We checked into our hotel, the Blake Hotel, and quick made our way into the city center and the French Quarter. The French Quarter is the oldest neighborhood of New Orleans, with a number of historic buildings dating back to 18th century when the Spaniards rules the city. Continue reading →
Sarah and I decided on a whim to spend New Year’s Eve in New Orleans, at the Gulf of Mexico. Milestones along the way would be to visit the biggest aquarium in the Western Hemisphere, admire the “lucky” USS Alabama in Mobile, and watch fireworks and College Football in New Orleans. Writing this blog post I really can’t believe how much we did in only a few days!
Today, I would be a tourist in my own backyard as I would take the ‘Behind the Scenes Tour’ at the National Cathedral of Washington, D.C. It is the sixth largest cathedral in the world and one of D.C.’s architectural highlights. What sets it apart from all other cathedrals is that it is so young. Its construction was finished only in 1990, a mere 25 years ago.
Last weekend Saturday, Sarah and I had a first day really to ourselves. We decided to take our very first day trip in the U.S. We went to the historic town of Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia, famous for the armed slave revolt started by John Brown in 1859. We planned to visit some wineries along the way.
In the past days I have been driving for over 24 hours and 2,400 kilometers through the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, and France for my Christmas and New Year’s vacation. It was worth every minute and every meter.