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Category Archives: Attractions
The Stephen DeCatur House is one of the more interesting homes around Lafayette Park by the White House. And why not since it was the home of a very interesting person. Commodore DeCatur was a naval hero, having battled the … Continue reading
It would seem a strange sight at first. Men of science in the Museum of the Bible. But, the displays show the two are not incompatible. Galileo is shown with his telescope. The 17th-century scientist is known for saying the … Continue reading
The first thing you notice upon entering the Museum of the Bible is the ceiling. Sometimes it’s flowers, sometimes it looks like the Sistine Chapel. But, it’s the most amazing video board I’ve ever seen. Turns out that’s just the … Continue reading
As a journalist in town for 40 years, this is my holy ground. A parking garage where secrets that brought down a president were told. Military folks love the World War II, Korean and Vietnam Memorials. Nurses want to see … Continue reading
There seems a certain irony that Clara Barton’s office for missing soldiers was itself lost for 130 years. Seriously, how can office space in the middle of downtown Washington go unseen for more than a century? I could see one … Continue reading
At Eastern Market, your job’s not your credit. You gotta pay cash for the produce. Well, that’s funny if you’re a local because Eastern Motors used to run a commercial nonstop. Otherwise, you’re thinking I’m nuts. Anyway, Eastern Market opened … Continue reading
You can’t miss the gigantic vault door in the lobby of the Courtyard Marriott Washington Convention Center on 9th and F Sts. N.W. The one-time home of Riggs Bank was built in 1891. It was quite the place with vaulted … Continue reading
It’s a common question from both tourists and friends – what’s something different to see in town? It’s a question I find as wide open as the ocean and as difficult to cross. A few questions come first by me. … Continue reading
Gentleman departing the nearby Washington Club tipped their caps to the woman softly rocking on the porch of the corner home – Dolley Madison. Some 168 years later, the late First Lady supposed is still found some nights rocking on … Continue reading
I’ve driven past Meridian Hill Park many times, but finally decided on a warm Sunday afternoon to walk into it. What a disappointment. Meridian Hill Park needs a lot of love. The kind that only comes through lots of cash. … Continue reading
One thing I love about traveling is seeing places I’ve long heard about and never expected to see. But in my annual bucket list of travels, I recently found myself walking across the Brooklyn Bridge on a warm fall afternoon. … Continue reading
Saw three wedding couples posing for photos on Saturday.
I’ve been to Mount Vernon countless times over a half century since growing up across the Potomac River from the mansion. But I’ve only been down to the boat ramp and far crops twice. Yeah, that’s nuts. Nearly all of … Continue reading
There’s a colonial plantation at Reagan (Washington National to locals) Airport. Or rather, there’s an airport on an old colonial plantation. I had to check out Abingdon Plantation when first learning of it from a company specializing in unique urban sites. … Continue reading