Lingering in LA – just a little …

A short and sweet post for you – the sun was shining as we flew in over this huge city, so dry and brown below us. We had rather a disappointing time in US customs as a flurry of passengers converged in the arrival hall. The wait seemed interminable as the snaking lines of passengers grew, made worse by the fact there were so many … Continue reading Lingering in LA – just a little …

Monuments by moonlight ~ and farewell to Washington D.C.

You may have already seen my post on Washington  Monuments, and the photos posted there. Most were taken during the day but happily, we also took a night tour with the Bi-Partisan tour company,  when many of these icons are uplighted and make for beautiful photographs. Sadly I can’t say that my photos are beautiful, as I still have to work out the best settings … Continue reading Monuments by moonlight ~ and farewell to Washington D.C.

The Smithsonians ~ and the International Spy Museum …

If you love museums then Washington D.C. is the place for you. There are 19 Museums in the Smithsonian Institution complex but we managed to cover only two. Most have very impressive architecture, some modern like the African American Museum, the Air and Space Museum and the American Indian Museum and others date from 1855, like the ‘The Castle”,  the iconic building which houses the … Continue reading The Smithsonians ~ and the International Spy Museum …

Monuments, memorials and institutions ~ Washington D.C. style…

Walking around Washington D.C. is akin to being immersed in a visual and tangible American history lesson, aided in part by the sheer numbers of major monuments and memorials and indeed institutional buildings, which are nothing short of spectacular. Initially it is the sheer size of these iconic memorials and buildings that impacts – the Lincoln Memorial for instance, is amazing – Lincoln is seated … Continue reading Monuments, memorials and institutions ~ Washington D.C. style…

Of Presidents and things…

Washington offers American history buffs the most wonderful opportunity to walk in the footsteps of Presidents, to see where they lived, where they played and where they died. We have seen the bed in which Abraham Lincoln died, and the deathbed of George Washington. We have seen the burial place of George Washington and those of President Kennedy and his brothers Bobby and Ted. We … Continue reading Of Presidents and things…

Washington D.C. – love it already …

  We travelled to Washington D.C. on an Amtrak train – a comfortable three and a half hour ride, arriving here mid afternoon on chilly overcast day.  While we waited for our room at the J.W. Marriott to be ready,  we took the opportunity to aquaint ourselves with the area around the hotel. The stunning Willard is just a little way along from the Marriott … Continue reading Washington D.C. – love it already …

Walking in New York – and our visit comes to an end …

Because it was so cold in New York, we accepted that there were some things it would be impractical to attempt – no walking the Brooklyn Bridge in the evening for us – that will have to wait for another time, a summer visit perhaps. No visit to the Dumbo area either as it as freezing due to the wind chill factor. However, the  deluxe … Continue reading Walking in New York – and our visit comes to an end …

Lady Liberty and other icons

Our first glimpse of the iconic Statue came as we alighted from the bus at Battery Park. It was fine and chilly and squirrels were scampering in the carpet of dried leaves covering the park surrounds. The trees here have really intrigued and delighted me – mostly they are completely bare, with charcoal-coloured trunks which stand out as you frame your  photos, or they are … Continue reading Lady Liberty and other icons