Washington, D.C., USA

La Chaumiere serves up a decadent and mouth-watering chocolate soufflé.

Steamed mussels at La Chaumiere

We all enjoyed delicious French wine on our final night on the road after more than three years of traveling.

Willow Murphy, the perfect baby during our dinner

Meghan Murphy, Jim, Susan Carhart, Bob Higdon, Paige and Michael Murphy, holding seven-month old Willow, at La Chaumiere in Georgetown

Georgetown’s M Street is home to shops and restaurants. On surrounding streets, Washington’s elite lives in fine old townhouses.

At 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue stands the White House, home to the US President.

I find the Dwight D. Eisenhower Executive Office Building one of the most impressive buildings in Washington. At the top of the stairs are brass trophy guns, captured from the Spanish in the Phillipine (sic) Islands in 1898.

The US Capitol: George Washington laid the first cornerstone on 1783 and the white-dome building became home to Congress in 1800.

Many government buildings have cement barricades standing before them, added after 11 September 2001 in the hopes that no one could drive into a building with a bomb.

The Supreme Court, housed in a white-marble structure, is home to the highest court in the US.

Washington’s buildings, home to government workers, are reminiscent of European architecture.

Jim stands before the 555-ft Washington Memorial, started in 1848 and completed by 1884.

This shot shows Pentagon work site, where rebuilding takes place to restore the Department of Defense, which was attacked on 11 September 2001.

Jim says the patriotic fervor has peaked after 11 September.

This tree near the Pentagon was the site of many tributes and memorials, as well as candlelight vigils, after 11 September.

Cranes work on the site at the Pentagon where the plane hit on 11 September 2001. The Pentagon employs 23,000 plus military and civilian workers.

Arlington National Cemetery is home to thousands of graves, including John F. Kennedy and his wife Jacqueline, as well as Robert Kennedy and the Tomb of the Unknowns.

4 January 2002 – I am blue. I am sad. Can't believe that we will drive home tomorrow. The End. Trip finished. Three-year travel odyssey completed. How did the years pass so quickly? Yes, there were days that seemed endless and others, mere moments, but today, the entire journey feels to have swept by in seconds. I only hope Henry Miller’s words, "One's destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things," ring true upon my return home.

  Touring Washington (Paige)
  Washington, DC (Jim)