Tag Archives: Photos by Lisa Snider

Returning to Great Falls

We take the Potomac River for granted as it passes often passively by Washington. But far north of the city lies Great Falls National Park where the water drops quickly and sometimes deadly. I went there once as a young … Continue reading

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Tour guide on vacation – Boston

My first trip after graduating college was Boston. All those history classes made me want to see it. Thirty-four years later, my wife and I returned recently to see it again. Oh, I’ve been to Boston many times for work … Continue reading

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70,000 attend Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery

I’ve often attended “Wreaths Across America” at Arlington National Cemetery. It’s just nice to see good people helping out. I wish that was on the TV news instead of who killed who. With 70 degree weather expected in mid-December versus … Continue reading

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National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is must see

It has probably been 40 years since I last saw the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and it wasn’t even completed then. A recent visit showed I’ve been away too long. The Shrine on the outer … Continue reading

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Eastern Market offers history and halibut

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 runs a commercial nonstop. Otherwise, you’re thinking I’m nuts. Anyway, Eastern Market opened in 1873 … Continue reading

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Check out our sister blog – Capital Photo History Tours

Yes, this is my company. I’ve been working with budding photographers for five seasons. Mostly, it’s Washingtonians rather than out-of-towners, though anyone is welcome. I offer theme tours — the Lincoln assassination, Embassy Row, Georgetown homes of the Kennedys, Mount … Continue reading

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Tour guides go on vacation, too

After the busy spring season, every guide reaches the end of May on fumes. But the 100-day invasion of eighth graders is ending, cherry blossoms are past and it’s the right time to take a breath. So I went on … Continue reading

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Rocks along the Vietnam Memorial Wall

The runaway most read blog item the past two years is about rocks left on gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery. Now I’ve spotted them at the Vietnam Memorial Wall. The first time came recently when seeing a series of four … Continue reading

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Bully, bully for Teddy Roosevelt Island

It’s amazing the number of oases around downtown and how seldom we stop to see them. I made my first trip to Theodore (did anybody but his mother not call him Teddy?) Roosevelt Island on Sunday. A break from the … Continue reading

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Daytime fireworks at Mount Vernon

When hearing Mount Vernon would have fireworks at 1 p.m. on the Fourth of July I had to see them. Daytime fireworks? It was a lot of fun even if the display was a little underwhelming and certainly nothing close … Continue reading

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Dumbfounded by Dumbarton Oaks Gardens beauty

Sometimes it’s amazing how many places I’ve never been to in 52 years of living in Washington. It’s a combination of so many things to see, laziness and not knowing about the sites. I’ve heard of Dumbarton Oaks and its … Continue reading

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Round 2 – Winning the War of 1812

I couldn’t resist — Americans +5 against the British in the War of 1812 in a 2.0 reproduction. It was a sucker’s bet. The re-enactment at Jefferson Patterson Park in St. Leonard, Md. on Sept. 22 pitted a dozen American … Continue reading

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Off we go to the sunflower patch – the real directions

Sometimes the journey is more than the destination. Or whatever crap that’s supposed to mean to mollify those who get lost. My wife Lisa wanted to see the sunflower fields at McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area in Potomac. Supposed to be … Continue reading

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A Great Time Around Britain in Eight Days

Sometimes I play tourist myself and for the first since becoming a guide I went on someone else’s trip – Trafalgar’s Great Britain-Ireland tour. Eight days – nearly 2,000 miles on a bus plus two ferries, lake boat ride, train … Continue reading

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Finding my own monumental tree

I have a family member buried in Arlington National Cemetery. I never knew him. Never knew of him until researching my family tree. But, Fallas Broche, my maternal grandfather’s brother, is among the 330,000 buried in Arlington. About as far … Continue reading

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