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Apr 1, 2017 - Jefferson Building

Year: Between 1890 and 1897 Architectural Style: Beaux-Arts architecture This building is the oldest of the three Library of Congress buildings. It is situated south of the Supreme Court building Exterior columns are in the Corinthian Style...

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Apr 1, 2017 - Capitol Building

My FAVORITE building in all of D.C. I always come back to this building. The combination of the importance of this building along with the beauty makes this building special to me. I keep coming back at all times of the day and night to take photos. 9/18/1793 – George Washington laid the cornerstone 1792 – 15 designs were submitted – all denied; Dr. William Thornton submitted a late design and it was accepted…. Designed with Corinthian columns 1800 – North side finished 1807 – 1811 – South side occupied and finished 1814 – During...

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Apr 1, 2017 - Botanical Garden Building

Established in 1820 (West of the Capitol Grounds) 1842 - renewed interest - The United States Exploring Expedition to the South Seas (Wilkes Expedition brought back living plants from around the world 1850 - The Arboretum has been in continuous operation since 1850 1933 - moved to present location

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Jan 30, 2017 - Farewell Washington

What a surprise! We woke to find that it had snowed during the night. The snow must be following us around. It was a lovely crisp morning so we headed out early to Arlington cemetery. Our last train taking us overnight back to Orlando was not scheduled to leave tilll 7.30pm so we had all day to do a bit more sightseeing. The cemetery was lovely & peaceful & we wandered around amongst the thousands of mainly white headstones heading first to the Kennedy memorial area where JFK, his wife & children are buried. From there we headed up the hill...

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Jan 29, 2017 - Around Washington

We headed into Washington centre today to do a bit of the touristy stuff. First stop was the White House but we couldn't get very close, it is all closed off back & front with fences & barriers & lots of armed police. Not sure if this is normal setup now or left over from recent changeover & inauguration ceremonies. We drifted around a bit past the Washington Monument but our main objective was the newly opened Holocaust museum which was close by. Once we got through the security screening at the door we were whisked up to the fourth floor...

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Jan 28, 2017 - On To Washington

Up early as usual & the usual breakfast choices, the same as on all the Amtrak trains, the menu for all the meals on board doesn't change. After breakfast we settled down to watch the countryside pass by as we headed across the hills & down into Washington. The scenery was more interesting again as we followed rivers up hill & then down through forests. We haven't had wifi on the trains since the Starlight Express between Seattle & San Francisco so we have been out of touch whilst travelling on the trains lately. Still the time passes...

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Jan 20, 2017 - Protesting 2017

My sincere hope in this entry is not to offend anyone but simply describe events as we experienced them. After being devastated that 45 won our national's presidential race due to the electoral college, Fran and I decided to protest at the Inauguration with a group called "ANSWER" (Act Now Stop War End Racism). They secured a spot on the "parade" route and filled the day with speakers, calling quite literally for the end of war and racism. They told us where to go through security and to start very early, so despite a 10 hour drive to DC...

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Dec 31, 2016 - National Harbor, Washington D.C.

We always like to spend New Year’s Eve at a hotel that has a gala ball for dinner and dancing. For New Year’s Eve 2016, we chose the Marriott Gaylord National Harbor Hotel located south of Washington D.C. on the Potomac River in National Harbor. National Harbor is a newly developing area with boutique shops, multi-ethnic restaurants, and several hotels including a new MGM Grand Hotel that is currently being built. Photos 1-7 MARRIOTT GAYLORD HOTEL The Marriott Gaylord is a unique hotel, both in its architecture and interior design. It has...

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New Year's Eve 2016

Oct 14, 2016 - Senator Simon Will See You Now

Let me preface today's post by saying that Christina and I both recently quit (again) caffeine (again). The sheer amount of walking and seeing and thinking and doing that's being done caffeine free is a minor miracle. Similar to yesterday, today began with getting up later than usual. No jog. No guilt. Our first stop was Starbucks (still no caffeine) then an Uber over to the Holocaust Memorial. The museum was beautifully done and the crowds were extremely respectful. Between the Nazi rise-to-power film at this museum and the solemn and...

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Oct 13, 2016 - We The People...

Today began just before 1am. There's an external entrance to our Airbnb right outside my bedroom door and after I dozed off last night it sounded like someone was desperately trying to get in. Turns out that desperate someone was Christina who somehow managed to trap herself in her bedroom and couldn't get out. After a few minutes of doorknob jiggling she called out and asked if I was awake and we managed to free her with a pair of tweezers. We intended to officially start the day at 6:30am with a jog to the Lincoln Memorial to avoid crowds...

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Oct 12, 2016 - Planes, Trains and Ubers

I'm currently resting on a chaise lounge with a glass of champagne, Billie Holiday music in the background while Christina cooks dinner. Essentially, my happy place. We're in a very old, very chic, very gray Airbnb in Dupont Circle nestled between the Embassies of the Dominican Republic and Mali. That's right, I'm in Washington DC and this time I have a travel buddy. Christina and I met 13 years ago in Colorado when she moved into the basement I was occupying. Two strangers sharing one giant room and two beds with a curtain for a door. She...

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Sep 30, 2016 - The First Flight

So, this was our first travel day, a very long day. Our daughter drove us out to the airport and we sped through check-in and customs with no problems. We got a bite to eat for lunch (who knew the Timmies in International flights doesn’t make sandwiches, premade ones are very dry!), then we waited because you have to be there so early! The first flight to Washington-Dulles started out a bumpy ride, but soon smoothed out for the most part. This was a only 1 ½ hour flight, our shortest, reminding us what flying was like as it has been a...

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