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    George Washington University

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Nov 10, 2008

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    Favorite thing: George Washington University was founded in 1821 on Meridian Hill, on the edge of Adams Morgan, a perfect nightlife area for a college campus. Unfortunately for today's students, in either 1873 or 1910 (depending on the source) the school moved to its present Foggy Bottom location just four blocks from the White House where there is virtually nothing but tall buildings and city streets.

    The main campus in downtown DC is just 43 acres, with some university land leased to the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. GW also owns 23 acres in DC's Foxhall area that was the Mount Vernon College for Women until 1999. GWU has about 9,700 full time students who, as of 2008, paid about $40,000 a year in tuition plus room and board.

    Former students of GWU include J. William Fulbright, Harry Reid, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, Colin Powell, General John Shalikashvili, Allen Dulles, John Foster Dulles, and J. Edgar Hoover. Notable faculty include Seyyed Hossein Nasr (founder and first president of the Imperial Iranian Academy of Philosophy and whose son Vali Nasr taught at the US Naval Postgraduate School and is rumored to have advised the Democratic presidential candidates in 20007-2008).

    The Midcampus Walk A bust of George Washington at Foggy Bottom

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    Air Force, Army & Navy bases along the Potomac

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Nov 8, 2008

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    Favorite thing: Fort McNair, Anacostia Naval Base, and Bolling AF Base are the three biggest military installations in the city limits of Washington DC, and they are all located side by side along the Potomac River just south east of the Mall. Also along the Potomac, just south of Bolling AFB is the US Naval Research Lab. A few other military facilities in the area are the Marine Barracks and the Washington Navy Yard.

    Fort Lesley J. McNair is the third oldest American military post still in use after West Point and Carlisle Barracks. The site was established by L'Enfant in his original plans for the city as a major defensive position. Today Fort McNair is home to the National Defense University, the National War College, the vice chief of staff of the army, and the commander-in-chief's guard.

    Naval Support Facility Anacostia opened in 1918 as a test base for naval sea planes. Today it is primarily a helicopter facility and is a prime operating location of Marine Helicopter Squadron ONE (HMX-1) in support of the President's "Marine One" transport. Anacostia is located just across the Anacostia River form Fort McNair.

    Bolling AF Base also opened in 1918 and was a flying base until 1962 when there was too much congestion between this site, Anacostia, and National Airport. Today Bolling is home to the Air Force District of Washington, The United States Air Force Honor Guard, The United States Air Force Band, and Defense Intelligence Analysis Center. It is located along the south side of Anacostia Naval Base.

    US Naval Research Laboratory is located at the southern end of Bolling AFB, it conducts a broad range of scientific research and advanced development for the Navy and Marines.

    As a result of the 2005 BRAC, Bolling AFB, Anacostia Naval Base, and the Naval Research Laboratory will combine to become Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling-Naval Research Laboratory, D.C. in the near future.

    Anacostia and Bolling Anacostia Fort McNair Fort McNair

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    Chinatown Neighborhood, Washington, DC

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Oct 29, 2008

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    Favorite thing: Washington, DC's Chinatown is located next to the Verizon Center about halfway between Union Station and the White House. The neighborhood is located along H and I Streets between 5th and 8th Streets, Northwest, and is served by the Gallery Place-Chinatown Metro station.

    The area was originally settled by German immigrants, and the house where John Wilkes Booth created the plan to assassinate Lincoln still stands in the heart of the neighborhood. The Chinese began to arrive in earnest in the 1930s. Many Chinese later left the area after the riots of 1968, and the area declined. In 1986 the 60 foot tall Friendship Archway was established and is claimed to be the the largest single-span archway of this type in the world. Unfortunately, the city continued to shrink when the Convention Center and MCI Center now Verizon Center) were built in the heart of the area.

    Today Chinatown has about 20 Chinese and other Asian restaurants, along with several national chains like Starbuck (that display signs in Chinese to preserve local flavor).

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    D.C.

    by Qeew Written Oct 8, 2008

    Favorite thing: The most fascinating thing about D.C. for me was being able to see the White House in person! Also Arlington Cemetary is very moving! The Smithsonians are great also! A great place to go visit, I want to return!

