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Segway tour & meeting people

Slept till midday …wonderful! Had booked Segway Tour with City Segway at 2pm so quickly got dressed & walked several blocks along quiet beautiful tree lined streets with old row houses. Could so live in a row house. They had about 3 levels & some had European styled roofs with turrets

We found DuPont Circle Metro station & went down this long escalator underground. A kind person came & helped us buy a ticket from the machine to get off 3 stops later at Galleries/Chinatown. Grabbed some oatmeal & fruit from maccas for a late brekkie/lunch!

We had booked for the 3-hour tour online & it had cost us $70.

City Segway Tours

624 9th St NW Between f & G streets

Nearest metro is Gallery Place/Chinatown

We got some practice time in an alley beside the office where we got a chance to get confident before setting out on the roads. You accelerate by putting your weight on your toes & brake by leaning back on your heels. They had a speed monitor of 6 miles an hour set on it which was really annoying as when you went over that speed the platform you stood on tipped up & you felt like you would fall off. After the first hour they move the speed monitor to 10 miles an hour, which was much better.

It was a great way to cover a lot of ground & we could never have covered those distances in the short amount of time we had in DC.

It is a beautiful city - the nations capital -feels very calm, wide streets, parks everywhere & not lot of traffic . There are no high-rise buildings so they spread out lengthwise & cover a couple of blocks. No buildings are to be higher the National Monument which is 555 ft & built in honour of George Washington

We came to the White House which the street in front is closed to traffic & there a 2 police cars parked out front. I commented that there didn't seem to be a lot of security but was assured they were around!!! It seemed smaller than what I had seen in pictures but that was because the most commonly photographed pictures are taken on the other side where there is the big lawn & the helicopter can land. It has been the home of every American president except Washington

Nearby is the executive offices for the staff in this huge French style building called the Eisenhower Building which faces a big park

We passed through more large parks & open spaces until we reached the Lincoln Memorial & the Reflecting Pools, which immediately reminded me of the Forrest Gump movie. We had 20 minutes to wander around the memorials & also walk to the nearby Vietnam memorial. The Vietnam War wall listed the names of the thousands that died in that war – works out to hundreds of thousands of lives wracked by that grief as a result of losing a family member

The Lincoln memorial is really impressive with a massive 19 foot marble seated statue of Lincoln, with the Gettysburg address on on wall & the 2nd inaugral speech on the other

On the steps there was also the words of Martin Luther King inscribed where he had stood & proclaimed the famous word of "I have a dream." Standing on the steps you look up the National Mall ( a 2 mile long park that is lined with 200 year old elm trees) past the Reflecting Pool to the 2nd World War memorial with its fountains to the white obelisk Washington monument modeled from Egypt then on to the Capitol Building where congress & the senate meet & laws are passed.

The whole way either side lining the parkland is museum after museum. The most popular is the Air & Space & it would take you weeks to cover them all.

The Smithsonian castle is oldest of the 17 Smithsonian museums & like a beautiful small English castle.

When we reached he capitol Building our guide said that when Obama was inaugurated he stood in the balcony & the whole National Mall was filled with thousands of people. In the street in front they were filming the next Transformers movie &there was a massive rusted old semi with spike sout the front & we saw the star of the movie but I had never heard of him.

On the way back passed a really interesting museum that I would love to look in one day called the Newseum all about current events of the past decade.

We stopped at the FBI Building called the J Edgar Hoover building which was very ugly. Apparently he wasn’t well liked as head of the FBI & had said he didn’t want the building named after him but when he died they did it anyway!

The ride finished at 5pm & we then wandered around a little more to have a look at the Ford Theatre where Abraham Lincoln was assassinated on the 14th April 1865

We caught the train back to DuPont Circle & explored our lovely neighborhood of embassy homes & interesting row houses, cafes, bookshops, restaurants & the DuPont circle fountain park. It was filed with people sitting on the curved bench seat that went around the perimeter of the park, & watched some men playing chess in the park before meeting with Andrew & Amanda McCormick for dinner at a sushi place .They had volunteered for us in Cambodia & are a great couple.

Du Pont Circle Metro station

Du Pont Circle Metro station


B'Fast/Lunch at Maccas

B'Fast/Lunch at Maccas


Museum

Museum


Learning to ride the segways

Learning to ride the segways


Outside the White House

Outside the White House


White House

White House


Offices next to the white House

Offices next to the white House


Washington Memorial

Washington Memorial


Lincoln memorial

Lincoln memorial


Reflecting Pools

Reflecting Pools


Lincoln & Gettysburg address

Lincoln & Gettysburg address


View from Lincoln memorial

View from Lincoln memorial


Vietnam War wall memorial names

Vietnam War wall memorial names


Length of Vietnam war Memorial wall

Length of Vietnam war Memorial wall


War War 11 Memorial Fountains

War War 11 Memorial Fountains


White house lawns

White house lawns


Capitol Building

Capitol Building


Nice buildings

Nice buildings


Smithsonian Castle

Smithsonian Castle


Segways going through National Mall

Segways going through National Mall


Capitol Building

Capitol Building


Going through the main roads

Going through the main roads


Ford Theatre

Ford Theatre


Abraham Lincoln assassinated here

Abraham Lincoln assassinated here


Ford Theatre

Ford Theatre


Du Pont circule area

Du Pont circule area


Du Pont Circle park

Du Pont Circle park


Chess games in the park

Chess games in the park


Du Pont area

Du Pont area

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in USA

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