Sadly we have no wifi at the Washington Hilton so I am blogging on notes on the iPad until we get to wifi!
We got up this morning , had our showers and finished the last little bit of packing , checked out and hailed a cab to head to Penn Station. The taxi took us down 7th Ave to 33rd and passed Times Square where people had their chairs , blankets etc already set up in readiness for tonight's NYE. They are expecting 1 000 000 people to be in the precinct tonight. Lockdown occurs at 3.00 pm. Ripley's Believe it or not were offering seats at $250 a pop and I am not convinced that would give you a view of anything. Lady Gaga is to be performing and rumor has Beyonce is switching the switch tonight.
Anyway we got to Penn Station and had a coffee before heading into the waiting room. While there my darling husband heard about Red Carpet or something like that... The premise is that this guy will pack our bags onto a trolley and take us down to the train to pre-board for a tip. so a well spent $20 got us into our seats before anyone else in NY boarded and he carried our bags on and stowed them. $20 well spent!!
We were the light entertainment for those already on the train as we tried to turn the seat around so we were facing each other. We finally managed it only to discover that doing tha meant no leg room. Not sure of the point!!! Got the seats back in the right direction and soon we were heading off.
Newark station was first stop. Second stop is Metropark station. Took photos of houses on way into this station. The houses are very narrow but 3 storeys high. This is because of price of land. Around Metropark was feeling of Healesville.
Trenton New Jersey next stop. Hot dog for lunch - got to say yummy hot dog - high praise coming from me- not a hot dog fan really but yuuummmmm
Went through Tullytown - all so quaint. Houses are still three storey and are timber and painted in blues and white or creams and contrast - not all one colour like so many Melbourne houses. No colour in scenery cos no snow so all trees are looking dead and general country side brown and lifeless waiting for winter to hit!!!
Next stop is Philadelphia Pennsylvania home of liberty bell! Mainly two storey houses but narrow still. Waiting to see Lil and guys from Cold Case!!! Mixture of brick and timber. Saw Delaware Bay.
Next stop Wilmington, Delaware.
Little town in middle of nowhere with cute little townhouses or the likes - two streets all joined together and masses of land all around them.... Weird!
Keep seeing large bays of water - all part of Chesapeake bay. Houses lately have been single storey and a little wider but still very simple and small - smaller than my Mum and Dads. As soon as we hit suburbia the houses go back to narrow and three storeys.
Baltimore - good morning Baltimore!! Largest city in Maryland pronounced marriland rather Maryland . Coming into Baltimore we certainly saw the seedier side if the town.... Bit hairspray ish!!!
After Baltimore we stopped at Carroltown which was much of the same sameness and the into Washington DC we came. Union Station was our destination. Yet another beautiful old building showing off gorgeous architecture.