Another tour season behind us…

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by Thomas Doyle

 

With the 2013-14 academic year behind us and our season neatly wrapped up now, I take a minute to reflect on the past trips – largely the weather patterns in this blog effort! For many years now I go online and check The Farmers Almanac – – and although I feel parts of the prediction can be vague and other parts overkill – – again this year I thought the prediction was (again) eerily right on target.

We enjoyed another temperate December and January in DC & NYC but then Old-Man-Winter roared through between February 10 and March 17. It almost seemed as though he was making up for lapsed-snow-days over the Holidays. But in the face of wintry-mixed-forecasts we didn’t skip a beat in touring. Our groups who were lucky enough to be there (before the Springtime crush of groups) got to see the fluffy white stuff and they were truly delighted. Continue reading

New Year Greetings

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by Thomas Doyle

New Year Greetings  – –
As I stop here, in a moment of quiet reflection on the past year, I am reminded again of the joys I receive in guiding student group trips.  It was truly another perfect season.  Students ask me time and again “how many times have you been here……Don’t you ever get bored?”  And my honest and heartfelt reply is always the same – – the sites are different to me every time because I am seeing the sites through another new group of young people’s eyes.  Heading into my 25th year as a licensed DC guide and tour operator – – the streets don’t change but seeing the sites always feels like a new experience.  (The hills and walkways of our National Cemetery are the only possible exception as they always seem to feel as though they are burning into my calves as I make my way up that final hill to pay respects at the Tombs of the Unknowns!).  Continue reading

DC in a few words… my third blog

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DC in a few words
by Thomas Doyle

10/28/13 – Monday…Monday…!  With your agenda continually under review here, there is really no room for the weary as we gear up for the Holidays (and the vacation days ahead)!  Our first DC bus trip departs Leon County on November 18th followed by more lucky students departing Marion County the on Nov. 22nd.  My goal all along has been to get them up there before the leaves all fall from the trees as the foliage continues to turn more and more colorful with each approaching day.  News from friends in DC are all taking about what a beautiful fall foliage 2013 is turning out to be. Continue reading

An Opportunity with The President

 

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by Thomas Doyle

10/11/13 – With my first blog completed, I was delighted to be invited to the Oval Office to chat with The President.  White House photographers were there and the event was really casual.  With the state of affairs as they are, the President was interrupted with a phone call during my visit.  The press chose that moment to snap a picture.  Having a direct line to the President’s office – – I was thrilled to take his call and fly up to talk about my first blog attempt w/him.  Nervous…not I…ecstatic, yes, but nervous, not in the least.  We talked at length about current Washington events and headline news – – and I graciously accepted all compliments he passed on to me (and my head hasn’t ballooned out like some who might have tripped over their own egos as they rang off w/The Man). TOM'S BLOG PHOTO 1K9A1733 fb copyOn Capitol Hill – – I will add this:  the U.S. Capitol dome is again in need of additional restoration.  Once funding is secured, the restoration is expected to begin this Fall and go through the next  Inaugural.  This is all part of an on-going multi-phased program.  This is a critical step for stopping the current level of deterioration in the dome’s cast iron as well as ensuring the protection of the interior of the dome and the Capitol rotunda.  The project will require the installation of a scaffold system surrounding the entire Dome, from the base of the Statue of Freedom down to the roof.  The scaffold will be covered with a white scrim.  Inside the rotunda, a white system of chain-like cords in the shape of a doughnut will be installed above the Frieze of American History to protect the public.  The doughnut configuration will allow the powerful Apotheosis of Washington (by C. Brumidi in 1865) to be seen during the restoration process.

DC in a few words…my first blog

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DC in a few words
by Thomas Doyle

With the bulk of the sales season still being ironed out I take a moment to get on line and touch base with all.  Many thanks to everyone who has sent a FB ‘friend’ acceptance on our new website.  We all beam with pride when y’all come forward as such!  For those of you who haven’t yet – – I’m not holding it against you (!) – – go to www.myedtours.com and give us that thumbs-up!! 

We are filling your files w/rsvs to match the agenda’s we have ‘under construction’ right now.  Since every site under a roof in DC now requires a timed entry reservation, getting on top of your needs and staying on top is even more critical than ever before.  The changes with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum system went into effect in April but they aren’t working as they’d planned so we’ve by-passed the new system and gone in the ol’ back door – – and so far – – it’s working!     Continue reading

2011-12 Student Travel Season Comes To Close

From the Road
by Tom Doyle

The 2011 – 12 Student Travel season has come to an end after a busy year on the road. This was just an amazing season with my many returning teachers as well as new schools. Together, we saw this wonderful country on trips to Washington, DC, New York City and even San Francisco, California.

For me, there is nothing more gratifying than to wind down a student educational tour travel season (this now being my 24th) with sophoto of educational tours tom doyle with teacher many fun memories of the great teachers and kids I’ve traveled with. It’s truly an honor and privilege to do this job. And fun. Did I mention fun. All of you who traveled with me this year know WE HAD A BLAST. I think everyone will agree there is no better learning experience than to tour the actual places where history occurred and continues to evolve.

I am already looking forward to the 2013 season as we get ready to gear up with students returning to school over the next few weeks. We have many trips already planned and some exciting new destination opportunities available. It’s also exciting to have our new website and this blog available for my teachers, chaperones and students. I will be doing occasional From the Road posts to share our travels. Hopefully, you may even see guest columns from some of the teachers and students on my tours.

Here’s to seeing you on my bus or plane in 2013.