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Monday, October 6, 2008

Washington DC -- Day 2

We assumed that traffic would be lighter on Sunday morning than other days of the week, so we decided to do a drive around. We went down to the Mall area and looked at the layout. Then we drove over to Arlington Cemetery and spent about 2 hours there. We saw the Kennedy's (both John and Robert) grave site. Jackie Kennedy is buried next to the President, and Robert's grave is marked by a simple white cross:

We also saw the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier including the performance of the guard. Here are some pictures, with the last one showing the outdoor auditorium:

The Iwo Jima Statue was located next to the cemetery, and we drove over and visited it.

From downtown Washington DC, we drove south to Mt. Vernon, and visited George Washington's estate. It included the house, and all the out buildings as well as the stables and gardens. We spent close to 3 hours there. The tour included a guided visit through the house. It turns out that even though ole George didn't lie about chopping down a cherry three, it did fake it on the exterior of his house. It has a stone look, but is actually "shaped" wood that is painted and has sand blown on the wet paint to give it a rough stone look! Here are the photos...........

The following pictures are of a couple of horse drawn wagons that George had on his estate. For all of my Phaeton-Owning friends............ If George had been Bob Tiffin, the first one would have been called a Bus and the second, a Phaeton!!!!

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