Farewell NYC..... Hello Washington DC
30.09.2015 - 30.10.2015 24 °C
So this morning we packed up our belongings and struggled down the 4 flights of stairs with our suitcases to get a cab to Penn Station for our Amtrak train trip to D.C. New York City is not designed for those who find stairs difficult, unless you can afford to live in a building with a doorman and an elevator, be sure to practice stairs before you come!!
Of course because of the rain every New Yorker was riding a cab to work this morning...... after attempting to get a cab for half an hour we needed to get a move on so made the very brave decision to take our luggage and ourselves on the subway. Well that was our workout for the week, but we got there in time. The subway is a great way to travel........ we got a 7 day pass for $30 and travelled unlimited, we used this pass for more dollar value than $30, so if you find yourself in New York explore the unlimited metro pass.
Amtrak has an amazing service called the Red Cap service, for a donation (of your choice) they will collect up your bags, get them to the train and find you seats on the train also. After our workout in the humid NYC, we were very grateful to use this service at both NYC and Washington DC and have someone manage our bags and organise us.
Our trip to Washington, showed us much of the countryside along the way, pretty pastel clapboard houses, in blue's, yellow's and pink. USA backyards and small towns along the way. We went past Philadelphia also.
Washington DC is waiting for us with gloomy skies and hurricanes off the coast, today's weather is a nice temperature with no rain, however the next 2 days are predicting strong winds, cold weather and the possibility of flash flooding. The last time I was here, we brought with us the polar vortex and freezing temperatures......my apologies Washington DC.
Washington is a very pretty city, and after the pace and hustle and bustle of New York City Joan and Mum noticed the quiet, lack of beeping horns and slower pace. We got settled into our hotel, had some Maccas (the quality in Oz is much better, including the service!) and wandered around the National Mall to see the highlights of Washington. See photos below:
National Mall (above)
The above building is part of The Smithsonian Institute.
The National Monument - above
The Lincoln Memorial (above), from a distance.
War Memorial WW2
The place where Martin Luther King made his 'I have a dream speech!!
The White House!
Following our walk, we headed back to the hotel for dinner, a cuppa and bed.