Twin Oaks, the zoo, and Arlington National Cemetery

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Signing the guest book at Twin Oaks
The reunion took us to Twin Oaks, a house owned by the Republic of China (Taiwan) government in the upscale ambassador neighborhood of Washington DC. The we stopped by the zoo 5 minutes away to see the pandas (good that the zoo did not charge admission, since we were there for only about 30 minutes!) We did see several pandas, they were out and about probably because the weather was overcast and rainy at times. We were told by the local alumni that we were very luck to see the pandas outside eating, instead of sleeping!

After lunch, I went back to the hotel and said goodbye to the reunion. My husband and I had to do a little sight-seeing of our own. So we went to the National Cathedral (since I was reading the newest Dan Brown book "Lost Symbol", which took place in DC and had some scenes in the National Cathedral, but I didn't find the Darth Vadar in the stained glass windows, there were just too many windows!) and then the Arlington National Cemetery since I always wanted to visit it and never had before.
Stairway at Twin Oaks
We walked to visit JFK's grave, Robert Kennedy's was nearby, and the newest addition was Edward Kennedy! They do have some prime real estate in the cemetery, and I am sure these were probably the most visited sites there. We also saw the memorial to the shuttle crew. And we just happened to catch the changing of the guards at the tomb of the unknown soldiers.

In the evening, we drove out to Potomac to visit the home of one of my friends (and classmate from junior high, and high school) Isabel, with a few other friends, and we had dinner at a Chinese restaurant nearby.
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Signing the guest book at Twin Oaks
Signing the guest book at Twin Oaks
Stairway at Twin Oaks
Stairway at Twin Oaks
Corner of formal reception room at…
Corner of formal reception room a…
Another beautiful room at Twin Oaks
Another beautiful room at Twin Oaks
Interior, Twin Oaks
Interior, Twin Oaks
National Cathedral is visible from…
National Cathedral is visible fro…
Group picture at Twin Oaks
Group picture at Twin Oaks
Side of Twin Oaks
Side of Twin Oaks
Visiting the Zoo
Visiting the Zoo
Here is a sleeping panda
Here is a sleeping panda
Here is a panda enjoying bamboo
Here is a panda enjoying bamboo
A red panda on a tree
A red panda on a tree
Good view of another panda, perhap…
Good view of another panda, perha…
still eating
still eating
panda eating bamboo
panda eating bamboo
National Cathedral entrance
National Cathedral entrance
National Cathedral, blue skies did…
National Cathedral, blue skies di…
National Cathedral
National Cathedral
sculpture over the entry of Nation…
sculpture over the entry of Natio…
sculpture of moon over the right e…
sculpture of moon over the right …
sculpture of sun over the left ent…
sculpture of sun over the left en…
one of the many stained glass wind…
one of the many stained glass win…
A choral practice at National Cath…
A choral practice at National Cat…
the stained glass of a side chapel
the stained glass of a side chapel
benches of the choir
benches of the choir
a tapestry showing the state seals
a tapestry showing the state seals
Arlington national cemetery
Arlington national cemetery
Arlington national cemetery
Arlington national cemetery
at JFKs grave site
at JFK's grave site
JFKs, with Jackie O and two of hi…
JFK's, with Jackie O and two of h…
eternal flame at JFKs grave site
eternal flame at JFK's grave site
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These graves were to the right of…
Engraved speech at JFKs grave sit…
Engraved speech at JFK's grave si…
Robert F Kennedys grave is near J…
Robert F Kennedy's grave is near …
The sun came out for a few seconds…
The sun came out for a few second…
the pool across from Robert Kenned…
the pool across from Robert Kenne…
The newest Kennedy grave only a mo…
The newest Kennedy grave only a m…
more graves at Arlington
more graves at Arlington
Memorial to the Space Shuttle Colu…
Memorial to the Space Shuttle Col…
Memorials for the Space Shuttle Ch…
Memorials for the Space Shuttle C…
2nd from the right is the tombston…
2nd from the right is the tombsto…
Amphitheatre  at Arlington Nationa…
Amphitheatre at Arlington Nation…
Amphitheatre  at Arlington Nationa…
Amphitheatre at Arlington Nation…
Amphitheatre  at Arlington Nationa…
Amphitheatre at Arlington Nation…
Amphitheatre  at Arlington Nationa…
Amphitheatre at Arlington Nation…
Honor guard at the Tomb of Unknown…
Honor guard at the Tomb of Unknow…
Honor guard at the Tomb of Unknown…
Honor guard at the Tomb of Unknow…
Wall mural showing famous resident…
Wall mural showing famous residen…
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