S: Washington DC and New York City Thanksgiving 2009
FC: Thanksgiving Family Trip to Washington DC and New York City November 2009
1: The Washington Monument from our hotel room. Katie (14), Collin (12), and Carter (9)
2: Espn zone | stop after check-in was to eat. ESPN Zone was within walking distance | First
3: Then | We looked at a map and took a little night walking tour of some things close to our hotel.
4: Our first morning in DC we hopped on the metro and went to Arlington National Cemetery.
5: Some of the trees were still beautiful with fall leaves. We were amazed by the history of Arlington.
6: At Arlington Cemetery we learned so much. We saw the Kennedy's graves and eternal flame. We learned that some visitors place pebbles on the headstones instead of flowers. We saw the commemoration stone for the astronauts of the Challenger and we were educated on the marines and what they sacrifice at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
11: We had an awesome day. We ended our trip to Arlington National Cemetery with a tour of Robt. E. Lee's home and saw the spectacular views of Washington DC from the cemetery.
13: The National Cathedral
15: Too beautiful for words. The history and crypts were amazing. We were all truly empressed by the Cathedral.
16: The Smithsonians
18: We took a tour of the Bureau of Printing and Engraving. We didn't get to take too many pictures because they were prohibited. We did get to see the actual process of dollar bill making. Carter was excited.
20: The Washington Monument
21: The monument from Arlington Cemetery | The monument from the WWII Memorial | The monument from The Lincoln Memorial | The monument from Constitution Ave. | The monument from the National Mall | The monument at night from the White House
22: We visited the Washington Monument up close and then saw the new WWII Monument. Each state was represented and each star symbolized 100 deaths in World War II.
24: The White House
25: We stayed one block from the White House, so we visited often. Obama was hosting a big party for the Indian Prime Minister (blue tent in rear of White House) so our tour was canceled. We did get to see many things such as snipers on the roof, the gates, and the marine at the door which means the President is home.
27: Lots of fun looking at the the White House..
29: Between the WWII Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial was a tree lined path that led to the Vietnam Memorial.
31: We were amazed by the Lincoln Memorial. It was huge. We were disappointed that the reflecting pool was empty for cleaning.
33: We walked up Constitution Avenue to Capitol Hill. It was a beautiful walk.
34: Playing around in Blanche's office.
35: We had set up a time to visit Blanche's office. We went to the Senate buildings, toured her office, and then got to go to the Capitol via the underground tunnels. It was super cool!! There are underground tunnels to many of the buildings on Capitol Hill. | This is the capitol view from the windows in the ceiling in part of the tunnel.
36: After getting to ride through the tunnel to the Capitol building, Blanche's office gave us a tour of the Capitol. This was probably one of our favorite things of the trip. The history was amazing!! We stood on the center of the city, saw the Old Supreme Court, learned about the art in the Capitol, who painted the ceiling, how you can walk around the dome, and many of the mysteries of the white house. One mystery, being a spot that when you talk, your voice can be clearly heard in another spot in the room. This is supposedly how some old Congressmen knew how to vote!!
38: On Capital Hill we visited The Supreme Court and The Library of Congress.
39: The Library of Congress was the most beautiful building we saw.
40: Lunch at Good Stuff on Capitol Hill
43: We boarded the Amtrak to New York City on the Wednesday afternoon before Thanksgiving. Little did we know how crazy that would be!! We didn't even have assigned seats and were at the very back of the boarding line. Along came Cedric and asked to see our tickets.. At first we weren't very nice to him, but quickly we learned he was our HOOKUP1 He took us to the front of the line and put us in the best car they had. We all tipped him, even the kids. We loved our train ride to NYC!!!! | Cedric
45: MACY'S DAY PARADE | 2009
46: //Taking in Battery Park and the Statue of Liberty.
47: It was a fun day in downtown Manhattan.
48: Dinner in
49: We had big plans of eating somewhere fancy for Thanksgiving, but when it came down to it we found a deli overlooking Ground Zero. Everybody was happy because everyone chose a different thing.
50: THE BIG APPLE | After Thanksgiving lunch we walked all around Wall Street.
53: Everyone loved riding the subway! It was the fastest way to get where you were going!!
55: Hats, Hats
56: Everybody loves Times Square.
59: NIKETOWN and The NBA Store
60: Big Apple | Fun times in the
62: New York Shopping
63: Shopping on Black Friday in NYC can be CRAZY!! We shopped on 5th Avenue, in Times Square, and in Chinatown and saw just about everything.