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US EAST-COAST -
FROM NEW ENGLAND TO SOUTH CAROLINA
 

 
 

 
 

MAINE: ACADIA NATIONAL PARK (1), OGUNQUIT (2).
NEW HAMPSHIRE: FRANCONIA NOTCH (3), MOUNT WASHINGTON AUTO ROAD (4), AMERICA'S STONEHENGE (5),
FIREWORKS SHOW (6), STRAWBERY BANKE (7), WHALE WATCHING (8).
MASSACHUSETTS: BOSTON (9), PLIMOTH PLANTATION (10), CAPE COD NATIONAL SEASHORE (11),
THE BUTTERFLY PLACE (12), WALDEN POND (13), THE NORTH SHORE (14).
NEW YORK STATE: NEW YORK CITY (15), ESSEX (16).
PENNSYLVANIA: SESAME PLACE (17).
VIRGINIA: SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK (18), LURAY CAVERNS (19), FREDERICSBURG (20), COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG (21).
SOUTH CAROLINA: MYRTLE BEACH (22).
WASHINGTON DC. (23).

 
     
  INTRO: I CAME TO THE USA IN LATE DECEMBER 1993 WHERE I STAYED FOR JUST OVER A YEAR. I WORKED AS AN AU PAIR IN WARRENTON, VIRGINIA FOR FOUR MONTHS AND EIGHT MONTHS IN AYER, MASSACHUSETTS. IN BETWEEN THE TWO JOBS, I STAYED 14 DAYS AT AN AU PAIR AGENCY REPRESENTATIVE IN BURLINGTON, VERMONT.

during these 12 months, I visited quite a few places on the east-coast. most of the places i went to were national parks, historical sites AND RECREATION AREAS. my few weeks of vacation were spent in the rocky mountains AND ON A TRIP AROUND THE USA BY TRAIN, so the ABOVE places were seen on weekends (ON MY OWN, together with my host parents / AU PAIR COLLEAGUES).

 
     
   
 

VIEW FROM ABOVE ACADIA NATIONAL PARK WITH SURROUNDING ISLANDS (PARK LOOP ROAD BELOW).

 
     
   
 

A HOUSE WITH A "MILLION DOLLAR" VIEWJUST OUTSIDE THE PARK AREA.

 
     
   
 

NO WHITE SAND BEACHES AVAILABLE IN THIS PART OF MAINE.

 
     
  Acadia National Park is situated in the north-eastern part of Maine on Mount Desert Island.

It was created, in 1916, with land donated by individual landowners under the name Sieur de Monts National Monument. In 1919, it became Lafayette National Park, the first national park east of the Mississippi River. In 1929, the name was changed to Acadia National Park.

The park has 120 miles (192 km.) of hiking trails and 2 campgrounds. The visitation is highest in July/August but it never really feels crowded here.

A 27-mile (43 km.) scenic drive connects the lakes, mountains and the seashore. Make sure to stop a few times to enjoy the views this park has to offer. You need a little experience to go on some of the hiking trails. Some of the trails are actually climbing trails. Bring your hiking boots and a camera, you will need both.

 
     
   
 

THE BEACHMERE INN, OGUNQUIT. ONE OF MANY BEAUTIFUL BUILDINGS IN OGUNQUIT.

 
     
   
 

THICK FOG AT THE BEACH IN OGUNQUIT.

 
     
  Ogunquit is a small beach-town of 1,500 people, 40 miles (64 km.) south of Portland, Maine. It is the home of the breathtaking cliff-side Marginal Way, a scenic footpath along the Atlantic Ocean.

During the summer, the town receives a lot of visitors who come here to enjoy the 3 miles (5 km.) of platinum white sand beaches. Ogunquit has been one of Maine's premiere resort villages and artists' colonies for generations.

Good food, beautiful buildings, small stores and great beaches are just a few of the things Ogunquit has to offer. Spend a day or two here and you will not want to leave again.

If you decide to visit Ogunquit, take Route 1 (along the coast) part of the way to see how beautiful Small-Town-America really is.

 
     
   
 

"THE OLD MAN OF THE MOUNTAIN" NEAR FRANCONIA NOTCH, NEW HAMPSHIRE.

 
     
   
 

ECHO LAKE NEAR FRANCONIA, NEW HAMPSHIRE.

 
     
  Franconia Notch is a 1,900-ft. (608-meter) high mountain pass in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The White Mountains National Forest is an eldorado for nature lovers of all ages. Here you will find small natural wonders such as the Old Man of the Mountain (photo ABOVE), The Flume, The Basin, and human made attractions such as the Mount Washington Auto Road and the cog railway.

