"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in
its net of wonder forever."—Jacques Cousteau

August 4, 2011

Aug. 3 - Washington, DC

Day 138 - Circulator (Bus) Day
Gangplank Marina

We bought a day pass on the Circulator this morning and rode out to the National Zoo. The zoo is famous for the two pandas they have...unfortunately they were not out today. I was disappointed we couldn't see the pandas and in the zoo has a whole. It really isn't as big as I expected and it seems to be a little run down. After the zoo we took the bus back into town and boarded another bus that took us out to Georgetown. Georgetown is an affluent neighborhood of Washington full of wonderful shops and historic buildings. We even had a beer at Martin’s Tavern where JFK, Nixon, LBJ and Truman were regular customers. We sat in the booth were John Kennedy proposed to Jackie. After relaxing on the boat for a little while we took the bus to Chinatown for dinner.

U.S.S. Sequoia Presidential Yacht - meticulously restored, 104-foot, 1925 Trumpy-designed yacht that has served Presidents since Herbert Hoover. It hasn't been used by a President since George W. Bush. It is docked at Gangplank Marina. People can rent the boat for parties.
National Zoo
Mei Xiang and Tian Tian - These are the two panda's we could have seen (photo form the internet)
The Old Stone House in Georgetown is the only surviving pre-Revolutionary building in the capital, built in 1764
Martin's Tavern
The Friendship Arch marks the beginning of Chinatown

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