CONGRATULATIONS TO ANN PEDRO OF WILLIMANTIC, WHO WON A TRIP TO WASHINGTON, D.C. FROM 14/WILI ON JANUARY 8-10, 2010!

 

Here's photos of Ann's trip, with captions by Ann:

 
The 20,600 seat Verizon Center--game day before UConn played Georgetown 

Union Station, where Ann's Amtrak Acela train arrived. Union Station opened to the public on October 27, 1907 as the largest train station in the world.  In fact, if you were to lay the Washington Monument on its side, it would fit withing the station's concourse.  It was built in a Beaux Arts style by architect Daniel Burnham.
 
The U. S. Capitol:  In 1855, the 9 million pound iron dome was designed, replacing a smaller one.  The House and Senate wings were added in 1857.  The 19 foot "Freedom" sculpture was placed atop the dome in 1863.  The modern Capitol is more than twice as large as the original building.
 
Washington National Cathedral at dusk:  The Cathedral is the 6th largest cathedral in the world, and the second largest in the U.S.   It took 83 years to build and was completed in 1990.  It has a 30-story central tower, 110 gargoyles, and 215 stained glass windows, including one that contains a piece of lunar rock presented by the astronauts of Apollo XI.  The Cathedral is mainly created out of Indiana limestone.
 
The National Archives.  The rotunda displays the country's most important original documents:  The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights (collectively known as the Charters of Freedom).  The Magna Carta of 1297, the founding document of English common law is also housed in the Archives.  It is one of only four known to exist and the only original version residing permanently in the U.S.  The neoclassical structure was designed in the 1930's by John Russell Pope.
 
A trip to Washington D. C.?  Sure you'd like to visit, but the trip?  Forget it, right?  Wrong!  No shuttle, no turnpike.  THE TRAIN!  Not just any train, Amtrak's Acela Express , where you can use your laptop or portable DVD in large, comfortable luxury and arrive in the center of town.  Good Company, 14/WILI and Amtrak are giving away tickets for two on Acela Express, New London to Washington, leaving Friday January 8th, 2010 and returning Sunday January 10th. 
 
 
Our winners spend the weekend at the elegant Melrose Hotel , located in Washington's West End, just two blocks from Georgetown on Pennsylvania Avenue, 8 blocks from The White House.  How elegant?  Five-star elegant--check it out at www.melrosehoteldc.com .  
 
 
And by the way, among the attractions to enjoy in our naton's capital, we'll also gave away a pair of tickets to the UConn-Georgetown men's basketball game on Saturday, January 9th.  
 
 
 
 
In the year 2000, the National Railroad Passenger Corporation, Amtrak, created new technology with their high-speed Acela service in the Northeast.  Acela is derived from the words "excellence" and "acceleration."  The high speed electric train is capable of speeds up to 150mph.  Amtrak plans to implement many new rail systems in its efforts to entice the American public back to rail travel as an efficient and effective mode of transportation.
 
To see some of our prior winners of this trip, click here.


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