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The chapel in the cemetery

At first glance it seemed there was a little chapel in the middle of Rock Creek Cemetery. A beautiful Gothic stone building alongside many of the mausoleums of the rich and famous. And sure enough, walking up to it, I … Continue reading

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Cherry blossoms starting to pop, but . . .

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Wordless Wednesday: World War II Memorial

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Native Washingtonian 101 – It’s “War-shington”

Want to sound like a local? Here’s the first clue – we say “War-shington.” Yes, we sneak an “r” in there. I don’t know why. It’s not because this town makes war on other countries. It’s just something we say … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Summertime in Georgetown

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We cannot tell a lie – GW’s birthplace is cool

Monumental Thoughts has a guest contributor – Megan Johnson. (Hey, we’re all for free labor.) A sprawling stretch of land along Popes Creek, Va., isn’t all that different today from when George Washington entered the world 284 years ago – … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Georgetown in the morning

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Wordless Wednesday: Finding John Wilkes Booth

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Cherry blossom peak March 31-April 3

The National Park Service predicts cherry blossom peak bloom will be March 31-April 3. Now park officials are not perfect guessers, but I have to admit they’re pretty good. Mostly, it’s based on expected March temperatures. Give the blossoms a … Continue reading

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Washington 101 – Filomena is the best Italian restaurant

OK, let’s start a fight over the best Italian restaurant in town. Maggiano’s on Wisconsin Ave. is a contender. Carmine’s on 7th St. N.W. is a fan favorite. But I’m going with Filomena in Georgetown. I first heard of this … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Lincoln Memorial

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Wordless Wednesday: Peggy’s Cove, Canada

 

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Goodbye, Jane (magnolias)

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Native Washingtonian: Cherry blossoms beyond Tidal Basin

They’re coming, and I’m not just talking about the cherry blossoms. More than 1 million people will crowd around the Tidal Basin to see the cherry blossoms with the peak expected to be later this year around April 11. (This … 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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Native Washingtonian 101 — Ted’s Bulletin

I have a new favorite restaurant in town – Ted’s Bulletin. I’m not quite sure how to describe the old-style eatery on 8th & E Sts. SE. Parts of it feel like the 1930s, others like the 1960s. Either way, … Continue reading

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Native Washingtonian 101 – It’s not D.C.

Locals refer to themselves as Washingtonians. We don’t say D.C. At most we’ll refer to the city as “The District.” I really hate this new “DMV” trend. That’s the Dept. of Motor Vehicles, not D.C.-MD-VA. Suburbanites will say D.C., usually … Continue reading

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Native Washingtonian 101 – Stand right, walk left

When vacationing in Manhattan, I was surprised over how angry locals were over tourists gumming up the sidewalks. One actually wrote in chalk on the sidewalks, drawing tourists on the right side and local express lane on the left. I … Continue reading

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Native Washingtonian 101 — Talking half smokes

Looking for local delicacy? Forget crabs – get a half smoke. Half smokes are hot dogs combined with sausage and well, let’s just say other stuff. Whatever, it just tastes good. They’re bigger and tastier than regular hot dogs. I … Continue reading

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Native Washingtonian 101: Hang in there

Tourists often have a very distorted view of Washington. They commonly associate us with politicians they elect to send here. I tell them we’re just everyday folks who house the federal government. I’ve traveled the world and most of the … Continue reading

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