Awwww ~~ hate to see this end, but hope to see it added to in the future.
You really take killer photos, Htmb and I love how you incorporated regular sights of the city along with the beautiful pictures of paintings, architecture, etc. My only complaint is that now I have a desire to see DC, something I never had before.
Yes, Tod, I'm happy I was able to visit, and the $10 USD airfare made it even sweeter. Though the circumstances of my visit were a bit adverse, I think we made the best of it and accomplished a lot, both in the moving in process and, for my part, in the sightseeing department. The nice weather was a big plus, too.
My roundtrip flight from North Floida to Washington, DC cost only $10 because I was awarded extra miles after I was forced to spend the night in the Atlanta Airport on my way back from Paris this summer. Though an inconvenience, and it was certainly the airline's fault, some of the other passengers and I banded together and made the best of the situation. I already knew some of them before, and certainly knew many of the others better by the next morning.
Nothing exciting, Mossie. Just a bunch of stranded folks gathering together and appreciating the idea of "security in numbers." Basically, one of my acquaintances for many years sat up and watched over the group while the rest of us slept. One of the women and I pushed long benches together to make passable places for us to sleep, while some others camped out on the floor. Since I had all my luggage with me I placed my small bag under my head for a pillow, while my left hand was interlaced through the handle of my rolling bag.
I'm amazed I was able to sleep. I suppose it was because I was so tired from coming off an international flight, plus I had such a good time I was still thinking about my month in France. I snoozed for at least four hours on that cold, hard bench.
The airport night-crew members were great, with vendors even offering to open up machines and passing out bottled water. The security officers in the Atlanta airport stayed near where the terminal passageways intersected and were most helpful. A couple hours into our sleep I got up and wandered a bit looking for a blanket because I was freezing. I encountered at least three security police on patrol. They were most understanding and one on a Segway even rolled over to us early in the morning to let us know the terminal was reopening and we needed to be getting up and going to our new gate.
htmb it sounds as if $10 was the only cost....not $10 plus airport taxes? I ask because when we flew to Ireland from Manchester airport the flight cost something like 5 pounds stirling but the taxes added on were around 40 pounds!
The advantage of having a child who lives in a different part of the country is getting to visit, especially if it is as interesting/ fun as this this. When you posted the pics and info about " Gigantico" I thought it was a North American chain and was planning on posting on how similar it was to IKEA a chain we have in N Europe. A finer eg of globalisation could not be found more easily .
I really want to go to Washington someday, your posts and fab photos just make me want to even more.