{dc} the extra mile

July 12, 2018

Walking around Washington D.C., I started noticing some plaques in the ground. At first I didn’t know what The Extra Mile meant, but have since realized what a great idea it is to have these round medallion-like plaques put right into the sidewalk. It’s always nice to have a chance to celebrate people in our nation’s history who have “gone the extra mile” to help others. I took pictures of a couple of the individuals who I had heard about long the Points of Light Volunteer Pathway. There were definitely so many more though. Too bad there’s never enough time to look at all of them!

Read about our other DC adventures here: 1600 pennsylvaniathe pretzel bakery

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One of the biggest reasons to visit London is for all the free and amazing museums! They are awesome and perhaps one of the best is the National Gallery (open late on some evenings, too, which is even better!). This place is so enourmous there’s no way to see everything in one evening, but with it being free, there’s no reason why residents an more long term visitors can’t come more regularly. I feel like if I lived in London I would definitely try and take advantage of all that! All with that, I give you some of the best of what England prizes as good art. Until next time, because it’s back to the U.S. Goodbye United Kingdom, it’s been real!

Read more about our United Kingdom adventure here:
Scotland – edinburgh, the old cityall things national museum • holyrood views 15th century st. giles cathedral closes abound edinburgh’s castle headed north dunkeld, the first stop the highlands killiecrankie’s soldier’s leap a wee dram of tomatin here comes the snow clava cairns’ standing stones crossing the bridge to skye isle of skye sites the old man of storreilean donan castle the heeland coo kilt rock “city” of portree black and white glen coe the last loch celebrating william wallace it’s the food!
Wales – cardiff’s majestic castle countryside it’s the food!fantasy costell cochcaerphilly castle + dragons dusk cardiff buildings the national museum collection mermaids in cardifffireworks
England – bath’s abbey bath’s baths bath’s royal crescent bath’s eats bath’s pulteney bridge bath’s medieval sights mysterious stonehengesalisbury’s cathedral the queen’s calvary westminster cathedral’s stripes the london eats westminster abbeyit’s portrait land!  tower bridge cambridge the city cambridge the colleges the tower of london london’s camden so british

An English photo adventure:

I’m pretty sure if all of San Francisco moved to London, they would find themselves somewhere close to Camden Town. Camden is known for having an artsy flair and markets galore. Everywhere you go in the district there are markets. Sure there are nice stores with new products, but the majority are stalls selling art and jewelry and rows and rows of used clothing and wares shops. In fact, it’s amazing just how many second hand stores and markets there are stuffed into large (formerly) stables and warehouses there are on just a few streets! There’s also a large number of food trucks in the area. Hello hipsters!

Read more about our United Kingdom adventure here:
Scotland – edinburgh, the old cityall things national museum • holyrood views 15th century st. giles cathedral closes abound edinburgh’s castle headed north dunkeld, the first stop the highlands killiecrankie’s soldier’s leap a wee dram of tomatin here comes the snow clava cairns’ standing stones crossing the bridge to skye isle of skye sites the old man of storreilean donan castle the heeland coo kilt rock “city” of portree black and white glen coe the last loch celebrating william wallace it’s the food!
Wales – cardiff’s majestic castle countryside it’s the food!fantasy costell cochcaerphilly castle + dragons dusk cardiff buildings the national museum collection mermaids in cardifffireworks
England – bath’s abbey bath’s baths bath’s royal crescent bath’s eats bath’s pulteney bridge bath’s medieval sights mysterious stonehengesalisbury’s cathedral the queen’s calvary westminster cathedral’s stripes the london eats westminster abbeyit’s portrait land!  tower bridge cambridge the city cambridge the colleges the tower of london

An English photo adventure:

Located on the famous River Thames, the Tower of London is not just a tower. In fact, it includes many, many towers because it’s en entire castle and fortress. The reason it’s called the Tower of London is because of the white tower (more like building) built by William the Conqueror in the 1000s. The Tower of London has had a variety of different uses over the years from royal residence to prison to housing exotic animals that were gifted to the monarch. My mom and I spent the majority of a long morning at the Tower of London. Due to just how famous it is, we decided that the entrance fee was worth it. It’s too bad that it didn’t come with audio self-guided tour though because that would have probably given us more information than the placards. You could literally spend an entire day here though with all the museums, exhibits, and galleries inside.

Read more about our United Kingdom adventure here:
Scotland – edinburgh, the old cityall things national museum • holyrood views 15th century st. giles cathedral closes abound edinburgh’s castle headed north dunkeld, the first stop the highlands killiecrankie’s soldier’s leap a wee dram of tomatin here comes the snow clava cairns’ standing stones crossing the bridge to skye isle of skye sites the old man of storreilean donan castle the heeland coo kilt rock “city” of portree black and white glen coe the last loch celebrating william wallace it’s the food!
Wales – cardiff’s majestic castle countryside it’s the food!fantasy costell cochcaerphilly castle + dragons dusk cardiff buildings the national museum collection mermaids in cardifffireworks
England – bath’s abbey bath’s baths bath’s royal crescent bath’s eats bath’s pulteney bridge bath’s medieval sights mysterious stonehengesalisbury’s cathedral the queen’s calvary westminster cathedral’s stripes the london eats westminster abbeyit’s portrait land!  tower bridge cambridge the city cambridge the colleges

An English photo adventure:

While a cool city to visit, the real reasons go to Cambridge is either to attend school there, teach there, otherwise work there, or to see the fancy colleges. The last reason was why my mom and I made the trek there via train. A relatively short train ride, we made the majority of a full day there. Even though it was winter break, many of the colleges were still open. A few of them were closed so we couldn’t go in to enjoy their beautiful architecture, and a few (the most famous ones) we had to pay to enter, but a number were just open, which makes sense to me! The architecture on campus really is quite stunning. It’s a bit difficult for me to understand the concept of university and colleges, what the difference is between the two, and how they operate in and around each other. Nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the buildings and art at the various colleges. So lucky are these students to be surrounded with such beauty everyday!

Read more about our United Kingdom adventure here:
Scotland – edinburgh, the old cityall things national museum • holyrood views 15th century st. giles cathedral closes abound edinburgh’s castle headed north dunkeld, the first stop the highlands killiecrankie’s soldier’s leap a wee dram of tomatin here comes the snow clava cairns’ standing stones crossing the bridge to skye isle of skye sites the old man of storreilean donan castle the heeland coo kilt rock “city” of portree black and white glen coe the last loch celebrating william wallace it’s the food!
Wales – cardiff’s majestic castle countryside it’s the food!fantasy costell cochcaerphilly castle + dragons dusk cardiff buildings the national museum collection mermaids in cardifffireworks
England – bath’s abbey bath’s baths bath’s royal crescent bath’s eats bath’s pulteney bridge bath’s medieval sights mysterious stonehengesalisbury’s cathedral the queen’s calvary westminster cathedral’s stripes the london eats westminster abbeyit’s portrait land!  tower bridge cambridge the city

An English photo adventure: