Washington Update: Gov’t Attractions Closed

Hi everyone,

Friendly warning – my sister is in Washington at the moment, and due to the Gov’t shutdown, all major monuments and Government funded attractions are closed- this includes (but is not limited to):-

– Smithosonian

– Washington Monument

– The Capitol Building

– Lincoln Memorial

This also includes national attractions in other cities, e.g. the Statue of Liberty. We will let you know when they are reopened, but in the meantime you can stand outside and look at them, but you cannot go in. Hopefully this all blows over soon and they will be reopened quickly.

X the sisterhood team

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New York City, USA!

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E chiming in. Hi fellow travelers! Nice to meet you. In this post I’m going to tell you a little bit about New York City or NYC, the Big Apple, the City that Never Sleeps, whatever you want to call it. I know with certainty that you would have heard of this place – it is the go-to location for movies and TV shows, think Sex and the City or Gossip Girl. These shows glamorize NYC like there’s no tomorrow, but the thing is, it really is as great as they make it out to be. I first visited NYC in September of 2010 and again in February of this year (2013). I absolutely loved it – I will leave some fun facts and tips for you.

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The People: Rude, obnoxious, fast-paced – these are the words most people think of when they think of New Yorkers. When I was there I found the complete opposite. This was except for the fast-paced part, they sure were in a hurry! However, I found New Yorkers to be friendly, interesting and extremely happy to help. There were numerous times when I had my nose in a map looking like a stereotypical tourist and not once did someone not offer to help me. All shop-keepers were enthusiastic and seemed to be running on some sort of happy pill at all times. Everyone called me ma’am and had wonderful manners. So don’t worry about being lost in the middle of Manhattan with no one to help you!

Safety: New York City is sometimes considered as the epicentre of crime in the U.S. Due to the high crime rate in the past the government focused on bringing crime down and these days it is much more safe. For tourists (you!) it is best to stay in Manhattan rather than venture off to the other boroughs such as Brooklyn, Queens etc. On my first visit I ventured north to Harlem (very north of Manhattan) and found it to be very intimidating. There are no taxis that go from Harlem back to lower-Manhattan so the only choice to get home is the subway. I must say catching the subway in the dark with only my mother was not the most safe thing I could have done…. So mostly, just stick to the main streets of Manhattan and don’t go out by yourself at night and you’ll be fine.

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To do: I stayed in NYC for 7 days each time I went there, and with the amount of things to do I think I could’ve spent a year there! Some things I highly recommend is going ice-skating at Rockafella centre (only in winter of course), riding on a horse and cart through Central Park, going up to the Empire State Building, the American Museum of Natural History, going to see a play on Broadway (I saw Wicked, amazing!!!) and seeing a comedy show at Comedy Central. I would also say plan a solid two days of your stay for shopping. Oh the shopping!

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Love, E X

Hey there, Washington D.C.

Hey lovelies, it’s M here, posting about why you might want to plan a visit to D.C like I did.

D.C. is probably better known as the capital of the United States of America, if you’re a fan of political history, amazing architecture, cold weather and don’t forget the famous Georgetown cupcakes, then D.C. should be on the top of your travel lust list!

D.C was a favourite of mine, because I’m one of those weird people who actually really like the cold weather. Also having an interest of politics, D.C. was really interesting to explore – it’s home to many national monuments, the well-known Smithsonian museums, the Lincoln memorial which featured in that Simpsons episode, and of course the White House!

White House with yours truly.

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The Smithsonian museums are a must see if in D.C., there are a number of museums you can choose from like: African Art Museum, American Indian Museum, the Portrait Gallery, Air and Space Museum and the one I spent most of my time in was the Natural History Museum. The Natural History Museum has some amazing life-like animal replicas and an amazing butterfly room! I would recommend dedicating at least a few hours for optimum museum experience!

Giraffe in Natural History Museum

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Shells at Natural History Museum 

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Crystals at Natural History Museum

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Shot that I took of a butterfly in the butterfly room.

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I hope you all consider Washington as one of your priority jet-setting options! It also has a real multi-cultural sense like Sydney does so there are an amazing selection of restaurants and make sure you hit up Le Pain Quotidien for breakfast – it’s a really cool cafe chain worldwide but with one of it’s more famous cafes and bakeries in Washington D.C. and whilst you are in the states don’t forget to hit up Pinkberry for all you froyo fans – they have Nutella froyo, MMMMMMM!

Love, M. X