Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Visiting Philadelphia enabled us to visit some other great cities. It really was a great central place to stay. We were only 2hrs from Washington DC.

We found the White House. :)

We looked out over the reflecting pool to the Lincoln Memorial.

We said hello to Abe.
The view from the top of the stairs of the Lincoln Memorial. The Washington Monument.

Arlington National Cemetery.

The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

The kids overlooking the fountains in the World War II Memorial.

Again at the World War II Memorial. Cameron was done with having his photo taken at this point. And he was hot. It was very humid in DC.

The kids at the base of the Washington Monument.

We had a great time seeing all the sights in DC. We ended up taking the subway from a station in Maryland down to DC. All was great, until we got to the station where we parked. We did not have any small bills on us, just $50 bills. Which is funny, because we never have money on us period. We are pretty exclusive debit card users. So to get out of the parking lot of the subway station, we needed to buy a $10 parking pass. $5 for the actual card, then $5 loaded onto it to get out. The parking pass machine only took $5, $10 or $20 bills. All our small dollar bills had been used to buy fare to get out of the damn subway. The ATM machine in the station did not work. The parking pass machine took credit cards, but you had to put in your zip code- well, we have postal codes in Canada, so that did not work. The lady working in the station was of no help. Finally, we hit up the cabbies lining up to drive people from the subway to where ever. Thankfully the 5th driver had enough small change to break a $50 for us and we were able to leave. But what a PITA! The subway was not very tourist friendly in that instance. But other than that little snafu, we had a great time and really enjoyed our day in DC.