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  • Other Tours / Museums / Memorials

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    When you visit the WWII Memorial you might come across some wonderful mementos of photographs, flowers, hats, and so many other things left behind in remembrance to those lost or those who have survived. The day we were there, a lovely photgraph of Jean and Abram Goldsworthy was left next to the Atlantic Pavilion. Located on the National Mall in...

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  • U.S. Capitol Building

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    While in the Capitol building, you must not stray from your tour group or you might, get lost and you might have to walk a long, long way to get a pass from your senator! The tour of the Capitol was free and there are other free tours/sites that help to make a visit to D.C. affordable. An example is the Smithsonian Institution which is the...

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  • Smithsonian Institute Museums / National...

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    One of the most Famous of the exhibits in the Smithsonian is the hall where the dresses of the First Ladies are exhibited. They go all the way from Martha Washington to Michele Obama. But the first one are not gowns worn at the inaugurations. They were assembled after the fact. These photos are of the inaugural gowns This is what the Smithsonian...

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  • Combined Suggestions

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    do all of the touristy things. The monuments and museums are all worth seeing. But do get out of the Mall area and see some of the neighborhoods. See a movie at the Uptown in Cleveland Park, have dinner at an Ethopian restaurant in the U Street neighborhood, go shopping in Georgetown, look for books at Dupont Circle, hit the farmers market at...

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  • The White House

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    a stroll along its avenues and streets We, a group of Russian and Ukrainian educators, were privileged to be invited for a guided tour of the White House during our stay in the American capital. We saw about 20 studies and rooms that are open to the public. I was really impressed how touchingly people take care of the historic interior of the...

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  • Korean War Veteran's Memorial

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    The Korean War Veterans Memorial commemorates US victims of the Korean War (1950 - 1953) between the United Nations forces and communist regime in North Korea which invided the South Korea. About 1.5 mln American people took a stand against what was deemed a threat to democratic nations worldwide. There is a triangle meadow with very realistic...

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  • The National Mall

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    The very popular in the USA word "mall" usually goes with "shopping". The mall alone means large space, broad street for pedestrians in an US town. The National Mall is an open-area public park in downtown Washington, D.C. which formally stretches from the grounds of the Washington Monument to the United States Capitol directly to the east. However...

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  • Jefferson Memorial / Tidal Basin

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    If you want to be able to move around at all, do NOT go to see the Cherry Blossoms on the Last Saturday of Peak Bloom. "When is peak bloom" you may ask. You can find this out every year on a great web site. It is called www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org On Friday, before the parade, during the day it was lovely and quiet around the basin....

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  • Vietnam Veterans Memorial

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    The Vietnam Veterans Memorial, dedicated in November 1982, commemorates American military personnel during one of this nation's least popular wars, I guess. The V-shaped memorial consists of a few parts: - the two black granite walls inscribed with countless names of US victims (58,000) killed or missing in action during the war - the three...

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  • Arlington National Cemetery / House

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    "...our bodies are only wilted leaves on the tree of life." Albert Einstein After visiting Arlington National Cemetery, I think the simplicity is what makes it so powerful. To see 260,000 unadorned white tombstones arranged in regular grids over 612 acres of rolling grounds is an "eye opener" to the human cost of war! Sadly, these graves account...

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  • The National Gallery of Art

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    The National Gallery of Art consists of the three parts located north of the Mall, along Constitution Ave, from the east: - East Building - West Building - Sculpture Garden Each part has seperate entrances, all are free for visitors. I am not a dedicated fan of paintings and even more old paintings but my wife, Urszula is. Her passion to both old...

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  • Parks /Squares / Gardens

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    E = M C square; a formaula that popped up at the end of a blackboard loaded with all kind of formula's and algorythms. In fact Albert Einstein started quantum mechanics in full swing with his new inside into how space is formed. His statue is located at the Northern walkway of the mall.

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  • Lincoln Memorial

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    So, even though we had just been shooting the Lincoln Monument the night before thanks to the city's determination to very powerfully light up all their key structures, we got up at dawn and caught the Metro back into The Mall area from our Rosslyn area motel. The air was cold on our faces as we raced from the Metro stop to the Monument, fearing...

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  • Personal Moments

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    There are lots of very powerful people in Washington, so some people dress for success. Now most tourists put comfort first, but this guy, he was cool! He was going into some of the museums and sites all dressed up. Gotta love it!

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  • Washington Monument

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    We had a good time at Washington DC. Top view from Washington Monument was really nice. Strollers can be parked outside the monument. Although our trip to climb up the Washington Monument was at 11:30am., we went late and the securities were kind enough to all us inside. This may not be the case always. Zoo was good, but it is very crowded. They...

