CAPITAL  JOURNEY  –  WASHINGTON ,  DC .  GETTING  TO KNOW  THE  NATION’S CAPITAL  

Besides  New York  City ,  this city is the “Mother  of  All 30 Plus  Teams  Tours.”

It’s  the  city that’s  all about  the  three  M ‘ s  – Museums ,  Monuments ,  and Memorials . 

It’s  that  city that isn’t  a  state ,  but it just happens  to  be  the  capital  of  the  United  States . 

It’s  Washington ,  DC . 

This of course ,  is a 30  Plus  Teams  Tour ,  so it’s  all about  the  sports  in town  also . 

Just  like  politics, they take their  sports  VERY seriously  here.

It’s  a  sports  lovers  dream . 

You’ve  got  four teams  to choose  from . 

There’s  the  Wizards in basketball ,  the Capitals  in hockey ,  and the Nationals  in baseball . 

It’s  very much about football  in this  town . 

In a place where  politics dominates EVERYTHING, it’s  not that surprising  that  politics are going  to  creep into your 30 Plus  Teams  Tour  of  Washington  DC . 

The football  team  is called the  Washington  Redskins . 

Some people  would  like it if the team  would change their  name  to something  other than a name that some  folks  find very offensive . 

Other folks  just wish that the people  who  are  complaining  about  the  team  name would just shut up  and go away so that they can enjoy watching  football . 

You aren’t  here to get into  a  name debate of the football  team  though.

You might not even like  football  and came to see one of the other pro teams  in town . 

More than likely ,  though , you’re here to see what the city is famous  for . 

All those monuments ,  memorials ,  and museums . 

Don’t  forget  to  bring  that camera  with you.

Washington  DC  is a photographer’s  dream ,  and you just know  that  you’re  going  to  be  posting  a lot of  Washington  DC on Instagram . 

Please  remember  though, that when  you  visit  some  of  the  places that the city is famous  for , show some respect.

They’re  memorials . 

Definately  respect  them.

There  are  lots of  museums  that are free here.

Even the National  Zoo is free, and don’t  tell  me  that  you  don’t  want to check out those adorable  Panda Bears.

Where in town  will you go first?

No matter  what  neighborhood ,  bring those sneakers  with you.

This is a very walkable  town, so don’t  be surprised  if  you  see lots of joggers.

They might even be your local  senator or congress person . 

Of course the neighborhoods  that you’ll  want  to  see  are Capital  Hill, Georgetown ,  Dupont  Circle ,  the area around the  White  House ,  and maybe  even  the  Washington  DC  Waterfront . 

How about  visiting  the  neighborhoods  that tourists rarely , if all visit?

Put U Street ,  Adams-Morgan, Anacostia ,  or the Eastern  Market on your list of neighborhoods  to visit . 

If you  happen  to  come into town by Greyhound , Megabus  or Amtrak  train ,  check out the newly renovated  Union  Station ,  one of  the  largest  terminals in the country . 

You could  get yourself  a day pass when you  take the Washington  Metro.

By the way ,  don’t  call it the subway, it’s the Washington  Metro  and you’ll  be  surprised  how clean it is.

Better yet ,  do what the good citizens  of DC do.

Get yourself  a reloadable Smart Card and get ready to  see as many monuments ,  memorials ,  and museums  as you can.

Just remember  to  hold onto your Smart Card because you’ll  need it not only to enter the train station ,  but to exit it as well . 

Don’t  think  you can see all these attractions  in  one trip to DC.

You can’t ,  so don’t  even  think  about  it . 

Get yourself  a  guidebook  before you arrive and make a list of  attractions  that you really  want  to  see . 

Check if you need timed tickets ,  which are free in some cases, but because some of  the museums  get very crowded, they give you a time that’s  best to visit . 

What should  you see if you don’t  have  that much time?

I  would  suggest  not only the ones that are on the National  Mall  like the Washington  Monument ,  Vietnam  Wall or Lincoln  Monument ,  visit some of the  museums that are part of the Smithsonian . 

Their motto is, “So many museums ,  so little  time . ”

The  National  Zoo  is part of  the  Smithsonian ,  but if you’re  only in town for a day or two ,  the Zoo might  be  out of  the  question . 

No matter  what  you  decide  to  do, enjoy  your stay in Washington  DC ,  whether  you’re  going  to  watch  a sporting  event  or if you’re  going  to  learn  a little  or a lot about United States  history . 

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START SPREADING THE NEWS – NEW YORK CITY , NEW YORK A WALK DOWN FIFTH AVENUE FROM 104TH STREET TO 60TH STREET IN PICTURES .

FB_IMG_1502534522343FB_IMG_1502535524898It was a fairly nice day  recently  in the  city ,  so I  decided  to  do what any outer boroughs  girl would do.

I went on my own  30  Plus  Teams  Tour  in my own city. I took the train to 104th  Street  and then walked back to the  train. Stopping  along the  way of course.