    Fondest memory: Everything!

    Just Impressive to see! I live in Texas, our Capitol is taller!! This picture was taken while on Jefferson Memorial Just awesome!! This monument is huge!!!
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    Areas Outside of DC

    by risse73 Updated Apr 11, 2008

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    Favorite thing: Montgomery County in Maryland is a fairly good area to stay in since it is generally close in proximity to DC. Bethesda/Chevy Chase areas are nice and more upscale areas to live/be in. Silver Spring has a more genuine and "grounded" appeal.

    Although Silver Spring may not be the BEST area to live in or visit, there are some good points, namely: easier navigation in the roads (there could be congestion though) compared to DC, diversity as to its residents, ethnic dining, the recent gentrification of downtown--which is good for people coming in, but unfortunately driving out old-time residents who may no longer be able to afford to live there as rental prices/real estate have dramatically soared, among others.

    Fondest memory: Hiking the trail from Bethesda to Silver Spring

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    Sundays at Meridian/Malcolm X Park

    by SoulFlower69 Written Sep 21, 2007

    Favorite thing: My favorite thing about Washington, DC was the "hands down" the drum circles at Malcolm X/Meridian Park every Sunday. I stayed in DC for 4 months and enjoyed the free museums. I loved the seafood. I also love the trees, the flowers, the parks. I came to DC when spring was peeking it's waking eye. I will not forget the beautiful bushes where the wind blew the petals into the street. You could ride down the street and it would be pink!

    Fondest memory: My fondest memories of DC had to be the "Marina". I loved it there. It was a place where you could just go and sit by the river and enjoy the peacefulness. You can get some of the best steamed crabs, corn on the cob and garlic toast in America.

    For the PEOPLE, Teach the Youth The Writing is on the WALL The Tree of Life, What FRUIT It Bears Got PROGRESSIVE THOUGHT? Good People, Good Muzak...Feel the VIBES
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    Where the world meets...

    by besbel Written Jul 27, 2007

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    Favorite thing: What I really love about this place is its multiculturalism. Due to the fact that Washington hosts a huge number of embassies and international organizations, it is very easy to find people from anywhere, as well as their foods and culture. Most embassies and consulates do a great job getting their nationals together or promoting spectacles with national groups or artists, who can be arranged to perform either in a private venue at the ambassador's house or in the Millenium Stage of the Kennedy Center.
    For example, you can easily find Mexican, Malayan, Indian, Thai and Ethiopian restaurants. You can also buy African, Asian and Latin American stuff in the stores. You can easily find books in Spanish or French in the bookstores, something that is not commonly seen in other large cities. You can even find directions in the metro station or in shops translated into Spanish, considering the huge Latin American population living and working there. An important number (including myself) came because we work at the Organization of American States or any of their related bodies, like the Inter American Development Bank.

    Fondest memory: The huge Latin American and Peruvian community I found in here.

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    West Potomac Park

    by jamiesno Updated Mar 24, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Stay tuned.

    The West Potomac Park is a U.S. national park in Washington, D.C., adjacent to the National Mall. It includes the parkland that extends south of the Reflecting Pool, from the Lincoln Memorial to the grounds of the Washington Monument. The park is the site of many national landmarks, including the Korean War Veterans Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, and the surrounding land on the shore of the Tidal Basin, an artificial inlet of the Potomac River created in the 19th century that links the Potomac with the northern end of the Washington Channel. The West Potomac Park is administered by the National Park Service.

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    POW MIA Flag

    by jamiesno Updated Mar 24, 2007

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    Favorite thing: In 1971, Mrs. Michael Hoff, an MIA wife and member of the National League of Families, recognized the need for a symbol of our POW/MIAs. Prompted by an article in the Jacksonville, Florida Times-Union, Mrs. Hoff contacted Norman Rivkees, Vice President of Annin & Company which had made a banner for the newest member of the United Nations, the People’s Republic of China, as a part of their policy to provide flags to all United Nations members states. Mrs. Hoff found Mr. Rivkees very sympathetic to the POW/MIA issue, and he, along with Annin’s advertising agency, designed a flag to represent our missing men. Following League approval, the flags were manufactured for distribution.

