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Washington DC

rain -12 °C

Saturday 22/4 We had to be off the ship at Port Canaveral by 9.30 am. So we had an early breakfast, said our goodbye to Laura, again, and headed off to Orlando Airport for a long wait for our flight to Washington at 3.15 pm. We arrived in Washington at about 5.30.pm. It was raining and cold when we arrived, a bit of a shock after the Caribbean. We took a short taxi ride to our AirBNB apartment in inner Washington, settled in, and then went out for pizza and beer at a local restaurant. Looking forward to exploring DC over the next few days.

Sunday 23/4 we headed off to the Washington DC everyone knows. The Capitol Building, the Washington Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the White House and some of the Smithsonian Museums.

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But two highlights for me were the display of nature photographs at the National Museum of Natural History and the Renwick Gallery. The photographs are stunning.

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And the Renwick Gallery had some remarkable works of art but nothing more impressive than the "Ghost Clock" which looks like a sheet over a Grandfather Clock but is actually made of one piece of wood. At first you just don't believe it. Amazing!

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Monday 24/4 we went to Arlington National Cemetery, the Castle (Smithsonian Visitor Centre) the Sackler Gallery and the National Museum of African Art.

Arlington National Cemetery, is a very special place. It is peaceful and, in a way, beautiful. Odd for a place which is mainly a cemetery for those killed in wars. It was quite a moving experience to walk among the graves and read some of the stories of those who lie there. Definitely a highlight of the trip to DC.

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We had intended to visit the Holocaust Memorial Museum but tickets had sold out for the day, after we walked a long way to get there, so we went to the nearby Sackler Gallery and the National Museum of African Art. Both were quite good with interesting works of art.

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Early dinner tonight as we have to leave for the airport at 5.30 am to fly to Boston and our next cruise.

Posted by John McReynolds 13:37 Archived in USA

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