There are many scenic drives available in the White Mountains and if you feel like hiking, visit Franconia Notch. On a warm day you might want to take a plunge in the lake near the town of Franconia.

If you ever visit New England, donít forget to visit the White Mountains. Henry David Thoreau liked it and so will you.

 
     
   
 

THE MOUNT WASHINGTON AUTO ROAD IN THE WHITE MOUNTAINS OF NEW HAMPSHIRE. I DROVE THAT HONDA ACCORD TO THE SUMMIT.

 
     
   
 

THE COG RAILWAY / HIGHEST WIND EVER OBSERVED, MT. WASHINGTON AUTO ROAD, NEW HAMPSHIRE.

 
     
  The Mount Washington Auto Road is a 7.6-mile (12-km.) long road to the summit of Mt. Washington, New Hampshire. The road was constructed between 1854 and 1861. The last few years, more than 45,000 cars have driven to the summit each year.

It takes about 20 to 25 minutes to get to the top on a normal day but if you take part in the "Climb to the Clouds" held each year, you have to do better than 4 minutes 59 seconds if you want to set a record.

Mt. Washington is 6,288 ft. (1,917 meters) high with an elevation gain of 4,727 ft. (1,441 meters) from the foot of the mountain, 35 % of the road is gravel. You may take your own car or one of the GMC vans that are part of the guided tour.

Another way of getting to the summit is by cog railway or by foot. Make your choice and enjoy. The view will amaze you.

 
     
   
 

THE ENTRANCE TO "THE AMERICA'S STONEHENGE" IN SALEM, NEW HAMPSHIRE.

 
     
   
 

PART OF THE 4000-YEAR-OLD MEGALITHIC SITE.

 
     
  America's Stonehenge is a 4000-year-old megalithic site located on Mystery Hill in Salem, New Hampshire. The complex is a series of stone walls containing large, shaped standing stones.

Through several independent surveys by qualified researchers, it has been determined that the site is an accurate, astronomically aligned calendar. It was, and still can be, used to determine specific solar and lunar events.

Archaeological excavation at the site has uncovered numerous historic and pre-historic artefacts, stone tools, pottery, and samples suitable for radiocarbon dating. Charcoal from two of these excavations in 1969 and 1971 proved to be 3000 and 4000 years old respectively.

The site was built by people who were here long before Columbus arrived in 1492. Researchers have narrowed the possibilities down to either a Native American culture, or a migrant European population. As of yet, no single theory has been proven, but research continues, and perhaps someday will result in the solving of the puzzle.

 
     
   
 

4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS.

 
     
   
 

4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS.

 
     
  FIREWORKS SHOW: Fireworks are common in the USA on the 4th of July. This fireworks show was special though. The person who arranged all the fireworks had just won the North-American title for best fireworks (1994). I donít quite remember where it took place but it was somewhere on the border between Massachusetts and New Hampshire, and it only happened that one time.

I love taking photos so I found out that fireworks are best shot with ISO 400 film, the exposure at 1/60 seconds and f/16 aperture. Set the zoom to a fixed position and take 3 exposures on each frame. Wait for the fireworks to be fully "grown" before you shoot.

 
     
   
 

MANOR HOUSE AT STRAWBERY BANKE IN PORTSMOUTH, NEW HAMPSHIRE.

 
     
   
 

THE TABLE IS SET AT STRAWBERY BANKE, NEW HAMPSHIRE.

 
     
  Strawbery Banke Museum is situated in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. It is a living history museum and has more than 40 preserved buildings. The buildings are all from different time periods and cover more than 300 years of this important seaport's history.

All buildings are open to visitors. The interior is kept in the right atmosphere of the time period. With a few steps, you can walk from one century to another. People of all ages will enjoy a walk around the museum area.

When settlers arrived here around 1630 they were amazed by the abundance of wild strawberries, hence Strawbery Banke.

The "fence" on the roof of the MANOR house (PHOTO ABOVE) is called a widow walk. Many worried women were walking around up there looking for their men who had not returned from sea. The Peacock Shop offers lots of souvenirs to remember your visit by.

 
     
   
 

THE WHALE WATCHING BOAT ON ITS WAY TO THE "SPOTTING" AREA IN THE ATLANTIC OCEAN NEAR PORTSMOUTH, NEW HAMPSHIRE.

 
     
   
 

FIRST SIGHTING OF A WHALE.

