Onward and Upward

Interstate 95 between Richmond and DC will almost cure the wanderlust in the most lustful of travelers.  Baton Rouge at rush hour is the closest I have encountered to the frustration of this traffic, even that pales in comparison to this part of our trek.  All of you Snowbirds who travel annually from the northern part of the right coast to the warmer regions of our lovely nation in January know exactly what I’m talking about…all the rest of you just take my word for it and bow your heads in collective gratitude.  OMGosh, how do people live like this on a daily basis?

Logistics:  Sweet husband loves music, all kinds of music, so having XM in our minivan calms his savage breast in these situations, one can even listen to SEC football on XM if one so desires (eyes roll).  For me, my little MP3 player with my connection to Audible (Amazon.com’s audio book website) satisfies my mind in these situations.  May I add, I have had some disappointing books this year.  Even John Grisholm is getting preachy (I think his wealth has made him guilty and guilt will make you liberal, among other things).  Bad company corrupts good morals.  I digress..

Now for the picture part of my story:  Our goal is to spend the Fourth of July with friends in Albany, NY, arriving on July 3rd leaving on July 6th.

Itinerary and Logistics:  (1)  The National Museum of Art in Washington DC.  (2)  As much as is possible in one-full-day in Philadelphia, PA with rest in a nice motel at the end of each very full day.  AAA gives you better rates in motels.  Never travel without AAA or a service similar to this.  PLUS our discovery (after this short part of our trip):  Groupon.com and/or LivingSocial.com!  So far we have experienced really good, clean and well located motels/hotels at very reasonable prices, with breakfast + tax.

National Museum of Art in Washington DC. This is the entrance we used due to parking issues.  These odd mirror/glass monoliths are beautiful lighted waterfalls in the lower level restaurant/gift shops.   This is the only picture of DC we got...all other pictures are of the incredible art collection.

National Museum of Art in Washington DC.
This is the entrance we used due to parking issues. These odd mirror/glass monoliths are beautiful lighted waterfalls in the lower level restaurant/gift shops.
This is the only picture of DC we got…all other pictures are of the incredible art collection.

Washington DC is one of the most impressive cities you will ever visit.  The architecture is diverse and spectacular.  I have been three times since I was twenty.  Parking is an issue, so pick the areas you want to visit in a day, parking near that area.  Wear good shoes.  Plan for at least 5 days on your first visit.  You will find (short list):

  • The Smithsonian Institution
  • The National Botanical Garden
  • Monuments and Memorials galore (STUNNING!)
  • The Capitol Building
  • The White House
  • The National Archives
  • The Library of Congress
  • The Supreme Court
  • Arlington National Cemetery

PHILADELPHIA, PA

Liberty Bell

Liberty Bell

Philadelphia Museum of Art.  Absolutely the most impressive art museum building we have seen to date... and we have seen many. These are the steps Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) ran up and down in his training.

Philadelphia Museum of Art. Absolutely the most impressive art museum building we have seen to date… and we have seen many.
These are the steps Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) ran up and down in his training.

Rocky Balboa statue in bronze on the grounds

Rocky Balboa statue in bronze on the grounds

This is the room in old downtown Philadelphia where delegates from all 13 colonies came to ratify the Declaration of Independence on July 2, 1776.   The chair in the center is the actual chair occupied by General George Washington during these proceedings.

This is the room in old downtown Philadelphia where delegates from all 13 colonies came to ratify the Declaration of Independence on July 2, 1776.
The chair in the center is the actual chair occupied by General George Washington during these proceedings.  We actually toured this facility on July 2, 2014.

One of the original, signed copies on display in Philadelphia

One of the original, signed copies on display in Philadelphia

We saw some beautiful art in DC and in Philadelphia.  To pick one to designate as my favorite would be impossible.  However being a Mississippi girl my heart is greatly warmed by the beauty of Magnolia.  This painting is so perfect one could almost enjpy the fragrance.

We saw some beautiful art in DC and in Philadelphia. To pick one to designate as my favorite would be impossible. However being a Mississippi girl my heart is greatly warmed by the beauty of Magnolia. This painting is so perfect one could almost enjoy the fragrance.

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