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26 May 2010“Family travel to London, Charleston, Denver. Seems a great idea and is a lot of fun.”
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The idea was to meet the extended family I either never met before or met too many years ago. Pllanning began 6 month before R (reunion) day. When, where Hotels), what (to do), how? (flights, rental car), itinerary (help needed). Thank G-d for the Internet, emails, skype, messenger, everything is so easy these days and yes, a new gadget GPS. I also booked all hotels in advance, I hate last minute arrangements. Tried to pack lightly now that you pay for each suitcase. Weather is not steady poses a big problem. Still, we took lots of clothing for cold weather and it was over 90oF most of the time!
With my son, his wife and 2 kids, all 6 of us flew from Kansas to Baltimore.
We landed in Baltimore at 10 a.m. by 11 we were in the hotel and at around 12 we started walking towards the White House, passed it and continued to the Basin where the cherry trees blossomed. It was us and thousands of other tourists who walked and enjoyed the outstanding sight of the flower-covered trees. It was also a very hot day in Washington. Same day we also went to the Lincoln Memorial (grandson studied about Lincoln in school), we were beat. My 4 year old grand-daughter got very tired from walking such distances so we took the subway and bought at Target's a cheap stroller and that was a brilliant idea.
Friday morning we visited the Smithsonian, on the agenda for the kids, the Science museum and the Air and Space museum . Later we had tickets for a tour of the Capitol (do not bring water or any other kind of containers nor food to the tour, you are not allowed in with all these things). It's really a tour worth taking. Next day
the Holocaust museum. Three hours of somber memories. You start at the top of the museum (4th floor) and slowly continue to the Final Solution (Hitler's plan to destroy the Jews) on the entrance floor. Small kids do not enter this part, they have a small special exhibition. Sunday morning we took a tour of Arlington and later went to the Vietnam Memorial. I think we covered pretty much most of the things we planned to do in 3 days in Washington.
I think visiting the Holocaust museum in Washington is a must. To remember what the Nazis did to the millions of Jews,and not to forget what atrocities human beings can inflict upon other human beings. To see this is to understand why Israel is defending herself so vehemently.
I always wanted to see this memorial. Its quite shattering. 56,000 names of all those who fell in this terrible war. No words can describe my feelings standing there, reading the names, watching people cry and touch their loved ones names.