NewYork State Capitol

I heard a lot about the New York State Capitol building that I decided to go for a day. I took Amtrak and the journey lasted for about 2.5-3 hours. I experienced few breathtaking views during the entire journey.
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View from the moving Train !
The Albany State Capitol is stunningly beautiful inside and these pictures will not do it justice. It took over 32 years to construct and today it sits incomplete.  This building was completed in 1899 at a cost of US$25 million (equivalent to $735 million in 2017), making it the most expensive government building of its time.
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Capitol Entrance !
 There are free Capitol tours starting from 9am in the morning lasting till 5pm in the evening. The guide was patient enough to explain every detail and friendly enough to let us take as many pictures as we wanted. I was amazed to see the old elevator still working just fine even after a fire disaster which destroyed the entire building calling for a renovation..
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We walked through the beautiful corridors.
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“Nestled within the labyrinth of stone that is the NY State Capitol lies  the Senate chamber, proclaimed the “most beautiful room in America”. Visitors are allowed only into the senate chamber but not allowed downstairs where the actual sessions take place.
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This chamber that has been designed by Henry H. Richardson is a haven of beauty and elegance. Mr. Richardson designed the room in Romanesque style which was developed in Italy and Western Europe. His plans included carved Oak for the 50 foot high ceiling, pale grey stone for the two huge decorative fireplaces at the rear chamber, golden Mexican Onyx, Yellow Siena marble from Italy, red-brown granite Scotland, red leather from Spain, Mahogany from Caribbean, pink Knoxville marble and 23-kt leaf covering the walls of the arcade. 
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Here comes the million dollar staircase. This Great Western Staircase, also known as the Million Dollar Staircase, took an unheard of 14 years to construct, from 1883-1897 costing, more than one million dollars.
It is made of sandstone imported from Scotland. The massive staircase is most notably known for the intricate carvings that decorate the stairs. There are many number of faces carved on the staircase. 77 of which are faces of famous individuals, and the rest are referred to as the ‘Capitol’s Unknowns’, as they remain unidentified. There are over 1000 unidentified faces.

 

 

Heading towards the less fancy Lower house.
The walls have beautiful patterns painted and the yellow paint is 23-kt gold.

 

 

Finally, the Governor’s War Room has wonderful ceiling paintings depicting the various wars and battles of New York’s history and Lady Liberty in the center of the ceiling.

 

 

Dayton

Dayton is the sixth-largest city in the state of Ohio. I visited Dayton when I was doing my masters in Ohio. It is three hours from Cincinnati. The best way to commute in The United States is no doubt renting a car. I rented a car from enterprise and started in the morning to The National Museum of the United States Air Force. The museum’s collection contains many rare aircraft of historical or technological importance. I visited once with my friends, fell in love with museum and took my dad the second time.

National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

Bockscar, sometimes called Bock’s car, is the name of the United States Army Air Forces B-29 bomber that dropped a Fat Man nuclear weapon over Japanese city of Nagasaki during World War 2 in the second and last nuclear attack in history.

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Don’t forget to pay a visit to the Wright Cycle Co which is 8 miles away from the museum. It was built in 1886, this Victorian building once housed the Wright brothers’ bicycle business.

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We got food from a Chinese carry out had our lunch at Five Rivers MetroParks lake which is close to the museum.

 

After lunch we headed to the America’s Packard museum which is less than 2 miles from the lake. America’s Packard Museum is an automotive museum located in Dayton, Ohio.

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One Day Food – DC

Be it fine dine or street food, I love trying different cuisines. I keep forgetting the places, I have been to and hence decided to start writing about the food getaways.

  1. Breakfast: Since I have been in Washington for the cherry blossoms I have decided to start the day with donuts that have cherry blossoms on them. Astro donuts have specialised donuts just for the cherry blossom festival. I din’t get a chance to get those donuts but I heard that its an amazing place and I am sure you can find hell lot of pictures on their Instagram page. Astro donuts
  2. Lunch: When I am on a vacation for a day or two, I like fine dining. For lunch I choose a Lebanese cuisine with name Lebanese Taverna. I loved this cuisine when I first tried in Dubai. This is a big restaurant in Tysons Galleria, a shopping mall in Virginia. Lebanese taverna

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The kabobs are very tasty from this place. My favourite part in any Lebanese restaurant are the kabob platters. None of my friends eat red meat and they are not fans of sea food, so we went ahead and ordered chicken kabobs. I did not intend to post them on my blog so I don’t have good pictures from the food places.

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We also ordered one Taverna platter, Taste of Lebanon. It was a choice of many meats and we choose chicken shawarma which came with hummus, fattoush and Lebanese rice.  I am not a great fan of hummus, but the rest of my friends really loved the chef created hummus from Lebanese Taverna. The Chicken samosas and shawarma sliders were not very different from the regular ones. 

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Finally, who doesn’t want a sweet ending? I loveeeeeeee desserts. I ordered Halawet Jibne and Traditional Baklawa. I am not a great fan of Baklawa but this is super good. Halawet Jibne is a sweet cheese crepe and so far the best cheese dessert I have had.

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       3. Dinner: There is this fancy place called Iron gate Inn which first welcomed patrons in 1922. It has nice ambience and good food. Iron Gate

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Good news for Selfie lovers, there is a Photo Booth in the patio.

 

 

I ordered smoked Deviled eggs, Acquerello rissotto, Winter squash lasagna, and Chicken Youvarlakia. I loved the smoked Deviled Eggs of all the items. I was too full to eat a dessert so I skipped dessert.

 

     4. Cherry Blossom Pub: This is by far the best pub I have been in any of the countries with the best cocktail I have ever tasted. I tried three different cocktails and Cherry Blossom G&T is the best. It came with an orchid flower which happens to be my favourite flower. The whole place has been decorated with cherry blossoms as the name suggests. CherryBlossom Pub

 

 

Cherry Blossoms in DC

The Cherry blossom trees are without a doubt the stars of springtime in Washington, DC. This is my third time in Washington and this time I visited only to witness the pinks showers. More than a century after Washington D.C.’s famous cherry blossom trees were first planted, the annual springtime blooming has become a favorite point in the capital calendar. It’s not a secret that the trees were a 1912 gift from Japan to the U.S. in honor of cooperation between the two nations. Visit the District during this time and you will find yourself drowned in shades of pink. I loved taking pictures of the blossoms from every perspective possible. Cherry Blossom Festival

I have been following cherryblossomwatch on Instagram who have been continuously updating about the blossom predictions. Blossom watch

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Martin Luther King Jr Memorial

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