Here’s  some  of  what I  saw. Enjoy!FB_IMG_1502535806467FB_IMG_1502535854920FB_IMG_1502535909745FB_IMG_1502535980094FB_IMG_1502536075291FB_IMG_1502536178671FB_IMG_1502536245284FB_IMG_1502536386178FB_IMG_1502536477630

LEARNING THE ALPHABET 30 PLUS TEAMS TOUR STYLE

Remember  when  you  were  in elementary  school  and learned  all  about  Reading ,  Writing ,  and Arithmetic ?

You also  learned  to  recite  those  ABC ‘ S ,  no matter  what country  you were in or what language  you spoke .

It was all about  the  alphabet .

If you  were in the  United  States ,  you probably  learned it like this, “A is for  Apple ,  B is for Boy, C is  for  Cat, you get  the  picture    .

 Just for fun we’re   going  to  recite  the  alphabet  in a different  way.

I  like  to  call  this learning  your alphabet  30 Plus  Teams  Tour  Style .

Are you  ready ?

A  is for:

Anaheim

Atlanta

Amtrak – this is  the  national train carrier  in the  United  States

Atlantic  City

Alamo

Arlington – It’s  a  city in  Texas and Virginia .  You might be  visiting  both of  them

“All  I Do  Is  Win  ”  –  Song by rapper  DJ Khaled .  You’ll  definitely  be hearing  this  song a lot if your 30  Plus  Teams  Tour  brings  you  to  Boston  and you go to  a  New England  Patriots  football  game .

B  is for:

Baltimore

Brooklyn

Boston

Beverly  Hills

Blog

C  is for:

California

Canada

Calgary

Central  Park

Cape  Cod

Camden  Yards

Charlotte

Cleveland

Chicago

Columbus

Cambridge  –   Massachusetts ,  home of  Harvard  University

Chinatown  –    No  matter  what  city  your  own  30  Plus  Teams  Tour  brings  you  to ,  there’s  going to  be  a Chinatown  somewhere .

D is for  :

Dallas

Detroit

Denver

Disneyland  and Disney World

E is for  :

Edmonton

Ellis  Island

Eating  – Trust  me ,  you’re  going  to  be doing  LOTS  of  this .

F is for:

Facebook

Florida

Fenway   Park

Fort Worth

Fort  Lauderdale

Fort  McHenry

Fanueil  Hall  – While  you’re  visiting  this Boston  landmark ,  say hi to  that humongous   statue  of  Samuel  Adams  that’s  right  in front  of  the  building .

G is for:

Grand  Canyon

Graceland

Green  Bay

Greyhound

Golden  Gate  Bridge

God- The reason  that I’m  able  to  do  a 30  Plus  Teams  Tour  .

H is for  :

Houston

Harvard

Hollywood

Hopkinton  –   The  city  where  the  Boston  Marathon  begins .

I  is for  :

Ice Cream

Independence  Hall

Indianapolis

Instagram

J   is for  :

JFK  – The airport  and  the  late president

Jack  Daniels  – My adult  beverage  of  choice

K  is for  :

Key West

Kansas  City  –  Doesn’t  matter  if  it’s  Kansas  City ,  Kansas  or  Kansas  City ,  Missouri ,  visit  either  one  of  these  cities  and have  some  great  barbecue .

L  is  for  :

Little  Italy  –   Every  city  that  you  may  visit  has  a  Little  Italy .

Las  Vegas

Los  Angeles

Liberty  Bell

M   is  for  :

Montreal

Memphis

Milwaukee

Minneapolis

Miami

Martha’s  Vineyard

Madison  Square  Garden  –  While  you’re  in  New  York  City ,  you  have  to  take  in  a  game  or  a  concert  at  the  place  that  calls  itself ,  “The  World’s  Most  Famous  Arena  ” .

Manchester  –  New  Hampshire ,  not  England .  You can  do  a  day  trip  here  from  Boston .

Metro  –  It’s  the  subway  system  in Washington  DC .  Just  don’t  call  it  the subway  while  you’re  in  town .

Mexico  –  Don’t  laugh .  You can make  a  day  trip  here  if you  happen  to  be  in  San  Diego .  A trolley  will  get  you  there .  Just  remember  to  bring  that  passport .

N  is  for  :

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New  York  City

New  Orleans

Newark  Liberty  Airport

Niagara  Falls  –  It  doesn’t  matter  if  you’re  visiting  the  American  or  the  Canadian  side, you can do a day  trip  from  either  Buffalo  or Toronto .

O  is  for  :

Ottawa

Oklahoma  City

Oakland

O’Hare  Airport

P  is  for  :

Philadelphia

Pentagon

Phoenix

Pittsburgh

Providence

Pennsylvania  Station  –  The  train  station  in New  York  City ,  Baltimore  and  Pittsburgh

Primanti  Brothers  –  You  have  to  go to this  restaurant  while  you’re  in  Pittsburgh  and  have  one  of  these  sandwiches .  RIGHTEOUS !

