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Lily Pond: art for art’s sake, I guess

On this site was the first water to be piped through the streets for city residents. I’ll let you have a moment to absorb all that. The Lily Pond in John Marshall Park at 4th and C Sts. N.W. by … Continue reading

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U.S. Botanic Gardens more than a greenhouse

One of the joys of becoming a tour guide is stopping at places I’ve driven past a million times. High on the list is the U.S. Botanic Garden on 1st and Maryland Ave. S.W. on the footstep of the U.S. … Continue reading

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Congressional is still the cemetery for Congress

Congressional Cemetery was once a happening place for U.S. Senators or Congressmen to spend their eternal years. Eighty were buried there until 1870 when the sandstone centographs were deemed ugly. So the black marble stone of Stephen Joshua Solarz near … Continue reading

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5 things to know before visiting Washington

Visitors arrive in Washington expecting to see the president walking down Pennsylvania Ave. in open warfare with Congress. Instead, you probably won’t see a politician. Washington is a city of surprises. I’m a native, maybe the only one you’ll know … Continue reading

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Cenotaphs define Congressional Cemetery

They hit you right away. Amid the acres of graves, the rows of cenotaphs made me say, “What the . . . “ (And shame on you with dirty minds even if you guessed right.) Congressional Cemetery has 168 nearly … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Things are looking up for me

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Veterans Affairs chief rests in Arlington National Cemetery

Coming around the corner from Joe Kennedy’s memorial marker when heading to Lee’s mansion or the Crook’s Stairs, there’s a shiny black marble marker that catches your eye. Gordan Hall Mansfield, a wounded Vietnam veteran who later served as Deputy … Continue reading

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Look up at National Archives pediment

I’m a big advocate of looking up when walking around major buildings. It’s amazing what you’re missing at street level. The Recorder of the Archives hangs above Pennsylvania Ave. Author James Goode called it “the finest sculptured pediment in Washington” … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Lincoln Memorial

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Wordless Wednesday: St. Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral

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Mayor Smallwood at Congressional Cemetery

The old simple stones near the entrance of Congressional Cemetery mark one of the early prominent families of Washington who made the graveyard possible. Samuel Nicholas Smallwood was twice mayor of Washington from 1819-22 and 1824 when dying in office. … Continue reading

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St. Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral’s artwork is inspiring

Washington has no shortage of beautiful churches from the National Cathedral to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. St. Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral on 3400 Massachusetts Ave. NW is perhaps the city’s most colorful church from floor … Continue reading

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Lock Keeper’s House is open for business

The old house on the corner of 17th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW was a shuttered reminder of days long ago when the swamp was real. It’s the second oldest home (behind Georgetown’s Old Stone House) as an 1837 reminder … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: DAR reading room

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Jefferson keeps an eye on Library of Congress

The Library of Congress across the street from the U.S. Capitol was created as a reference library for our politicians. Today, the public also uses it for research. The three buildings are grand to see with their architecture and collections. … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Atop the DAR

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Wordless Wednesday: DAR staircase

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Off The Record – for a drink

Some new folks to town wanted to see the sights . . . and some bars. So, why not start with Off The Record at the Hay Adams Hotel? It’s a little tricky to find, which is probably how some … Continue reading

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A walk in a French forest . . . kinda

Most people walk through Meridian House and come away impressed with the shear size of the Beaux Arts mansion designed by the renowned John Russell Pope in 1919. Me – I liked the trees in the back. U.S. ambassador Irwin … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Joan of Arc has her sword back

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