28.05.2012 32 °C
We had a picnic in the quirky little room off to the side of our hotel bedroom. This was breakfast, bits n pieces from the whole foods supermarket. Can I take this shop home with me please?
Bloomin' hot today again, reached 32C I think. So instead of walking everywhere, we were sensible and bought tickets for the hoponhopoff trolley bus tour. A 2 day pass because this hot weather will continue into tomorrow too. It felt good to be ferried about this way and have the sights pointed out instead of having to work things out. But the seats are wooden and the trolley is not air conditioned so it was still necessary to get off now and then. Today there was a Memorial Day parade which meant a lot of the Mall and other roads were closed off. Police cars everywhere. We didn't watch the parade but saw some of it from a distance. Bands, marching troops, floats and balloons etc. The first stop was the gothic cathedral which we were told is the 6th largest in the world. It is most strange to look at a gothic cathedral that has such clean sharp edges and isn't weathered by centuries of pollution. This was completed last century and has some unusual features, for example, a hippy gargoyle and also a moon rock which was collected and donated by buzz aldrin and embedded in a stained glass window. The cherubs and angel stone structures were of many races, ages and both male and female. I'm not really sure what I thought about this cathedral, but it was a welcome relief from the heat. We passed through an area where a lot of the embassies are located. If anyone has been to Canberra, it's pretty similar to theirs. Some gorgeous houses in the wealthier areas here too. Other points of interest on the tour: the hotel where the Beatles stayed on their first trip to the USA, the road outside the Hilton where Ronnie was almost assassinated, places in Georgetown where Jackie O lived when recently widowed, the church where JFK's funeral mass was held (including the steps where John famously saluted his father's hearse), watergate building, various monuments which we will return to tomorrow, the Potomac river, many angles of the white house and capitol hill, and much more..... Phew and that's just today!
It's hard to keep up the pace when it's hot and the end of the holiday is so close now.
Who knew that the light switches here are upside down? Up means they are ON. Tricky!