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Monday, 22 October 2012

Oct 20 On the Road Again

Today we traveled to Gettysburg, a 1¾ hr drive from Washington DC. Driving through the US country side on a fantastic fall (autumn) day was superb. The colours in the trees as we were driving along, contrasting with the bright green fields was simply stunning.

 After arriving and checking in we traveled through the insanely busy streets of the town to visit the Gettysburg visitors centre. Over one million people visit Gettysburg every year to see and learn about this important part of American history. After a briefing from our host we viewed a short film about the history of Gettysburg, then visited an amazing 360 degree canvas painting of the battle. Painted not long after the civil war had ended it provides a pretty accurate depiction of the battle. The painting itself weighs some nine tonnes, and after nearly being destroyed, has been recently painstakingly restored to it’s former glory.

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