Q is  for  :

Queens

Quebec  City

R is  for  :

Richmond  -Take  a day  trip  from  Washington  DC  to Virginia ‘ s capital .

Raleigh

Riverwalk   -Another  place  to  visit  while  you’re  in  San  Antonio .

Redskins  – You  might  have trouble  saying  the  name ,  but if you’re  going to Washington   DC ,  this is  the  name  of  the  football  team  that  you’re  going  to  see .

S is  for  :

Salt Lake  City

Staten  Island

St.Louis

Seattle

San Francisco

Sacramento

San Jose

South  Street  Seaport

Statue  of  Liberty

San Diego

San Antonio

Smithsonian  -So many  museums  in DC ,  so little  time  to  see  them  all.

Subway  -You really  haven’t  done  a real  30  Plus  Teams  Tour  of  New  York  City  if you  haven’t  rode  the   subway  at least  once .

Sports- The  real reason   why  you’re  doing  a 30  Plus  Teams  Tour  in the  first  place .

T is  for  :

Twitter

Toronto

Tex-Mex-Gotta have  some  of  this  food  while  you’re  in  San  Antonio .

“The T”-  The subway  system in   Boston  and  Pittsburgh .

U is for  :

United  States

V is for   :

Virginia

Vancouver

Victory- What you  hope  your team  has  on your  30  Plus  Teams  Tour .

W is  for  :

Wrigley  Field

White  House

Washington DC

Williamsburg  -It’s  the  neighborhood  in Brooklyn  or the city  in Virginia .  Be sure  to  visit  both  of  them .

X is for  :

Sorry ,  I  got nothing .  No, really   I   GOT NOTHING ! !

Y is for   :

Yankees

Z is for  :

Zoo- You have to  visit  at least  one of  these  even if  you’re  traveling  by yourself.

 

There you have  the  alphabet ,  30 Plus  Dreams  Tour  style.

Hope you  had  a  little  bit  of  fun  learning  your  alphabet  all over  again .

What about  your  own alphabet travel  style ?

Drop me   a  line in the  comments  section  and tell  me  all about   it.

I  might  use them in another  A-Z post .  Thanks  for  reading .

 

 

 

SOME THINGS THAT I LOVE

I’m sure  that  I’m  going  to  leave  out  something  , but these are  some  of  the  things  that  I  really  love.

 

Lipstick

Handbags  – No, they don’t  have  to  be  name brands .  I  LOVE HANDBAGS !

Jewelry  – Especially  rings, bracelets  and  necklaces .

Nail Polish

Shoes

Boston

Travel  Guides  –   No matter  where  it is

Dancing  – I’m  not really  great  at it ,  but who cares ?

New York  style  Cheesecake

Ginger Ale

New  Years  Eve  and New  Years  Day

Snowy  Days

Coffee  – No ,  definitely  not Starbucks .  Try 7-Eleven ,  Dunkin  Donuts  or even  Tim  Hortons

Lotion

Comfy   heavy  sweaters

Scented  Soap

Scented  Candles

Kuala  Lumpur ,  Malaysia

My stuffed  animals  – who you just know  are named for athletes ,  except  one. Her name  is  Posh  Spice

Fashion  magazines

Going on  a bus ride  no matter  what  city  I’m  in

A Primanti  Brothers  sandwich  while  I’m  in  Pittsburgh  –  RIGHTEOUS ! !

Going  to  or watching  a sporting  event

Going  for  a  walk  in  the  city ,  no matter  what  city  it is

New England  Clam Chowder

Tacos

Ice Cream

Watching  Travel  Shows  on t.v.

Watching  cooking  shows  on t.v.

Thai Food

Jamaican  Food

Vietnamese  Food, especially  Pho  Soup

Malaysian  Food

Jack Daniels  and  Fireball  Whiskey  – Yeah, I  like  my adult  beverages

Watching  the  ESPN  TV  series ,  “30  For  30  ”

Opening  ceremony  of the  Summer  and  Winter  Olympics , especially  when the countries  make their  entrance  into  the  stadium

Sleeping

Toronto

Going  to  a new place and getting  souvenirs ,  whether  it  be  postcards ,  shot glasses ,  tshirts, magnets ,  key chains  or a bag  with the  city’s  name  on it .

Flying  in  an airplane

Seeing  different  airports  Barbecue  Potato  Chips

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Watching  some reality  shows  – my two guilty  pleasures  are Love and Hip Hop  -Atlanta  and Basketball  Wives

Listening  to  a  song  by either   Hall and  Oates ,  Kenny  G ,  Sade ,  Drake ,  Justin  Timberlake ,  Maroon  5 ,  Chicago  or Flo-Rida .

Museums

Blogging   (naturally  )

Thanking  God  for being  able  to  go on  a 30  Plus  Teams  Tour

 

I gave  you  my  things that I  love. What  about you?

What’s some  of  the  things  that  you love?

Let me  know  in the  comments  section .