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Default A330, A380, Snow & Ice - Washington, 'Capitol' of the World

The last meet of 2013, following the calendar, was decided to be in US, but what could have been a normal trip turns to be of thrills, suspense and pleasure.
Seeing various options ( LH/QA, etc) what suited most was the AF schedules. I need atleast 2 hours in transit and hence AF suited the best.
Against the general perception decided to take the AF, since I had friends from Eu joining in Paris. The carrier was a A330 and as usual preference was for the aisle seat.
The first lap of the journey was neutral no concerns as such. Temperature was manageable at 5 deg C.

After the ~9 1/2 hour flight, wandered a bit in the airport before taking the next lap. CDG at Paris seemed to have completed the new terminals (since last seen in 2012). The next terminal was taken through the rail link a 2 min ride. Security check for the US seemed more exhaustive, with removal of boots(not seen in internal Eu flights), etc.

Arriving at the designated gate, could see the Airbus A380 readying and in preliminary stages of readying for the flight.

A380
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The vigilant and tight security check at CDG for US flights (seemed so)
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Seating Layout - Lower Deck
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Stairway to Upper Deck
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Aisle - Upper Deck
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Seating Layout - Upper Deck
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Not much of noticable differences while travelling in the A380, but take off and landing seemed seamless when compared to the rest.
After a long haul of 6+ hours finally announcement is made on landing at Washington Dulles airport.

Then comes the next, a friend having landed there earlier informs the snowy conditions outside and interstate I 81/70 are unsafe to take due to icy conditions. Presence of mind had him book rooms ( after many attempts).

Immigration check is tedious ( especially after such long travel ) but patience is the only way out here. Nationals from mostly Middle East, African, Indian are notable.
Procedure of Biometric creening - right hand four fingers then the thumb, the procedure repeated on the left hand. Next the iris scan, a few questions on last visit, purpose , etc and then you document is stamped for entry. For some it takes a few minutes but many it does take more.

Immigration check
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Outside Washinghton Dulles Airport 8th Dec 7 pm @ - 4 deg C -Winter Storm Dion. Patches of 'black ice' making it unsafe for motorists
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Next few pics shows how bad it could get and hence decided to wait till next day for going to PA.
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Trickling water frozen to ice

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Havoc on road, never before have been stranded in US (maybe just lucky earlier).

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Hit the bed with the message of a drop to PA ( Chambersburg) if the weather is fine. Pick up arranged for at 7 am.

Woke up with news of roads being cleared up . No snow storm in the next few hours and expected to be taken to destination on time.

Breakfast at Sheraton( for that matter, in US) is not great when compared to those in EU. My colleagues (French) were not at all pleased.

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Sharp at 7am the taxi arrives and we hit the road in the Cadillac Escalade- America's acclaimed luxury SUV.

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Inside the Escalade.

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And the Road outside - interstate

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And the US highways
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Hotels in US are not great when compared to those in EU, anyways can't do much about that.
Preparation for Christmas in full swing.
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Breakfast in US, looks like coffee will do. All the rest was like snacks- muffins, waffles, a joke for the EU friends! Moreso it was a repeat for the next 5 days!!
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Looks exciting , especially when you could get a feel of this - the Monster trucks from Ford and Chevy.
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Between meet schedules, time during breaks were spent like this,

In a Japanse restaurant,
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And now in a typical American steakhouse,
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Premium Outlet in PA, good deals for shopping ,
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Weather plays havoc again (snowing)while driving to Washington, and at - 10 deg C!
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Embassy Suites centrally located in Washington DC was an ideal place @ $190 /day
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At Night ~ 11 pm, on the main Road
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And at 7 am, the traffic in full swing,
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Understanding the Tesla through a dealer visit Great looking and cleverly designed.

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With seeing the Capitol in mind, we (2 French+ 1 German+ 1 Indian) set forth by walk @ minus 2 deg C,

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Next set of pictures are from the scenes during the walk, at times lost but recovered soon!
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F.B.I building
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The Capitol comes in view,the U.S. Capitol Building, the meeting chambers for the Senate and the House of Representatives, is one of the most recognizable historic buildings in Washington, DC.

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Lake with a crust of ice,

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Tight securiry due to the Obamacare Act and Senate in session.

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Being a normal working day, the highly guared cars of the Senators

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On a very cold morning, a few visitors make it to the vistor centre

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In the Visitor centre

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National Hall of the U.S. Capitol-Congress invited each state to contribute two statues of prominent citizens for permanent display in this room

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The Crypt
The large circular area on the first floor of the U.S. Capitol Building is called the Crypt.

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Old Supreme Court Chamber

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The Capitol Rotunda
The U.S. Capitol Rotunda is a large, domed, circular room located 96 feet in diameter and 180 feet in height located in the center of the United States Capitol on the second floor.

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The Old senate Chamber

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Option of seeing the Session in progress

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Closer view of the Senator's car and robust security

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Leaving the Capitol, next was the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. This museum maintains the largest collection of historic air and spacecraft in the world. Posting the key pictures since too many of them are there.A must to see Museum, if in Washington DC.

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More on the National air and space Museum

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Moving away from the Air and Space Museum, visit to closeby memorials continue,

Washington Monument
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World war memorial -
The World War II Memorial honors the 16 million who served in the armed forces of the U.S., the more than 400,000 who died, and all who supported the war effort from US.

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Lincoln Memorial - a tribute to President Abraham Lincoln, who fought to preserve the nation during the Civil War,

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When in DC, who can miss the 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, The White House -the home of every US President except George Washington

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And final day was at The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City.
The Pentagon City mall has many options in the food sector as one entire level is devoted to the food court. Some of the restaurants at the mall are: California Pizza Kitchen, Potbelly, Ruby Tuesday, and Red Robin.

Macy's and Nordstrom are two of the anchor stores. Other stores include Circuit City Express, Banana Republic, Nine West, Victoria's Secret, Mac Cosmetics, Sephora, The Gap and Foot locker.

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Inside a Prius (Cab), not a good feedback from the cab driver, battery issues is the concern.

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Weather forecasts another snowstorm, a bit panic creeps in as can't imagine if the airport is declared closed!
Reach the airport well before time, caotic scene at the securiy and did not expect to see this here ,

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Airport layout is impressive, Gates are marked with flags of countries of destination

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Then the dreaded announcement comes from Air France, delay in take off but a bit relieved since the reason is due to the dealy in the incoming flight. Next thing is whether will miss the connecting flight in Paris.
Europe was and is experiencing a mild winter and US is still under snow and minus temperatures.

Seating Layout of the A380

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All's Well That Ends Well..almost since the flight was delayed but not so much as to miss the connecting flight, but what was missed was the baggage since the baggage system in Paris was malfunctioning.

Not a concern at all since it is on the return and happy to get back reflecting on the situation what has happened( snow, ice and more snow) later in US.

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