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  • Seasons

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    If you have the opportunity to visit during the holidays, do so. You'll be there on the rare occassion where most locals are away from DC, and very few visitors are here. The holidays are a special time to enjoy this city especially while strolling on a crisp winter day. The holiday decorations are so nice, check out the Christmas trees (each...

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  • Information / Sources

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    While walking around the mall area you will find Information kiosks strategically located. They can answer a variety of questions for you, but they also have detailed maps of the mall area to help you plan out your touring. And they're free!

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  • GEORGETOWN / Upper Northwest

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    Georgetown University was founded in 1789 and is America's oldest Roman Catholic University. It is said that during the Civil War, Georgetown students and instructors joined the Union Army while nearby George Washington University students and faculty joined the Confederacy. No wonder I like Georgetown better... not to mention my namesake...

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  • Residential Areas

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    The U Street / Shaw neighborhood was named after Civil War hero Robert Gould Shaw, who commanded one of the first all black units. This neighborhood was the birthplace of jazz great Duke Ellington and has long been a center of African American culture. Both Ella Fitzgerald and Dizzy Gillespie played in this neighborhood in the 1920s and 1930s....

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  • Washington National Cathedral

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    - walking along its nice and clean streets; - admiring its huge and impressive monuments; - dining at "Childe Harold" restaurants; - visiting its numerous museums; - paying a visit to the ghistorical part of the White House; - staying at "Governor's House" hotel, etc. My friend Dorothy took us to Washington National Cathedral that is also called...

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  • U. S. Holocaust Museum

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    I would recommend the United States Holocaust National Museum for all including those travelers who, just like me, prefer to entertain than reflect over the past and future while on holiday. For children there is a seperate exposition named "Remember the Children". Waiting maybe 30 min. to get a daily pass to the Pernament Exhibition I got to know...

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  • DUPONT CIRCLE / EMBASSY ROW

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    An inscription on a wall next to the statue says: ...OUR SOUL SHALL NEVER PERISH, FREEDOM KNOWS NO DYING AND THE GREEDY CANNOT HARVEST FIELDS WHERE SEAS ARE LYING, CANNOT BIND THE LIVING SPIRIT NOR THE LIVING WORD CANNOT SMIRCH THE SACRED GLORY OF TH'ALMIGHT LORD. TARAS SHEVCHENKO 'THE CAUCASUS.' 1845 The inscription at the base of the statue...

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  • Architecture / Historic Buildings

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    The World Bank and the IMF are known as the "Bretton Woods Institutions" after the New Hampshire town where they were founded in July 1944. Both count almost all nations as members, and the members, in a sense, own them and direct operations. Both organizations have hundreds of billions of dollars at their disposal to help strengthen their member...

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  • U.S. Supreme Court

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    The Supreme Court of the United States was housed in the Capitol from 1800 until 1935, when the Supreme Court Building opened. The large square in front of the court must work good to all those papparazi who catch their victims going downstairs the famous steps we to watch them in TV news then. However since they have set up back exits the steps...

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  • ADAMS MORGAN

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    Adams Morgan is a diverse community of cool cafes, loud bars, late-nite diners, and unique houses all jumbled together like a third-world Manhattan (or maybe a first-world Bangkok!). During the day, the Adams Morgan area is full of quaint, narrow streets, people walking dogs, and busy cafes. After dark this area is packed full of people drinking...

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  • Harbor / Waterfront / Canal / Marina

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    The Potomac River runs 383 miles from the West Virginia-Maryland border to the Chesapeake Bay south of Washington DC. Some of the major cities along the river include Harper's Ferry, WV, Washington, DC, Arlington, VA, and Alexandria, VA. The river forms part of the borders between Maryland and Washington, D.C. to the north and West Virginia and...

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  • Smithsonian Institute Castle

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    When you visit the Smithsonian Castle, take a few minutes to stroll in the lovely gardens that surround it. The front garden is quite nice, but I was surprised to see such charming little lanes located to the side of the castle. It was a pleasant moment of relaxation after we'd spent a long time looking at architecture and museum exhibits....

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  • Library of Congress

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    The Library of Congress occupies three large buildings on the Capitol Hill: 1. the Thomas Jefferson Building (1897) which is the original separate Library of Congress building (the library operated in US Capitol building from the begining in 1800) 2. the John Adams Building (1938) 3. the James Madison Memorial Building (1981). It's the world's...

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  • Metro, City Plans / Driving

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    To me this is the best way to get around DC. Find some safe parking and get onto the Metro station. On weekend most parking garages are free to the public, so a weekend is the best to travel and sightsee. I just kept buying a all day pass which was $9.00 If your confused on the stops, just concetrate for the direction your going on and look for...

