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    Oldest unchanged house in Washington

    by albaaust Written Jan 8, 2014

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    If you are wandering around George Town especially on the main street it is a worthwhile half an hour to stop in at this house and get an appreciation of what life might have been like in the mid 18th century. It is a two story building and the rooms contain artefacts that are representive of the period.

    There is a small gift shop connected to the building on the first floor.

    One of the rooms The back of the Old Stone House
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    Poignant Memorials

    by albaaust Updated Jan 7, 2014

    The “big three” National Mall war memorials World War 11, Korean War and Vietnam Veterans are all very poignant for different reasons but worth reflecting on in terms of the huge losses of life and lasting legacies for the people who fought in them and their families. We started from the Lincoln Memorial and spent a good 2 hours criss crossing the mall to view each memorial.

    In order from the Lincoln Memorial:
    The Korean Memorial is quite visually stunning with its statues of soldiers in "white cloaks". It is ironic that it was only built in 1995 after the Vietnam Memorial– reinforcing the notion it was the “forgotten war”. The 19 statues represent a squad on patrol. Alongside the statues is a steel wall that contains images of soldiers during the Korean conflict. https://www.nationalmall.org/national-mall/explore-mall/monuments-memorials/korean-war-memorial

    Across on the other side of the mall is the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. At the beginning of the path to the memorial is the Three Serviceman statue representing the ideal that Americans of all races fought together. Its poignancy is the black granite wall that features the names of those 58,261 Vietnam Veterans who died or went missing. Further along is the Vietnam Women’s Memorial. https://www.nationalmall.org/national-mall/explore-mall/monuments-memorials/vietnam-veterans-memorial

    Further down the mall and opposite the Washington Monument is the World War 11 memorial. It is huge in scope and size and quite stark compared to the other two memorials. It is an elliptical shape (the size of a football field) and is surrounded by numerous pillars (representing the various US states and other territories belonging to the US) and sculptures depicting various ideals. There is also a wall of gold stars representing those Americans who lost their lives. At opposing ends representing the two theatres of war are an Atlantic and Pacific Arch . It is worth also going to the United States Navy Memorial along Pennsylvania Avenue that complements this memorial. http://www.wwiimemorial.com/ It is interesting to note that this is the most recent war memorial opened in 2004.

    The Three Servicemen World War 11 memorial Pacific Arch
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    National Museum of American history

    by albaaust Written Jan 7, 2014

    This museum is a must if you are a history buff* which we are. We chose to go on the day that had been declared as a day of emergency because of bad weather predicted. It turned out to be a fizz hog* but the consequence was that the museum was absolutely crowded with kids. Never mind, we saw what we wanted without too much hustling. The museum consists of three floors with a lower level dedicated to simulator rides. The galleries are based on themes: first floor transportation and technology, the second floor American ideals and on the third American Wars and politics. The displays were certainly interesting and they provided an overview of significant aspects of American history. The museum also provides Discover sheets that highlight various artefacts that support a particular theme such as women’s rights. The more interesting galleries for us were on the first floor in particular, the galleries on electric vehicles and lighting a revolution. Overall, this museum caters very much for young adults and judging by the large numbers of them is successful in this regard.

    Model T Ford Chart of Civil Rights Movement
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    Walk along the National Mall

    by albaaust Updated Jan 7, 2014

    We decided that we would spend at least half a day just walking along the National Mall and along the way view the Lincoln Memorial, the various war memorials (parks), the Washington Monument and end up in front of Capitol Hill. We left visiting the museums for another day. If it is a nice day weather wise and for us it was, it was a very pleasant way to embrace and appreciate the significance of the monuments which reflect various aspects of United States history.There are tours offered by volunteers to view the various war memorials (these are marked in front of each). The mall itself is huge and to do it justice you really do need half a day.

    Looking towards Capitol Hill, mid National Mall From Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument
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    Very interesting and unexpected

    by albaaust Written Jan 2, 2014

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    The International Eye Spy Museum was an afterthought and for us something different to go to. It turned out to be excellent thing to do. Not only did it pay homage to fictional* spies but also, real life spies throughout history. It also included displays of weapons and other articles used by spies. The displays were informative and the explanations contained lots of information.

    My advice would be NOT to visit during the school holidays or weekend as it was very crowded when we went. You cannot take photographs in the museum.

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    The Capitol

    by solopes Updated Dec 12, 2013

    Symbol of the American state, this huge building was started in 1793, and after several destruction and reconstructions, it keeps standing as the icon of democracy.

    It has a visitor center, but the visits beyond it must be booked in advance.

