fastest trip ever

this has been a whirlwind vacation for tom's folks jack and bev. As with most of our guests, the time we spend with them is jam-packed with activities, but this time we were at a whole new level!

We drove to Washington DC and toured around the capital. Neither Jack nor I had ever been and all four of us enjoyed it very much. It was in the high 80's and sunny which we loved. Tom and Jack hit the Air and Space Museum for a few hours while Bev and I hit the major hotspots including the Folger Shakespeare Library (largest amount of Shakespeare books in the World), the Library of Congress (Bev had never been here either). We saw the final rough draft of the Declaration of Independence complete with the hand written edits of the authors and Thomas Jefferson's library. After the Library, we headed to the Smithsonian Art Museum and the artwork we saw there rivals anything we've seen in Europe. I am attaching a few pics of some of what we saw there.

After dining over the Potomac River and spending the night at a boutique hotel on Pennsylvania Ave in the very cool Georgetown area we all headed to the White House, the war memorials (the Korean War Memorial is amazing with the lifesize soldier statues, the WWII and Vietnam Memorials and finally the Lincoln Memorial. We knew it would be huge, but it was bigger than I ever thought it would be.

Arlington Cemetery was also a stop on our tour and it was truly unforgettable to see the changing of the guard at the tomb of the unknown solider. The landscape is beautiful there and it was an honor to see JFK and Bobby Kennedy's final resting spot.

Yesterday we spent time at the boat which was a welcome event after the running around we'd been doing. The dogs enjoyed the visit with grand-dad and grand-mum and Tom and I talked them into taking Frank and Ollie for a week as they do with their other "grandkids". :-) We also (yes there is more) went to a show in the city on Friday night. Bev and Jack got the whole train/times square/ taxi cab experience and we saw 39 Steps. It was SO funny. We highly recommend it if you are in the area.

It was a great visit and we of course were sad to see them go. Hopefully they can come back out around Christmas to see NY during that beautiful time or for antoehr trip to DC. There is so much more of the Smithsonian to see...

pics: tom di and abe; abe up close; the korean war statues with the lincoln memorial in the background; van gogh portrait; tom in front of the andy warhol soup cans; us 4 at the w.h.; bev at the library of congress; diana with diana the goddess of the hunt painting; monet painting; the white house; jfk's flame and he and jackie kennedy's grave-sites; tom & the folks in georgetown and jack and ollie relaxing.
**As always, click on the pic to enlarge.


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