 
     
  WHALE WATCHING: Whale watch tours are common along the US east-coast. The one I went on was out of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The tour operators know where the whales feed, that way they can find spots where whale observations are most likely to happen.

Most whale watch tours last about 4-5 hours and cost about 10 DOLLARS. When you go on a tour, you are also told about the history of the area and the life of the whales. On my tour, there was a student of ocean biology telling about the whales in the area, the fish they eat and so on.

When you call the company to reserve tickets, you can leave your phone number and they will call you back if the tour is cancelled due to bad whether. Some companies have a money-back guarantee if no whales are sited on the tour. I saw about 5 different whales.

 
     
   
 

THE TWO TALLEST TOWERS IN BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS.

 
     
   
 

ONE OF MANY BEAUTIFUL STREETS IN BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS.

 
     
  BOSTON:  
     
   
 

PLIMOTH PLANTATION - LIVING HISTORY MUSEUM, PLYMOUTH, MASSACHUSETTS.

 
     
   
 

THE GOOD SHIP "MAYFLOWER" AND "PLYMOUTH ROCK" WITH THE YEAR OF ARRIVAL IN THE NEW WORLD, PLYMOUTH, MASSACHUSETTS.

 
     
  Plimoth Plantation is situated 40 miles (64 km.) south-east of Boston, Massachusetts, in the town of Plymouth. In 1620, a group of English pilgrims arrived in "The New World" on the good ship Mayflower.

In this living history museum, it is always the year 1627. Here you can witness how the colony looked like at that time. You can also see how they got here by visiting the reproduction of the Mayflower. The ship was built in England and sailed over in 1957. You are welcome to go aboard.

There are plenty of exhibits to look at. The important occupations in 1627 Plymouth were farming and trade. The colony had to import many of its needs from Europe, paying its debts through the furs it got by trade with the Native Peoples.

Plimoth Plantation's food service offers a taste of pilgrim-era cuisine in the harvest feasts at thanksgiving time and for special group reservation at other times. Hosted by costumed role-players, the plantation's seventeenth-century dining provides a tangible experience of the past.

Plymouth Rock lies outside the plantation but is worth a visit.

 
     
   
 

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTER, CAPE COD, MASSACHUSETTS.

 
     
   
 

CAPE COD IS NAMED FOR THE ABUNDANCE OF COD BUT DON'T FORGET TO TASTE THE LOBSTERS.

 
     
  Cape Cod National Seashore, Massachusetts, was established in 1961 and comprises most of Cape Codís shoreline and upland. The park receives about 5 million visitors every year. Most come to lie on the 40 miles (64 km.) of sandy beaches.

A variety of historic structures are within the boundary of the Seashore, including lighthouses, lifesaving stations, and numerous Cape Cod style houses. The Seashore offers six swimming beaches, 11 self-guiding nature trails, and a variety of picnic and overview areas.

There are also many bicycle trails of different length. You may use the bicycle trails for other activities such as roller-skating. Since the area is rural and towns are nearby, you will find all you need without having to drive a long way. Visit Provincetown for a true Cape Cod meal. Lobsters are very fresh here, and the town has a great atmosphere. Go to one of the two visitorís centres for general information.

 
     
   
 

AT THE BUTTERFLY PLACE IN WESTFORD, MASSACHUSETTS.

 
     
   
 

A MONARCH BUTTERFLY AT THE BUTTERFLY PLACE IN WESTFORD, MASSACHUSETTS.

 
     
  The Butterfly Place is located in Westford near Lowell, Massachusetts, north-west of Boston. It is not a very large place, but if you want to study butterflies up-close, it is the perfect place. They have many different kinds of butterflies here and, if you bring your camera, you are sure to get some nice photos. A 300-MM zoom lens (as I used) will make it even more fun to "shoot" these monsters.

The Butterfly place is actually just a small greenhouse. They have a small bookstore next to the greenhouse where you can buy books on butterflies and other related topics. Bring a couple of kids (donít forget your camera) and have fun.

 
     
   
 

WALDEN POND IS A POPULAR PLACE TO SPEND A HOT DAY.

 
     
   
 

HENRY DAVID THOREAU SPENT SOME TIME HERE AS WELL BEFORE HE WROTE THE BOOK "WALDEN - LIFE IN THE WOODS".

 
     
  Walden Pond is located just south of Concord, Massachusetts, off Route 2. To most people it is just a pond with a nice sandy shore as any in the USA but the pond is famous for more than that.

