Washington National Airport

So this morning we went to Great Falls near Washington to see a waterfall which was pretty impressive before heading to the airport. Then once I’d arrived and before I’d even checked in a delay was announced to my flight giving American a 100% delay record so far. Even Virgin trains usually beats that!

Anyhow with 3 hours to kill before the flight I went to the bookstore. First I found the rough guide to England so I checked out the entry for Oxford. It mentioned all the sensible sites to see such as christ church and the Radcliffe camera. It also mentioned quite a few pubs including all the good ones I like and the Bear which is 1 block south of high street a short way from the centre. This was their favourite and I’d be curious to know what it’s like. The other interesting book was the international book of sex wbich included such great chat up lines as “Do you come here often?” and “is it hot in here or is it just you?” in several languages. I was tempted to buy it for comedic value but it was clearly well fingered. Then I had a meal in an airport restaurant that looked good until I tasted the food!

Now I’m off to the gate hopefully my flight won’t be delayed further.

Washington DC part 2 (mostly not actually in Washington)

So the next day I went back into Washington DC, I was quite late up, so didn’t get in until lunchtime, but I still had time for two museums recommended the previous evening, first I tried to go up the Washington Monument, but then found to get tickets you had to queue before 8.30am when the ticket office opened, which seemed a bit much to ask for to be honest. So instead I went to the Holocaust museum, which was very moving and also tried incredibly hard to be unjudgemental towards all sorts of groups, from the Germans before the war, to the Allies who refused jewish immigration, to the Allies later who didn’t bomb the camps themselves. It was clear that it was an incredibly shocking event, much much more so than our recent history with terrorism. And it also shone an interesting light on the creation of Israel and the current problems in the Middle East. After that I went to the International Spy Museum, it was also very interesting and well worth a visit. This discussed the history of spycraft from WW2 onwards and I spent another 2 hours there. After that it was the early evening so the museums were all about to shut so I had to come back to where I was staying.

The next day I headed out to the Blue Ridge mountains by car, and we went on a 1.6 mile walk in the mountains which was good, we got some good photos of that too.

The Blue Ridge Mountains

The Blue Ridge Mountains

As well as that we also saw some traditional buildings nearby such as the following church.

Typical Church in Virginia

Typical Church in Virginia

We also tried to find the Appalachian trail but we missed it as it started to rain so we had to go back to the car.

Then today we went on a canoe on the Potomac, which is the river which goes through Washington DC, fortunately we were a little further upstream, so the weather was good and it was also very peaceful, except for the very occasional interruption by a motorboat. We had lunch on the shore on an old dried up canal and rowed slowly downstream. Below is a photo of one of the many herons we saw:

A heron on the Potomac

A heron on the Potomac