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Monday, 16 January 2017

Four days in Washington DC. Day 4

This being our final morning in Washington we wanted to take one last look at the White House. For a while we stood by the railings on its south side until a security guard asked us to move well back and away from the perimeter. We guessed something was about to happen and sure enough half an hour later three helicopters came into view.

Two peeled off but one landed on the White House lawn where a large group of people had gathered. Shortly afterwards Marine One took off again and we assumed that Barrack Obama - a few weeks away from being re-elected in November 2012 - was inside. Admittedly it all happened at some distance but nevertheless it was a thrill to witness.

This Friday, the White House will have a new President, the 45th. Since 1937 Inauguration Day has always fallen on January 20, the term of office officially starting at 12 noon.

Information: official tourism site of Washington DC www.washington.org

The travel section of The Daily Telegraph last Saturday (Jan 14) mentioned four places for ‘power lunching for politicos’. They are The Old Ebbitt Grill, The Occidental, The Round Robin bar at the Willard InterContinental and the Off the Record at the Hay Adams Hotel.

Other places to eat/drink that I’ve seen recommended include Tail Up Goat, Café Milano, 2Amys, The Capital Grille and The Jefferson at the Jefferson Hotel.

Likewise hotels mentioned include.....Hotel Madera, The George and Hotel Palomar which like the Kimpton Donovan are Kimpton hotels. The Watergate Hotel, the Tabard Inn, Four Seasons, The Dupont Circle, Chester Arthur House and the Mandarin Oriental.

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