Henry David Thoreau, an American essayist and poet who lived from 1817-1862, spent two years of his life in a small shanty next to the pond. In 1854, he wrote a book about that experience called Walden (Life in the Woods). He lived according to his ideals of simplicity and closeness to nature; the book is about self-sufficiency.

You can hike around the pond in about 15-20 minutes. If you read the book, you might want to visit Thoreauís shanty.

Swimming and fishing is allowed in Walden Pond.

 
     
   
 

"THE NORTH SHORE", NORTH OF BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, IS FAMOUS FOR ITS BEACHES AND MANSIONS.

 
     
   
 

THE NORTH SHORE IS FAMOUS WITH SAILERS AS WELL.

 
     
  The North Shore, north of Boston, Massachusetts, is famous for its sandy beaches and abundance of cod and haddock. Gloucester is the oldest active fishing port in the USA.

From the 1880s through the 1920s, the village of Magnolia Ė now part of Gloucester Ė was a summer haven for the wealthy, who built mansions along the coast. Today, most of these mansions have been converted into condominiums though.

Take a drive around Cape Ann along route 127 or take 133 to 1A and visit the towns of Essex, Ipswich, Rowley and Salisbury Beach to suck in the history. Bring your swimsuit and try out the Atlantic Ocean.

 
     
   
 

THE NEW YORK CITY SKYLINE PRIOR TO 9/11.

 
     
   
 

5TH AVENUE AND THE STATUE OF LIBERTY, NEW YORK CITY.

 
     
  NEW YORK CITY: I SPENT 4 DAYS IN NEW YORK INCLUDING NEW YEARS EVE.

THIS WAS THE BEGINNING OF MY 13TH MONTH IN THE USA. AS AN AU PAIR YOUR "J1" VISA ALLOWS YOU TO WORK FOR 12 MONTHS AND STAY FOR AN EXTRA MONTH TO TRAVEL. I SPENT MY 13TH MONTH ON A TRIP AROUND THE USA BY RAIL.

AMTRAK TOOK ME FROM BOSTON TO THE FOLLOWING CITIES: NEW YORK (4 DAYS), CHICAGO (2 DAYS), SEATTLE (2 DAYS), SAN FRANCISCO (4 DAYS), LOS ANGELES (4 DAYS), LAS VEGAS (2 DAYS) AND THEN BACK TO BOSTON VIA CHICAGO. MY CAMERA AND CAMERA BAG WERE STOLEN IN CHICAGO ON THE WAY BACK FROM THE TRIP, SO I DON'T HAVE ANY PHOTOS FROM THAT TRIP. THE PHOTOS ABOVE (OF NEW YORK) ARE TAKEN BY THE TWO GERMAN AU PAIR COLLEAGUES WHO WENT TO NEW YORK WITH ME.

THE THREE OF US WENT TO TIMES SQUARE ON NEW YEARS EVE. A NICE EXPERIENCE BUT ALSO ONE WE SHARED WITH THOUSANDS OF OTHER TOURISTS AND NEW YORKERS.

EARLY MORNING (ABOUT 8 O'CLOCK) ON THE FIRST OF JANUARY, WE WALKED FROM OUR HOTEL IN MID MANHATTAN AND DOWN TO THE SOUTHERN TIP. WE MUST HAVE MET NO MORE THAN FIVE DIFFERENT PEOPLE AND MAYBE ONE CAR. THIS IS PROBABLY THE BEST EXPERIENCE I HAD, SINCE NEW YORK IS SUPPOSEDLY NEVER SLEEPING. HOWEVER, THEY MUST HAVE ALL SLEPT AT THIS TIME.

 
     
   
 

THE HOUSE IN ESSEX, NEW YORK, WHERE I STAYED FOR ABOUT A WEEK. IT IS NOW A BED & BREAKFAST.

 
     
   
 

VIEW OVER LAKE CHAMPLAIN FROM THE GARDEN, ESSEX, NEW YORK.

 
     
  ESSEX, NEW YORK, IS A VERY SMALL TOWN ON THE SHORES OF LAKE CHAMPLAIN. I STAYED HERE WITH AN "EF AU PAIR" AGENCY REPRESENTATIVE WHO HELPED ME FIND THE NEW HOST FAMILY IN MASSACHUSETTS. THEY SPENT THEIR SUMMERS OVER HERE WHILE THEY STILL HAD AN APARTMENT IN BURLINGTON, VERMONT. I ALSO GOT TO SPEND SOME TIME IN THE APARTMENT IN BURLINGTON.

