Washington came as refreshing change after New York. I really enjoyed the days we spent in NYC but I also found it claustrophobic. Washington on the other hand feels fresh and clean. The roads are wide, there are plenty of green spaces and it seems much less regimented.
This, our first day here, was spent on one half of the Mall that long, long stretch of grass and water from the Lincoln Memorial to the Capitol building. Using the GPSmyCity app again we navigated a route that took us from the Washington Monument to the Thomas Jefferson Memorial via the Lincoln Memorial, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and the Franklin D Roosevelt Memorial.
Each of the memorials was on a grand scale and all were marvellous. It got me thinking as to how they might decided who is worthy to have a place there and would any of Carter, Clinton, Bush, Obama or Trump meet what surely must be a high bar? I suspect not.
The distances between the memorials can be deceptive and we ended up walking about ten miles during the day. Fortunately the public transport to and from Georgetown where we were staying into the centre of Washington was excellent. We were able to get the DC Circulator bus right from the top of the road our hotel was on into town. These run every 10 minutes. And best of all? It was free!
We’ve been pretty lucky with the weather so far and today was bright and sunny until about two minutes before we got back to the hotel when it started to rain. There followed a couple of hours of heavy rain and thunder and lightening before it magically disappeared.
Tomorrow the other half of the Mall.