We arrived back home safely last night. Lucy and Charlie met us at SLC Airport after an uneventful non-stop flight in first class.
Where did I get to with our adventures? Oh yes, it was Georgetown on Saturday wasn't it. Let's catch up with a couple of pictures.
Here is cherry blossom with snow on it!
It was very pretty especially when the sun came out and the sky turned blue. It was still quite chilly though.
When we got back to the hotel we decided to use our bath bombs. Gary went to run the water and a couple of seconds later shouted out that he had flooded the bathroom. The water came out of the tap with such force that it hit the other end of the bath and splashed over the edge! This picture shows the taps (or faucets) turned only half way on!
Once we had tamed the water the bath filled in about 2 minutes and was lovely and hot and the jets (once the engineer had been to fix them!!) were just what In needed on my poor worn out feet.
Edward refused to come out to dinner with us that evening so Gary went to find him a Quarter Pounder with Cheese (He had inexplicably gone off the idea of pizza by then!) and then we went back into Georgetown to an Indian Restaurant we had seen earlier and very nice indeed that was too.
On Sunday we "did" monuments, the Holocaust Museum, and the Botanical Garden after breakfast in the hotel. Here's Edward and me with Abraham Lincoln. You can tell how chilly it still was:
and this is the Washington Memorial with the Capitol building in the background. Note the change in colour of the rock where they stopped building it for a time due to the Civil War and then couldn't get rock from the same dyelot to finish it! We wandered along the Tidal Basin admiring the cherry blossom (the Cherry Blossom Festival was in progress while we were there. This is the Jefferson Memorial through the boughs of cherry blossom that arched over the path.
We also visited the Korean War Memorial with the Ghost Wall depicting the faces of real soldiers taken from photographs.
We kept walking and found ourselves outside the Holocaust Memorial Museum. I had really wanted to go there but knew Gary and Edward weren't that keen so hadn't pushed to book a time slot online. We decided, if I really insisted, that we would join the queue and see if we could get in straightaway and we did - no problem. It was all very distressing - first learning that people could get so desperate that they would believe what Hitler and his cohorts had to say and how easily someone like him could gain so much power. Then seeing what they put people through over the next few years. It was totally horrific.
Next we went to the Botanical Garden which was very warm. I found there one of those things that you remember from childhood but then never see again so you begin to wonder whether they really existed. When we lived in Singapore there was a plant that we called "Shy Princess". It had rows of small leaves arranged along a stem in pairs. When you stroked with a finger gently along the stem the leaves would close up. I believe it was Mimosa Pudica and I was so pleased to see it (and touch it, though I don't think I was supposed to - I did look for signs!).
We were pretty tired by then and hadn't stopped since our, admittedly, large breakfast, so we went in search of refreshment, before once again returning to our hotel for our last night. Edward again didn't want to go out for dinner - too much walking to get there - so we promised to bring him back a Subway sandwich. We had a very nice dinner at the Bistro Francais. We ate very well from the Fixed Price menu and a taxi whisked our tired legs and over-full tummies back to the hotel in seconds.
On Monday morning we had to get up early and be at the Spy Museum for our time slot at 9:30. We made it in time despite jumping on a metro train just as the doors were closing and then discovering we needed to go in the opposite direction. Luckily we didn't have to wait long at the next station for the one we should have caught.
The Spy Museum is one of the only museums you have to pay to enter, but I think it was interesting enough to be worth the money. We were there for an hour and a half and it was quite fascinating to see the size of what passed as "portable" surveillance equipment in the thirties and forties compared to the tiny things that do the same job these days. It was also interesting to see an Enigma machine that the Germans used to encrypt messages during the war and how the code was cracked by the collaboration of various people to help bring the war to an earlier end.
We then had to hurry back to the hotel to get packed and checked out and on our way back to Dulles Airport, but did stop for a quick brunch at Starbucks on the way.
As I said at the beginning we had first class seats on the plane - we had used our Sky Miles and this was an option that came up so we took it. What's more we were in the first row of first class so we got first pick from the snack basket and our dinner first. The flight attendants are very attentive in first class, and I am sure I would have been very ill if I had taken something every time a drink or snack was offered. The turbulence is just as bad in first class as it is everywhere else on the plane - it got so bad near to landing that the attendants were told to sit down and discontinue their checks. They did risk life and limb to get our first class coats out of the closet before they sat down though, so we wouldn't be inconvenienced once the plane had landed by having to wait for them. It was nice being able to get off straightaway as soon as the doors were opened I have to say.
All in all we had a nice trip, but I am still not sure how much of it Edward enjoyed. He wouldn't pick anything out of the book he wanted to do and all we get is a non-committal shoulder shrug when we ask him if he had a nice time.