IT WAS A CONFUSING TIME, SINCE I WOULD HAVE TO GO BACK TO DENMARK IF THEY DIDN'T FIND A NEW FAMILY FOR ME. THINKING BACK, I AM HAPPY TO HAVE BEEN ABLE TO SPEND SOME TIME IN THIS PART OF THE USA. THE REPRESENTATIVE WAS VERY NICE AND THE HOUSE IN ESSEX WAS EXTREMELY BEAUTIFUL. IT WAS BUILD IN 1836 AND HAD JUST BEEN TOTALLY RENOVATED. THE VIEW OVER LAKE CHAMPLAIN WAS VERY BEAUTIFUL.

 
     
   
 

GOOD SHIP SESAME AT SESAME PLACE, LANGHORNE, PENNSYLVANIA.

 
     
   
 

SESAME PLACE IS A WATERPARK FOR CHILDREN OF ALL AGES IN LANGHORNE, PENNSYLVANIA.

 
     
  Sesame place is a waterpark for children of all ages in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. Here you can meet all your friends from Sesame Street such as Big Bird, Elmo, Bert & Ernie, Zoe, Oscar, the Telly Monster, the Cookie Monster and Grover. They are all here, ready to say hi.

They have attractions for all ages including toddlers. Thereís a theatre, a film studio and much more and first of all, itís all fun. Sesame Place has restaurants and all other commodities you might need.

Bring a towel and a swimsuit and join the fun. You can spend a whole day here without any problems.

 
     
   
 

THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL PASSES THROUGH SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK IN VIRGINIA.

 
     
   
 

A VIEW FROM THE SKYLINE DRIVE IN SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK.

 
     
  Shenandoah National Park was established in 1936. Today forests with about 100 different species of trees cover more than 95% of the park. The Skyline Drive, a 105-mile (168 km.) long scenic drive that winds through the park, was completed in 1939. It starts in Front Royal, Virginia, and ends near Waynesboro also in Virginia. About 75 overlooks along with beautiful scenery and a 35-mile (56-km/H.) speed limit make for a great drive through the park.

If these 105 miles arenít enough for you, you can keep on driving fArther south on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The parkway is 470-miles (752 km.) long and takes you into North Carolina where the drive ends at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

About 500 miles (800 km.) of hiking trails are found inside Shenandoah. 100 miles (160 km.) of the trails are part of the Appalachian Trail which stretches from Maine to Georgia.

Shenandoah has five campgrounds and other modern facilities. Hotels and motels are found in communities near the park.

 
     
   
 

A WORLD OF STALACTITES AND STALAGMITES AWAITS YOU AT LURAY CAVERNS, VIRGINIA.

 
     
   
 

THE LURAY CAVERNS CAR MUSEUM HAS MANY BEAUTIFUL CARS.

 
     
  LURAY CAVERNS: West of Shenandoah National Park, off route 211 in the town of Luray, Virginia, youíll find Luray Caverns. They were discovered in 1878 and turned into a tourist attraction, as are many other caverns in and around the Blue Ridge Mountains. You can go on a guided tour of the caverns and enjoy the world of stalactites and stalagmites.

You donít need any special skills to go on this tour.

In 1957, a car museum was added to the site. Here you can find vehicles that date back to the 19th century, including carriages from the "old west" and an 1892 Benz. All in all, this is a wonderful place to spend a few hours or more. Luray Caverns is privately owned and an admission is charged.

 
     
   
 

KENMORE HOUSE, FREDERICSBURG, VIRGINIA.

 
     
   
 

THE CEMETERY IN FREDERICSBURG, VIRGINIA.

 
     
  Fredericsburg is a small town about 55 miles (88 km.) south-west of Washington DC. with approx. 20,000 inhabitants. One of the big battles of the civil war took place here. The cemetery tells the story of the people who died in the battle.

The Kenmore House (photo ABOVE) is one of many historical sites that Fredericsburg has to offer. George Washington had this house built for his only sister, Betty, in the 1770s.

Many buildings in Fredericsburg are very old and the whole atmosphere is very laid-back. Visit Old Town Fredericsburg, off Route 3, if you feel like getting into "the atmosphere".

Donít forget to visit this town if you are in the neighbourhood.

 
     
   
 

THE CAPITOL BUILDING IN COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG, VIRGINIA.

 
     
   
 

A PARADE AT COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG, VIRGINIA.

 
     
   
 

COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG IS PROBABLY THE BEST LIVING HISTORY MUSEUM IN THE WORLD.

