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    Trying to dine near the museums

    by Dabs Written Oct 20, 2004

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    Twice I found myself near the major museums hunting for a place to grab a bite. The first day I was meeting up with kentbein and just wanted something quick so I stopped by one of the hot dog vendors and grabbed a very unappetizing Polish sausage.

    The second time, I bypassed the cafe in between the National Gallery East and West that actually looked like a decent place to grab a bite (although a little overpriced) because I wanted to try Capitol City Brewery but I underestimated the distance between the museum and Union Station and found I only had time to grab a quick bite in the food court.

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    Use the Restroom when you can!

    by wjstallings Written Jun 22, 2004

    Warning!!! Use the restroom when you get a chance. I did not see a public restroom near the front of the White House, Washington Monument, Vietnam Memorial, Korean Memorial, WW I Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, or the Lincoln Memorial.

    I did see one behind the WW II Memorial and I think there was one at FDR.

    Hope this helps!!!

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    Restoration maintenance

    by wanderingbtrfly Written Jun 16, 2004

    When I took my trip to D.C., it just happened to be the week that quite a few of the national monuments were all covered in scaffolding- they were being restored and under preventative maintenance. Suffice it to say, it took a little bit of the awe affect away. Some of the monuments were closed to the public or almost completely roped off.

    Before you go, check the local tourist offices to see if they have a maintenance schedule.

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    There's always a protest

    by vivalasteph Written Apr 28, 2004

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    It's Sunday afternoon, Mother's Day to be precise, and coming out of the Air and Space Museum, we discover a protest underway.

    Traffic is jammed for blocks, police everywhere, and hundreds of people in procession, on their way to the White House. This was a protest for the rights of the handicapped, and I was shocked at the anger. One man trying to get his car out of the way got one protester so bent out of shape, he was nearly dragged from his car before the cops stepped in. What happened to compassion?

    Good luck crossing the street....

    protest on the Mall

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    Strangers Don't Give You Enough Photo Room

    by SUSAMY Updated Nov 23, 2003

    Warning! Not everyone is considerate enough to give you breathing room in photos. Please see the example, where you can clearly see smiling strangers inching their way into OUR photo space.

    Wait... maybe it was Susan that sat down in the middle of their photo....

    Hey! Outta the way! Taking a picture here!
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    Watch where you walk!

    by lonestar_philomath Written Feb 23, 2008

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    Canadian geese are over running our monuments and leaving behind their calling cards.

    Beware the green blobs on the sidewalks and don't even walk in the grassy areas anymore!

    Run Away! Like they can read..... I wonder if they will remain year round residents?
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    Wear Comfortable Shoes

    by WheninRome Written May 1, 2007

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    After my first day in DC my feet were killing me. Multiple blisters and a couple cuts. Wear comfortable shoes, even if you have to be dressed up for the Hill.

    My shoes tucked into pillows for extra padding.

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    Squirrels gone crazy!

    by SUSAMY Written Sep 28, 2003

    Be careful when you are sitting by the fence outside of the White House (a fun place to take a family photo). The squirrels are CRAZY and they will come right up to you.

    Squirrels: DC's wild welcoming committee
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    Confortable shoes are a MUST!...

    by almapaul Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Confortable shoes are a MUST! Washington has a subway system, you may know this, I didn't, though I've now heard great things about it!!!

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