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  • The Pentagon

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    As you cross the Potomac River, you are actually in Virginia. On that side of the river, the Old Town Trolley tour takes you only to the Arlington Cemetery, but if you get on one of the night tours, the driver can choose a different route to also enable you to have a glimpse of the Pentagon. Our driver was quite daring, she chose a route that was...

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  • Union Station

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    The decades preceding the 1901 Commission's plan to reinstate L'Enfant's ideas for Washington was carried out, the Pennsylvania railroad had its station at the base of Capitol Hill, its tracks cutting across the Mall. Daniel Burnham, used his influence with the railroad's president, Alexander Cassatt, and convinced him to move his station, as a...

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  • Ford's Theatre

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    Oops! Not a very good photo... Anyhow, you're supposed to see the events happening at Ford's Theater (as chronicled below in the pic) that led to President Abraham Lincoln's assassination on the fateful night of April 14, 1865.

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  • The Old Post Office Building

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    The Pavillion, not only houses federal offices but also private businessess. It is a popular place for shopping and entertainment. It has a food court so a good choice to "do lunch" at one of several restaurants. The impressive style is Richardsonian Romanesque architecture and it is the largest commercial building in Washington, D.C. There are...

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  • Old Executive Office Building

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    This French-Second Empire style building was originally called the "State, War, and Navy Building." It later became the Executive Offices and was nearly destroyed in 1957. In 1981 they began restoration and expansion. When I was here it was called the Old Executive Offices and the Vice Pesident no longer had an office here, his office had been...

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  • Adams Morgan Neighborhood, Washington,...

    Adams Morgan is a diverse community of cool cafes, loud bars, late-nite diners, and unique houses all jumbled together like a third-world Manhattan (or maybe a first-world Bangkok!). During the day, the Adams Morgan area is full of quaint, narrow streets, people walking dogs, and busy cafes. After dark this area is packed full of people drinking...

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  • Wedding/Engagement Photography

    If you need a photographer, I'd recommend local photog Eva Russo. She's a three-time Pulitzer prize nominee, and a great person. Her work speaks for itself. I'm not trying to advertise for her, but she photographed a friend's wedding and, as a photographer myself, I appreciated how flexible, friendly and professional she was. If you want to contact...

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  • First Ladies Inaugural Gowns

    One of the most Famous of the exhibits in the Smithsonian is the hall where the dresses of the First Ladies are exhibited. They go all the way from Martha Washington to Michele Obama. But the first one are not gowns worn at the inaugurations. They were assembled after the fact. These photos are of the inaugural gownsThis is what the Smithsonian...

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  • Night-time Visits

    We had a tour around D.C. at night when the monuments were lit up. The Lincoln Memorial was one of the nicest ones.

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  • Dress for success

    There are lots of very powerful people in Washington, so some people dress for success. Now most tourists put comfort first, but this guy, he was cool! He was going into some of the museums and sites all dressed up. Gotta love it!

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  • Pay a visit to Albert Einstein

    E = M C square; a formaula that popped up at the end of a blackboard loaded with all kind of formula's and algorythms. In fact Albert Einstein started quantum mechanics in full swing with his new inside into how space is formed.His statue is located at the Northern walkway of the mall.

    more
  • Momentos of the WWII

    When you visit the WWII Memorial you might come across some wonderful mementos of photographs, flowers, hats, and so many other things left behind in remembrance to those lost or those who have survived. The day we were there, a lovely photgraph of Jean and Abram Goldsworthy was left next to the Atlantic Pavilion.Located on the National Mall in...

    more
  • House of Prayer for All People

    - walking along its nice and clean streets;- admiring its huge and impressive monuments;- dining at "Childe Harold" restaurants;- visiting its numerous museums;- paying a visit to the ghistorical part of the White House;- staying at "Governor's House" hotel,etc. My friend Dorothy took us to Washington National Cathedral that is also called House...

    more
  • do all of the touristy things....

    do all of the touristy things. The monuments and museums are all worth seeing. But do get out of the Mall area and see some of the neighborhoods. See a movie at the Uptown in Cleveland Park, have dinner at an Ethopian restaurant in the U Street neighborhood, go shopping in Georgetown, look for books at Dupont Circle, hit the farmers market at...

    more
  • Free Tours

    While in the Capitol building, you must not stray from your tour group or you might, get lost and you might have to walk a long, long way to get a pass from your senator!The tour of the Capitol was free and there are other free tours/sites that help to make a visit to D.C. affordable. An example is the Smithsonian Institution which is the largest...

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  • Remember Your Pass!

    Make sure you obtain a pass before you try to enter the Senate or the House--unless, you are a foreign national, you only need to show a passport, or if you are in a tour group. The early tour group gets to both chambers and the other groups will only see one.Well, this was how it worked when I was there. Since 11 September 2001 most security...

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