 
     
  Colonial Williamsburg is situated 51 miles (82 km.) south-east of Richmond, Virginia. This is the most impressive historical site I have ever visited. Apart from my visit to Yellowstone National Park, this attraction is the most memorable place I went to in the USA as a whole.

The "Official guide to Colonial Williamsburg" describes how a visit to Colonial Williamsburg will be:

A visit to Colonial Williamsburg is a rendezvous with an important chapter of Americaís history and with an entire community that existed two centuries ago. The experience includes encounters with the great deeds of patriot leaders as well as with the daily activities of the less well known people who also lived in eighteenth-century Williamsburg. The result is a new awareness of and kinship with the men, women, and children of early America. Much of the thinking and action that led to the creation of our nation took place in eighteenth-century Williamsburg. For example, the Virginia Declaration of Rights, written by George Mason, was the basis for the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

People from all walks of life created the Virginia colony, and here in Williamsburg a visitor sees their public buildings, craft shops, stores, townhouses, and homes of the "middling sort". Gentry, planters, merchants, indentured servants, free blacks, slaves, travellers, and foreign visitors all congregated in the colonyís capitol. Public ordinances assured a well fenced orderly landscape of public grounds, private gardens, and graceful vistas.

Buildings, gardens, and other physical reminders of the past cannot convey fully the meaning of early Williamsburg, however. The history programs at Colonial Williamsburg help visitors discover the past by bringing to life the homes, cares, accomplishments, and failures of residents in and travellers to Virginiaís colonial capitol. Colonial Williamsburg strives to provide present visitors with an experience that is enjoyable, educational, and relevant to their lives today.

The Official Guide also talks about the years leading up to the building of Williamsburg. The first British settlers in America came ashore not far from Williamsburg where they established a settlement later called Jamestown. Jamestown served as the seat of government and administrative centre of Englandís largest colony in America. In 1698 the decision was taken to move the capitol further inland due to poor living conditions in Jamestown.

In 1699, the building of Williamsburg was begun. The new city was named Williamsburg in honour of the king of England, William III. There were no buildings on this site before so an entirely new capitol city was imposed on the site. So what you see today is what Williamsburg looked like at the time it was built. Only few houses that didnít survive the years have been re-build on the old foundations. The people who are part of Colonial Williamsburg walk around in clothes from that time period and if you ask them a question they will answer you as if it was still the eighteenth-century.

This place is a must-must-must-see.

 
     
   
 

ME AND (PART OF) MY HOST FAMILY AT MYRTLE BEACH, SOUTH CAROLINA.

 
     
   
 

PLAYING IN THE SAND, MYRTLE BEACH, SOUTH CAROLINA.

 
     
  MYRTLE BEACH: MILLIONS OF VISITORS COME TO MYRTLE BEACH EVERY YEAR TO ENJOY WHITE BEACHES AND A VARIETY OF ACTIVITIES. MYTLE BEACH HAS JUST BELOW 25.000 PERMANENT RESIDENTS WHO HELP KEEP THIS FULL-SERVICE RESORT COMMUNITY IN MOTION.

I CAME HERE WITH MY MASSACHUSETTS HOST FAMILY. NORMALLY I STAY IN THE SHADE, SINCE I'M NOT A BIG FAN OF THE SUN BUT I COULDN'T STAY AWAY FROM THE WARM NORTH-ATLANTIC OCEAN. I HAD A BLAST HERE AND SO DID THE KIDS.

WE LATER WENT SOUTH ON A DAY TRIP TO THE CITY OF CHARLESTON. THIS IS WHERE THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR BROKE OUT. VISIT IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN HISTORY AND ARCHITECTURE.

 
     
   
 

THE US CAPITOL BUILDING, WASHINGTON DC.

 
     
   
 

THE WHITE HOUSE, WASHINGTON DC.

 
     
   
 

LINCOLN MEMORIAL, WASHINGTON DC.

 
     
  WASHINGTON DC.: THE CAPITOL OF THE USA HAS ENOUGH SITES OF INTEREST TO LAST YOU FOR MANY WEEKS. THE SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION IS ONE OF MY FAVORITES. THE NATIONAL AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM, THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY AND "THE CASTLE" ARE GREAT PLACES TO SPEND A FEW HOURS. OF COURSE, YOU SHOULDN'T FORGET TO VISIT THE DIFFERENT MEMORIALS. THE ARLINGTON CEMETERY IS A MUST-SEE.

TRY OUT THE METRO AS WELL. IT IS ALMOST AS IMPRESSIVE AS THE ONE IN MOSCOW, RUSSIA.