New York to Washington
22.06.2013 - 22.06.2013 31 °C
Survived another night in the shoe box; up early to have breakfast at the Holiday Inn, then checked out and dragged our bags a couple metres up the road to board the bus. No introductions to other members of our group and no name tags, so far. We have started chatting to a nice Irish family. There are about six Australians onboard, some poms, a Belgian, a Russian and what other nationalities we don't know.
On the road and heading for Philadelphia where we arrived at 10.30 am. First stop was the Rocky statue and the steps from the movie so we all got off the bus to take photos. One of the guys from our bus ran up the stairs and fell over. He wasn't hurt but will be a bit sore tomorrow.
We actually had time to walk around so we all queued up and went in to see the Liberty Bell.
We then strolled around Philly and looked at the lovely historic buildings. It was nice to do this as we didn't have time to do it when we were here two weeks ago.
We went into a museum dedicated to carpenters.
We came across Benjamin Franklin's grave and apparently it's lucky if you can throw a penny and make it stay on his grave. I was successful so let's hope it works.
The Trafalgar bus arrived with Ben and Deb and their new group. We went over to say hello, have a hug and told the group what an awful guide Ben was! Deb said she was missing us already but they look like a pretty nice group, so they'll all bond soon.
Back in the bus on our way to Washington and crossed the Sasquahanna River.
I have slept most of the day on the bus. We arrived at our hotel, the Omni Shoreham. It is huge. I will take some photos tomorrow and include them in tomorrow's blog. Our room is big and nice and has two big beds, but anything would look big after our last hotel. It is a couple of miles from the centre of Washington but is in a very nice neighbourhood and within walking distance of the zoo. We went out for dinner to a French restaurant in Georgetown with some of our group and some of the other group who are going to New York on Monday. It's a shame because we have met some nice people but they are leaving us on Monday. We asked our guide if we would be having name tags and she said no. It might be hard to get to know people because at this stage they are very shy and quiet.
After dinner, we walked down to the Potomac River to take some photos.
We went on a night tour of Washington and went to the Kennedy Centre and drove down the Mall past all the memorials. We had already done this two weeks ago. In fact, we are having a sleep in tomorrow and a very lazy day around the pool, because we have done the city memorial tour and the visit to Arlington. If you would like to read about it, you can find it in my blog called New York! New York! Washington, Sunday, 9 June 2013.
Just a couple of photos of the foyer at night.