    I got this picture of the flag near the Veitnam War Memorial.

    Fondest memory: http://www.pow-miafamilies.org/

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    Walking and Jogging

    by jamiesno Updated Mar 2, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Jogging
    Everywhere I went in Washington there were people jogging. I noticed this I guess where I jog myself. If I lived in Washington I think I would have been doing lots of jogging as well. There are great sidewalks and views al throughout the city especially in the park and mall area. For me to see as many joggers as I did in February I can assume that in the warmer months it must be very busy.

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    Other Sites Not to Miss...

    by deecat Updated Feb 25, 2007

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    Favorite thing: "What the mind of man can conceive & believe, the mind of man can achieve." Napoleon Hill

    Here are the other sites I think you should not miss:

    1. National Air & Space Museum is the world's most visited museum. It offers 23 impressive galleries that showcase the history of aviation. Collections include the original Wright Brothers Flyer, Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis, space capsules, an authentic space station, an array of rockets, jet fighters, hot-air balloons, & an Air-Force One. Also see the Einstein Planetarium, the Langley Theater, & the hands-on astronomical observatory.
    6th St. & Independence Ave.,SW

    2. U.S. Botanic Garden is a refreshing oasis at the foot of Capitol Hill. Relax in this excellent conservatory with lush rainforest, palm trees, stream, an orchid display, & gardens.
    1st St. & Maryland Ave., SW

    3. National Archives is the repository for the three NW

    Fondest memory: 4. U.S. Grant Memorial is the largest sculptural grouping in DC and the 2nd largest equestraian statue in the world! It's immense: a bronze figure of President Ulysses S. Grant on his steed, Cincinnatus...a depiction of the Civil War hero as warrior rather than politician.
    1st St. between Maryland & Pennsylvania Avenues.

    5. If you love fountains as much as I do, you'll make a detour to see the Fountain of Neptune located on 1st Street between East Capitol St. & Independence Ave.
    It is a delightful turn-of-the-century fountain designed by Hinton Perry that has the sea god, Neptune, surrounded by a fantastical array of sea nymphs & aquatic creatures.

    National Air & Space Museum
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    Family

    by cjg1 Written Dec 31, 2006

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    Favorite thing: I come here oftern, although some would say not often enough, because I have family in the city. This year has been good to me and I have at least recently been here a couple of times in the past month.

    It is quite fun to be able to walk into shops and talk to people who know of what or whom I am speaking.

    I will always come back here and enjoy each trip I take to this town.

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    MONUMENTS

    by moiraistyx Updated Dec 12, 2006

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    Favorite thing: If there is one thing DC has a lot of, it is monuments. It seems like every corner you stop at there's a monument for something different. I lost track of all the monuments I saw and just ended up listing them as a travel logue. Anyway, if you want to take pictures of them all, bring lots of extra film or memory cards, whichever you use. All joking aside, there are some really beautiful monuments here, one just has to walk around to find them. See my travel logues for loads of photos of monuments.

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    STREET VENDORS

    by moiraistyx Written Jul 14, 2006

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    Favorite thing: You can't walk more than a block or two in the Northwest or Southwest sections of DC without running into a street vendor. Mostly they sell over priced drinks, snacks and ice cream, but some of them do sell souvenirs. I got lucky and found a vendor selling post cards at a cheap price. He even gave me a couple of post cards for free also he gave me a glass of ice water.

    Fondest memory: Walking down 17th Street with Talo and stopping at a vendor for an ice cream. It was about 95 degrees that day and that ice cream hit the spot.

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    THE EXORCIST STEPS

    by moiraistyx Written Jun 27, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Anyone who is a horror movie fan has seen The Exorcist. While I was here, Talo was nice enough to point out the stairs made famous by this movie in 1973. These 97 stone steps that lead from the top of Prospect Street down to M Street. Before they became know as The Exorcist Steps, they were known as the “Hitchcock Steps”.

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