Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Life Changing Moment...

Well it's been almost a week. I'm getting slack. Thought that might happen (sigh). Anyway, so now I have to remember what we did!!

Washington DC. Loved it. We toured a few of the Smithsonian's starting with the air and space museum. 

Then the Museum of American History. We went there specifically to see the First Lady Dresses. They were all so beautiful.

Michelle Obama's inauguration dress.
Spent a morning at the holocaust museum. Oh my gosh! If you ever get a chance to go there, do it. Years ago when Alex and I went to Europe for a holiday we went to the Dachau concentration camp and it was life changing. The Holocaust Museum does the same to you. I read a quote near the end that said - all the people that knew what was going on but did nothing was what gave the Nazi's the power to do what they did. It made me wonder if I would have been one of those people... Not sure I can answer that.

We have eaten lots of great food too. Here are just a few pics.

Shrimp and Grits

Godiva Choc Cheesecake from 'The Cheesecake Factory' - more than just cheesecakes

Kebab from Istanbul Gyros and Kebabs

Did the whole tourist thing in DC as well.

Lincoln Memorial

Outside the Lincoln Memorial

Treasury Building

Washington Monument and reflecting pool

Washington Monument

The White House

World War II Memorial

All round Washington was a hit.

Then on Saturday we got up nice an early to catch the train to Norfolk our next stop. The only thing we didn't plan for was the Metro (Washington's subway system) didn't run as often on the weekends. So we didn't leave enough time and we missed our train. Luckily we were able to jump on a bus which ended up taking the same amount of time and actually dropped us off pretty much outside the hotel. So all worked out in the end. Note to self... remember what day it is!!

Norfolk is nice but not big like the cities we have been in up until now. We headed off to church on Sunday in Virginia Beach. Now there is a nice place.

Virginia Beach
After we went down to the beach and found a festival on the boardwalk. I love markets so I had a great time. There was also the 'North American Sand Sculpture Competition', but there were so many people there Sunday we just had to watch from afar. We ended up going back on Monday and seeing it with not so many people. I have added some photos of the sculptures, they were amazing! The attention to detail was magnificent. 

This one was the winner. Called Sandman shows a girls head on a pillow with dreams of castles coming out of her head.

Although in the end my favourite was one of the simplest ones. There was just something about it that captured me.
My Favourite - Fallen. Shows a figure holding a feather with the remains of wings on her back.
Not sure why, but there was just something about it.

Tomorrow we are off to the airport early to catch a plane to Savanna, Georgia. It's our first internal flight and we are hoping we haven't filled up our bags too much yet. Still have a couple of weeks of shopping to go :)

Until next time...

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