S: WAsihington, D.C. * Philadelphia * Manhattan, NY April 2009
BC: Happy Mothers Day! | With Love, ___________
1: Philadelphia April 18 & 19 2009 | John Migliarini hosted our two nights stay and even gave us a special walking tour as soon as we arrived. We noted how much the locals appreciated the warm weather. So many are in the park - walking, reading books, sunbathing, or playing frisbee with their dogs. The day couldn't be more gorgeous.
2: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Fly Virgin America Fri 4/17/09 9:45PM LAX - Sat 4/18/09 5:45 AM IAD (Washington Dulles Int Airport) Car Rental pick up at 6:30 AM $135 for two full days. Drive from IAD to Philly- 164 miles in about 3.5 hr. Paid lots of toll! John M's apartment 326 S. 19th Street, #12A Philadelphia, PA 19103. Walking tour all afternoon visiting Center City and Market East. Avenue of the Arts *South Street & Magic Garden City Hall * PA Museum of Arts / Rocky steps Independence Hall * Liberty Bell * Christ Church Betsy Ross House * Reading terminal Market Dinner - eggplant falafel, wine, and baked brie. Sun 4/19/11 Valley Forge National Historic Park (22 miles / 35 min. drive) University of Pennsylvania Pat's and Geno's famous Philly cheese steaks
4: Independence Hall was where the Declaration of Independence (1776) was adopted and where the Constitution of the United States (1787) was debated, drafted and signed.
5: Christ Church -the first Protestant Episcopal church - was founded in 1695 and a place of worship for early settlers and influential figures such as George Washington and Benjamin Franklin. Christ Church Burial Ground is the final resting place of Ben Franklin along with few signers of Declaration of Independence and other important people from the Revolutionary period. | Benjamin Franklin's grave
6: Rocky Run up the steps of Philadelphia Museum of Arts
10: Washington, D.C. April 20,21, 22
11: Grumman Tomcat fighter | National Air and Space Museum | Lockheed SR-71 blackbird
12: lways in my heart
13: A heart full of love | Iwo Jima Memorial | Iwo Jima Memorial
14: JFK Eternal Flame | Arlington National Cemetery
15: Located on a hill on the Virginia side of Potomac River and overlooking Washington, D.C., the Arlington mansion was initially built by George Washington's grandson who lived in the mansion and displayed memorabilia of George Washington in 1852 prior to becoming US national grave site for US military figures.
16: Korean Veteran Memorial | Lincoln Memorial
17: Vietnam Veteran Memorial
18: World War II Memorial | Visiting the monuments in the cool evening was spectacular. Besides the few local joggers that we saw, there were no other visitors except for the two of us. Alone and hand in hand, under the umbrella we took our time to thoroughly enjoyed the moments spent at the foot of the Washington Monument. The smell of the rain from that night is unforgettable.
19: Washington Monument
20: 45.2 carat Hope Diamond | The Smithsonian Institution - the world's largest museum and research complex (includes 19 museums and galleries, and the national zoo.) | Hall Sapphire Necklace | Bismarck Sapphire Necklace
21: Triceratops | Museum of Natural History
22: National Gallery of Arts | Vincent van Gogh Dutch impressionist painter 1853 - 1890
24: UH-1H Huey | The price of Freedom - Americans at War Below - Vietnam War & WWII | President FDR's speech on Dec 8th, 1941 the day after Pearl Harbor attack. | American History Museum Memorable mentions... -The original star spangled banner American flag from the war of 1812. - Pres. Lincoln's hat, weapons from 1800's - American Popular Culture artifacts including Dorothy's ruby slippers and Fonzie's jacket, and also Mohamed Ali's boxing gloves as well as Michael Jackson's hat. -America on the Move - how transportation from 1876 to 1999 -- has shaped our American identity - American POW's in Vietnam exhibit & artifacts (sn). | Over 3M Americans served in the war. 58.2K killed , 1K missing in action(MIA) and 150 K wounded .
25: This is our first time using the subway.=)
29: Jefferson Memorial
35: Jason Cao 1st year student at NYU Dental program and a wonderful Friend, Guide, and Host.
36: New York notes... Fly Jetblue Thu 4/23/09 Washington Dulles IAD 11:20 AM - AR NEW YORK JFK12:32 PM Hello travelers... After claiming your luggage or not head to the AirTrain.. I think it the 3rd level. * Take it to Jamaica Station - Before leaving the station there will be machine where you can buy your metro pass. It cost $5 for the airtrain and then $25 for the 7 day pass. Get that so you guys can travel freely. * After passing thru the gate, Ask the attendant where the E train (blue line) to Manhattan is. (I think it 3 floors down) - Take it to Lexington Ave and 53rd st. It'll be awhile but pay attention. (30-40mins) * You guys will then need to transfer to the 6 train (green line). MAKE SURE TO WALK ALL THE DOWN TO THE END OF PLATFORM (same direction your E train was traveling) and LOOK FOR THE 6 TRAIN SIGN. Go up the escalators and follow the signs to the 6 train downtown. * Board the 6 Train downtown and it'll only be 2 stops till my place (33rd St). You'll be boarding at 51st, then have one stop at 42nd (Grand Central) and then its 33rd, get off there. Find your way up. * Doesn't matter where you exit, just head to 34th Street (and Park Ave.) (don't cross 34th), turn right and walk along 34th (away from the empire state building which will be to your left). The first street you should see is Lexington Ave. (if its Madison Ave then you've gone the wrong way) * You go pass Lexington Ave, 3rd Ave and 2nd Ave. My place is 320 E 34th St. Apt# 1C. I should be home by then. Otherwise give Tre a call. he'll Buzz you in. IF ALL ELSE FAILS CALL A TAXI. hahaha... Jason (Email from Jason on 4/21/09) | Shopping on 5th Avenue | Mass at St. Patrick's Church
37: Central Park at dusk | Time Square | Washington Square Arc
38: Chicken & Rice
40: Rockefeller Center | Chrysler building
43: MOMA + Central Park
48: Manhattan, New York view from top of Empire State Building.
49: Mark and Sarah April 2009