Visit to New York USA and Washington DC in 2001-2002


Visited USA on official assignment which provided opportunity to roam mainly in Manhattan, New York at ease for four months and Washington for three days. Sadhana also joined after one month.

Had heard about the sky-rappers of NYC since school days. NYC, the city never sleeps, is vibrant all the time and you see multicultural flavors in the city. Visited the city within one month of the 9/11 disaster.  Very impressed with the New York City Subway is the world’s largest rapid transit system by length of routes and by number of stations. 13 million passengers are using the subway system every day.

The highlights up of these four months were to walk around in the Manhattan for hours over weekend and see this magnificent city. During winter, we used to walk for while and then get into some place like store or supermarket to get warm to start moving around.

Could visit some places of New York City viz. Battery Park, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Islands, Red Indian Museum, UNO Head Quarters, Empire State Building, China Town, etc.

Over a long weekend we visited Washington DC in December when winter was at its peak and snow was falling in New York and Washington. The NH-95 was filled in with a lot of snow and the bus was moving slowly. First time, we were experiencing how special vehicles were clearing the snow by spreading salt .

We mainly moved around in Washington in the Museum area from Friday afternoon to Monday afternoon. Moving from Pentagon to Lincoln Memorial. Could see some museums including Air and Space Museum which is famous for attractions such as The museum contains the Apollo 11 Command Module Columbia, the Friendship 7 capsule which was flown by John GlennCharles Lindbergh‘s Spirit of St. Louis, the Bell X-1 which broke the sound barrier, the model of the starship Enterprise used in the science fiction television show Star Trek: The Original Series, and the Wright brothers‘ Wright Flyer airplane near the entrance.

We also visited Lincoln Memorial is an American national memorial built to honor  Abraham Lincoln. The memorial has been the site of many famous speeches, including Martin Luther King Jr.‘s “I Have a Dream” speech, delivered on August 28, 1963, during the rally at the end of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

Both the wandering in the NYC and 3-days trip in Washington was memorable !!!

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