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  • New Year's Eve in Washington DC

    by standupgal Written Dec 10, 2013

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    If you are looking for a fun New Year's Eve event, I highly recommend the New Year's Eve James Bond 007 Thunderball, hosted by Euronet International at The Washington Plaza Hotel, Ten Thomas Circle, NW, Washington, DC. This is an all-inclusive, upscale, formal international affair that features PREMIUM OPEN bar, champagne ALL night, five international buffets and multiple dessert stations. Entertainment includes the hottest hits by top DC DJ’s and a four piece jazz/rock band, mock casino gambling, prizes from the International Spy Museum, chilled martinis at the ICE bar, 007 ICE sculptures, exotic Bond cars, a red carpet welcome, photo souvenirs with the Sexy Golden Girls, party favors, multiple 2000+ balloon drops, and more. My friends and I have attended the past several years, and we always have a great time. Check it out at www.euronetinternational.com

    Sexy BOND Girls - They also have Sexy Male Dancers The Decor is always Eye-catchingly AMAZING! This Event is a MUST for BOND FANS! ICELAND with Ice Luge Martinis is always hopping!
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    George Mason - Father of the Bill of Rights.

    by razorbacker Written Sep 22, 2013

    A memorial to George Mason lies just southwest of the Jefferson Memorial.

    The George Mason Memorial commemorates one of our lesser-known but very important Founding Fathers. Along with James Madison, Mason is known as the "Father of the Bill of Rights." He was an anti-federalist. He wrote the Virginia Declaration of Rights in June 1776. He was a delegate to the Constitutional Convention and was one of the five most-frequent speakers during the deliberations. He actively campaigned for a Bill of Rights to be included in the Constitution. Since it was not included initially, he refused to sign the Constitution. He was later instrumental in the inclusion of the first Ten Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, collectively known as the "Bill of Rights."

    George Mason Memorial. Pastoral park commemorating George Mason. George Mason, Father of the Bill of Rights.
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    "2 Million Bikers to D.C." Rally

    by razorbacker Written Sep 22, 2013

    Motorcyclists rallied to Washington, D.C. from all over the country to commemorate the terrorist attacks on America on September 11th 2001 and September 11th 2012.

    They were denied a permit by Washington, D.C., but they came anyway.

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    The Captial Building: Where they decide our fates!

    by staindesign Written Aug 17, 2013

    The Capital Building is one impressive building. We didn't bother to stop bc you can't really see much more than the internal lobby. I was informed that if you contact your congressman at home a month before your trip, that it is possible to receive at tour of the capital building from one of your states' employees. That's pretty cool. I will definitely remember this for my next trip.

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    American History Museum

    by staindesign Written Aug 17, 2013

    This museum is pretty interesting bc it isn't just like the constitution and presidents. It is about the American people. Like famous Americans, our food, pop culture, advertising, civil rights, trains, etc.

    A few examples of what you can see: We saw a recreation (play) of a "sit in". The actress was fantastic. Julia Childs Kitchen was recreated. They had Celia Cruz's grammy's. Really too much to list everything.

    Over all it is very worth the time to see the museum.

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    Julia Child's Kitchen
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    DC War Memorial

    by PinkFloydActuary Written Jul 20, 2013

    There are tons of small monuments throughout DC, with a number of them on or near the National Mall. One of which is the DC War Memorial. This is a small dome memorial that commemorates the Washington DC citizens who fought in World War I. It was recently restored, so it is in great shape, and a nice place to stop for a moment of seclusion.

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    George Mason Memorial

    by PinkFloydActuary Written Jul 20, 2013

    Just a stones throw away from the Jefferson Memorial, this is a tribute to one of the founding fathers. It has a statue of Mason on a large concrete bench, overlooking a circular pool. That's about all there is to it. It would be a nice place to reflect, but that is made hard to do since it is in close proximity to a very busy road :)

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    Summerhouse

    by antistar Written Jun 15, 2013

    Easily overlooked in the great expanse of the National Mall is the Summerhouse. It was partly designed that way - the great landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted didn't want the building spoiling the overall design. But he also recognised the need for visitors to have somewhere to rest and recuperate. The small structure is thoughtfully designed, with each arched doorway giving a different view. One of the windows is covered by a grille and looks into a tiny grotto complete with waterfall. It's a cool, relaxing place to escape the heat and crowds if you know where to look.

    Summerhouse, Washington D.C. Summerhouse, Washington D.C. Summerhouse, Washington D.C.

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    Foggy Bottom

    by antistar Written Jun 13, 2013

    One of the oldest neighbourhoods in the city, the curiously named Foggy Bottom is believed to have got its name from the smoke that billowed out of the factory chimneys that once lined its streets. Today it is a leafy university suburb with red brick townhouses and a riverside location. The George Washington university engulfs the neighbourhood and fills its streets with students who mingle with the many workers at the US Department of State. It has one unique sight: The American Meridian. Before finally giving in to the idea of a timezone delimited by a line passing through Greenwich, London, the Americans tried, like the French, to create their own. The line can still be seen in Foggy Bottom today.

    If you want to get off the National Mall and see a bit of the living city, this is a pleasant, relaxing place to stroll.

    Foggy Bottom, Washington D.C.

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