...

And now we're in Virginia (and it's HOT!). Ice-cream sounds like a good idea...