From freezing to sunshine!
02.01.2014 - 03.01.2014 -7 °C
Today we were spoilt, getting up and going downstairs for a hot breakfast! We woke to a snow covered Washington DC with cold winds and suggestions that if you didn't need to be outdoors, stay inside. It was -7degrees Celsius, but sunny out and the glistening white snow made the area pretty and enticing. We did rethink trying to fit too much in though and settled on the National Air and Space Museum (one and a half blocks up the road) as it was indoors, and we could wander up to the Capitol building from there also.
On our walk up to the museum, it was chilly, any parts of your body that were uncovered became cold and sore very quickly. Taking a glove off to click the camera button was painful if not done quick enough...... Getting the boys and Michael all looking and smiling was too much at times that's how quick the cold hit your skin. Tonight my hands and fingers are literally red and sore from the weather. So okay, maybe I won't complain about the cold weather in Sydney ever again!
The NA&S Museum was interesting and large, we only had an hour so Teen1 decided it was space travel that he wanted to see. So we stuck to that side of the building. If you know about space travel, astronauts and what it is like living in space, then you may not add to your knowledge here. Teen 1 saw what he wanted quickly and was done, as he was already aware of many facts about space travel. But if like me you didn't know some of these facts it was very interesting. They had samples of dry food and how it is packaged for space. A spacecraft for you to walk in and see how astronauts sleep, go to the bathroom, have some recreation time - it was really interesting to see. They had a hands on section for kids to be actively involved in. There were moon rocks and soil, facts about all of the Apollo space missions....... There was a lot to learn.
After our time in the museum we couldn't wait to get out into the large area the leads up to the Capitol building, the national mall. It was covered in snow. We wandered along the icy paths, stepped in the powdery fresh white snow and marvelled at the snow on the park benches, parking meters, trees, icicles on the near by fountain, on the bottom of cars, it was a really big learning experience for us all. What a beautiful spot to do it in with the spectacular Capitol building in the distance. The boys loved experimenting with snow balls and using near by parts of snowmen to crack the ice on the Capitol reflecting pool.
Unfortunately it was time to head back and leave the hotel, we found a public bus (metro) that goes especially to the airport for $6 per person and left around the corner from our hotel. Perfect and much cheaper than the $60 cab fare. We will be sad to leave the pretty Washington DC, I wish we had allowed more than one day here. We will definitely make a return visit for longer one day. We did add it in at the last minute, it wasn't on the original plan (thanks so much to my cousin Carolyn for the tip to call in via train, it really enhanced our holiday)..... So we saw what we came for and that is the nation's Capitol monuments and buildings. We won't however be sad to leave the cold behind.
We are on our flight to San Francisco as I write, it will take 5 hours and we are changing time zones again...... So we arrive around midnight NYC & DC time but 9pm local time, this may ease some of the awakeness we all seemed to have at midnight in New York and DC!
Looking forward to the next part of our trip except that we are half way into our holiday now..... It's going fast!
Will let you know tomorrow what is waiting for us in our apartment on Nob Hill in San Francisco! Here is a peek at the view awaiting us......