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My favorite places — Tomb of the Unknowns

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Wordless Wednesday: Georgetown waterfront

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Remembering Jackie Kennedy in the park

Everyone usually thinks of Jackie Kennedy alongside her husband John F. Kennedy at the eternal flame in Arlington National Cemetery. But, you can catch a glimpse of her name outside a one-time dorm along 21st St. N.W. when attending George … Continue reading

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Remembering JFK at Holy Trinity church

Holy Trinity Church (3513 N. St. NW) was the city’s first Catholic church in 1792. In the early years, parishioners either rented space on the pews or brought their own chair. But don’t worry, today’s 10,000 parishioners have ample room … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Life on the C&O Canal

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George Washington and Purple Heart

There’s a marker just a few yards left to the entrance into Mount Vernon that is often overlooked but a pretty cool remembrance of history. George Washington wasn’t allowed by the Continental Congress to promote Revolutionary War soldiers based on … Continue reading

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All aboard for Randolph

If you’ve ever taken a train at Union Station, you’ve passed this statue. It’s right by the entrance to the boarding area. A. Philip Randolph was among America’s leading black labor and civil rights leaders. The plaque beneath the bust … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Changing of the Guard

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The best view in town is . . .

Tourists ask this all the time. It’s not from the top of the Washington Monument despite being the highest point in town. Ditto for the Old Post Office Pavillion or the National Cathedral. And while the porch at the Newseum … Continue reading

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Meet all the presidents at Madame Tussauds

I won a couple tickets for Madame Tussauds, home of the wax figures. I figured hey, why not check it out? It was a lot more fun than I expected. Just steps from Ford’s Theatre at 10th & F Sts. … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: The Vietnam Wall

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My 10 tips for visitors (and locals, too)

I’ve seen tourists from dozens of countries visit Washington over the years. Now that I lead groups, I really have some advice for those coming in the summer. Since my blog is read nearly equally by out-of-towners as locals and … Continue reading

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Go on tour by yourself (with me)

No, I haven’t been drinking . . . lately. I’ve just released my first audio tour in conjunction with Voicemap.me. Voicemap combines GPS technology with the audio tour so when you come within 30 feet of the site the audio … Continue reading

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Business as usual around White House

You never know what you’ll see when walking down Pennsylvania Ave. while approaching the White House. After the recent fence jumper, TV newscasters reported a new fence farther out on the north side where most tourists gather. Tuesday morning, it … Continue reading

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Gameplanning Arlington National Cemetery

You want to see the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns and the eternal flame where the Kennedys are buried, but have only one hour. What do you do? Uh, turn around and come back when … Continue reading

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Jesus at Arlington National Cemetery

Jesus on the cross always makes you stop and think. You would think that some depiction of Jesus would be commonplace at Arlington National Cemetery. But the only one I’ve seen is next to the Crook stairs heading up to … Continue reading

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St. John’s – “Church of the Presidents”

Every president since James Madison has attended the “Church of the Presidents” just a short walk (if they could do so nowadays) from the White House at 15th and H Sts. N.W. Madison started the tradition of the “President’s Pew” … Continue reading

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Native Washingtonian 101: Who you calling Washingtonian?

Wikipedia sometimes cracks me up. The online reference source by the masses has an interesting description of Washingtonian. Washingtonian is used to refer to people from the state of Washington (see List of people from Washington) or the greater metropolitan … Continue reading

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A White House in Dublin?

            I’ve always heard the White House was modeled after the Leinster House in Dublin because Irish architect James Hoban used the Irish parliament as a model. Well, the truth is the White House looks … Continue reading

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My favorite places – Washington National Cathedral

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