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Thursday, September 8, 2011

DC: Our Nation's Capitol

Today the Green Tortoise arrived in the District of Columbia where it was raining indefinitely. After a tumultuous bustle off the bus while gathering bags and converting the front in the process we made our way out of Union Station. First stop, our nations capitol building. Unfortunately, the baggage restrictions make entering a bit of a challenge if you enjoy water, food or anything else that they think is dangerous. Luckily a lady out front was able to suggest a strip of restaurants down Pennsylvania Ave.  One of them, Le Bon Cafe, is recommended in the city's visitor guide; they have very enjoyably rich and buttery french toast and pastries. Following breakfast was a long list of uniquely rich historic landmarks including:  the Library of Congress, the Supreme Court, the Shakespeare Library, the National Botanic Garden, a couple art galleries, and the National History Museum where I ran into Mara. We went to the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial and the White House. 
Lincoln Memorial and reflecting pool (under construction)
After a full day of visiting national icons it was time to return to Union station where a plethora of culinary options (many very familiar) greet hungry site seers. Not much later, many of the passengers arrived back at the bus and decided to end the day together at Kelly’s Irish Pub.

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