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In this temple

In this temple, originally uploaded by ccgd.

Work over, I went out early this morning for a tour of the Washington sites. When I say early I mean early - I've been trying to keep my body clock on Scottish time, so I was walking down past the White-house at 7:00 in the morning local time, just as the sun was rising.

I was the only one there - well apart from two local bobbies who bid me a polite "Good Morning Sir". I'd popped down the previous afternoon for a walk between meetings and calls, and was staggered by the crowds.

So it was just me, and two bobbies.

Then I learnt that America does tourism in a big way - and early. I walked around to the Lincoln Memorial, and visited the WW2 memorial on the way. At 7:30 on the dot six coaches pulled up and disgorged huge numbers of people.

Leaving them at the fountains I nipped down to steps of the Lincoln Memorial, and took this zoom shot of the great man's statue, with the first of the days tourists - and local bobbies - chatting.

Washington is impressive, and I took shed loads of photos, and saw what too me is the holy grail of the modern world - the Apollo 11 Command Module.

The fact that is was surrounded by most the inhabitants of the continental US states did not detract one little bit.

The fact that most had no idea at all what they were seeing did.

I'm getting old. Apollo was 40 years ago this year.

And in Thurso, you stayed up all night to watch the landing.....

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