S: Spring Trip 2012 --- Washington DC, Charleston, and Savannah
BC: A trip to our nation's capital and much, much more...
FC: Spring Trip 2012 | Savannah | Washington DC | Charleston | Washington Monument | The White House | Charleston
1: WASHINGTON DC April 17 - 21
2: Day 1 in Washington DC National Gallery of Art Private tour of the Capitol | Navy Memorial | Navy Memorial | National Gallery Sculpture Garden | United States Capitol | *Smithsonian Institute Headquarters "The Castle" | Lincoln sculpture in Capitol | National Gallery of Art
3: We has a private tour of the US Capitol with an aide provided by Rep. Lynn Woolsey.
4: Day 2 in Washington DC April 19 | "The Holocaust---Mass murder of the European Jews---was a watershed event in human history. In the aftermath of World War II, the world ---from individual nations to the United Nations; from religious leaders to professionals in fields as diverse as law, medicine, and science; from presidents and prime ministers to private citizens---confronted its legacy. Many of the issues raised by this cataclysmic event continue to have an impact on our lives and the world in which we live." | A CHANGED WORLD The Continuing Impact of the Holocaust
5: The Smithsonian Museums Seventeen museums make up the Smithsonian complex. All are free to the public and we were able to see several in whole, bits and pieces of others. | African Art Museum
6: The National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum are housed in a 19th Century National Historic Landmark building in the vibrant Penn Quarter neighborhood. One of our favorite humorous paintings was Shimomura Crossing the Delaware by Rodger Shimomura.
7: Looking for Luke's Lobster Rolls, we were walking around the Penn Quarter, not far from our hotel. The City's eclectic architecture and people-watching was interesting as we noticed fans of all ages wearing red. It was game night for the Washington Capitals hockey team and we were near Verizon Center Arena. We found Luke's Lobster where we ordered of three types of lobster rolls, yum!
8: The White House was designed by Irish-born James Hoban and built between 1792 and 1800 of white-painted Aquia sandstone in the Neoclassical style. | Old Post Office Now owned by Donald Trump who plans to make it into condominiums. | The J. Edgar Hoover Building is the headquarters of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
9: Washington DC Architecture | Willard InterContinental hotel built in 1901 | Headquarters of the United States Department of the Treasury | National Archives and Records Administration | The Harry S Truman Building- headquarters of the United States Department of State
10: Washington at Night Tour April 20
11: World War II Memorial
12: The White House at Night | The Treasury Building | Blair House is the official guest house for the President of the USA.
13: I leave you, hoping that the lamp of liberty will burn in your bosoms until there shall no longer be a doubt that all men are created free and equal. Abraham Lincoln-- July 10, 1858 | Abraham Lincoln Memorial
14: Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness. Martin Luther King, Jr. | I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear. Martin Luther King, Jr. | Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial | Out of the Mountain of Dispair, A Stone of Hope
15: The Iwo Jima Memorial in Arlington, Virginia National Cemetery is across the Potomac River from Washington DC. The memorial is dedicated to all Marines who have given their lives in the defense of the United States since 1775. | The Marine Corps War Memorial
16: Korean War & Vietnam War Memorial Memorial
17: View to Washington DC's Kennedy Center from Georgetown | April 20
18: Sunny Day with Lunch on the Potomac in Georgetown
19: On our way to Charleston, a dreary day to take the train... | April 22
20: Michael is our walking tour guide as | April 23
21: we explore Charleston on our first day...
22: Drayton Hall | Built between 1738 - 1742, this home is considered the finest example of Georgian Palladian architecture in America. It is the oldest preserve (rather than restored) plantation house in the country. The guides have exception knowledge; we learned about life on the plantation for the families who owned the property as well as the enslaved people. | April 24
23: Fort Moultrie | Known as Guardian at the Straights Fort Moultrie has guarded the seacoast for two centuries. Fort Moultrie defended Charleston Harbor first against a British fleet on June 28, 1776. During the Civil War in the 1860's, the federal forces bombarded both Fort Moultrie and Fort Sumter. Both forts were able to hold back the Union attacks. The technology of weaponry advance rapidly and Fort Moultrie continued to stand guard during both World Wars.
24: Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim sanctuary is the second oldest synagogue building in the United States. | Charleston's Things to Remember
25: The Ferry to Fort Sumter | Fort Sumter Sitting at the entrance of Charleston Harbor, Fort Sumter was occupied by Union forces prior to the War Between the States. After South Carolina, seceded from the Union the South demanded Fort Sumter be vacated. The North Refused. On April 12, 1861, Confederate troops from nearby Fort Johnson fired on the fort. After a two day bombardment Fort Sumter was surrender by Union troops. | Views of Charleston from the Ferry | April 25 | Train to Savannah, GA
26: A walking tour with Savannah Dan was the first order of the day. We saw the many squares, monuments, and places of worship that make up the historic town on Savannah. Following we lunched at Leopold's, known for it's ice cream. In the late afternoon we discovered how to use the "dot," Savannah's fare-free shuttle. We joined the Telfair Academy and toured their historic home and modern art museum. | Telfair House designed in 1818 | Telfair Academy of Modern Art | Savannah, Georgia | April 26
27: Savannah Dan | Savannah Water Front
28: April 26 | Sefer Torah The first Jewish settlers were given this Torah as they departed for the Georgia Colony in January of 1733. It was brought to the new world aboard the William and Mary. Thought to be scribed in the early 1400's in Spain, Italy, Portugal, or Greece, icame with this group of Sephardic Jews. It is unusual for a Torah as it is scribed on deerskin rather than parchment. | Congregation Mickve Israel After breakfast we rushed off to see the third oldest Jewish congregation in America which was begun in 1733. It was founded by 42 Jews who arrived in Savannah, in the new colony of Georgia, on July 11, 1733 having left London, England.
29: April 27
30: April 27 Our last afternoon in Savannah was spent with our friends Bobbi and Carl Butzbach who have moved to this area last fall.
31: April 28 and 29 One more train ride to Orlando, where we relax overnight and fly to Aruba the next morning. In Aruba we join our children and grand children for a week of sun, water, and relaxation.