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Washington, Dc: A Jam Packed 4 Day Visit
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Washington, Dc: A Jam Packed 4 Day Visit

My four-day stay in this the capital of United States of America was not enough. It’s a city I definitely want to go back to. It’s mind boggling with many places to visit. I had made an itinerary for each day and managed to see everything I wanted to see and maybe a little more.

The White House. If you don’t see the White House, you didn’t visit Washington, D.C. At the time tours could go in but I didn’t make any reservation so I didn’t go inside. Just to see the outside and be able to say I’ve seen the White House other than on TV was just enough for me.

United States Holocaust Museum. It’s free and a must to visit. In order to get inside, you’ll have to pass security just like the airport. I had a bottle of water and the guard made me drink some of the water to make sure I have nothing hiding in it. Before going in the elevator, I picked up an identification card. For the next two hours I was Irene Fruend, born in Mannheim, Germany in 1930. The museum is fantastic in displaying with artefacts, videos, pictures and so much more how life was like during that brutal time of World War II . At the end of the tour, I looked at the back of my id card. Irene survived the war and moved to the United States in 1947.

Library of Congress. I work in a public library so this was a must visit for me. The gorgeous lobby has stained-glass skylight, marble flooring and columns. The library houses rare books collection including donations by Thomas Jefferson.

Folger Shakespeare Library is just a block away from Library of Congress holding well over 250,000 books about Shakespeare. There are daily tours but I didn’t have time to wait. I sat in a small room watching a short video about kids learning Shakespeare (plus to rest my tired feet).

Washington National Cathedral. Oh, you must visit this! What an exquisite cathedral. This 20th century marvel reminded me a little of Notre Dame in Paris.

National Mall. I didn’t get to see everything here.

A. The Lincoln Memorial will make you feel like you’re in Greece when you see the 36 columns, representing that many states when Lincoln was president.

B. I was in Vietnam in 2000. What a gorgeous country which faced a nasty war from 1959-1975. The Vietnam War Memorial is a “V” shaped black granite wall honouring those who died or went missing. There are two statues nearby. One of the statues (Legacy, Hope and Healing) depicts a dying soldier held by a nurse while two others look up hoping for help to arrive.

C. Opened in 2004, the National World War II Memorial honours the many Americans who served during this time. It has a great view of the Washington Monument.

D. The Korean Memorial, with its 19 stainless steel life size statues of soldiers trudging tiredly through a field, look so real you can feel their emotions.

Ford Theatre National Historic Site. Abraham Lincoln was shot in this theatre. Now it’s a museum which holds the gun that killed Lincoln, the blood stained pillow, the desk which he worked at and more. Across the street is the Peterson House Lincoln died the next morning.

Arlington Cemetery. You need at least two hours but I only wanted to see one thing, visit John F. Kennedy final resting place. His grave is in between Jackie and their son Patrick, who died shortly after he was born. On the hill is Arlington House, the former home of General Robert E. Lee.

Foggy Bottom. I love this name for a neighbourhood that dates back to the 18th and 19th century. George Washington University covers a lot of ground here. I passed by the Watergate Complex which features five buildings of office, apartments and hotel-office. In 1972 documents were photographed and telephones wire tapped during the Nixon administration. Hence, President Nixon resigned immediately. Not far is the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Georgetown. This is where Washington started. There is no metro stop but you can hop on a local bus or the D.C. Circulator. You can walk along the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, window shop, or stop in one of the many restaurants. Maybe stop in at Billy Martin’s Tavern, where I read John

Alexandria, Virginia. You can read my article on this site titled: “Alexandria, Virginia: a brief visit.”


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