Category Archives: Washington life

Morning by the White House

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Sunrise on the National Mall

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Magnolias at Rawlins Park

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Cherry blossom time in Washingto

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Magnolias at the Smithsonian Castle

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Springtime at the Tidal Basin

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Best Romantic Photo Spots

It’s not unusual to see weddings around the National Mall and the U.S. Capitol. Maybe the gardens, fountains, majestic buildings or being in a park draws them, but on a spring day you’ll often see the happy bride and groom … Continue reading

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Making invisible ink

Just mix one-quarter cup of teaspoon and one-quarter cup of water, stir and then apply to paper using a Q-tip. Let dry, then rub dark juice on it with a Q-tip to come alive.

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Barred photo sites around Washington

Washington is the seventh most photographed city in the world, but some buildings and inside exhibits are barred. The most prominent no-no is the Pentagon because it is a military installation. There are big signs on the perimeter that say … Continue reading

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Dog Tag Bakery – Georgetown’s finest

Reprinted 2018 There’s no shortage of bakeries in Georgetown and no shortage of opinions on which is the best. The long lines outside Georgetown Cupcakes following its TV show a few years ago leads to many tourists stopping by. Their … Continue reading

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Hidden photo spot in plain site – Lincoln Memorial

People ask all the time about hidden, off-the-beaten path photos. The funny part is there are so many along the National Mall. The best one is the back of the Lincoln Memorial. The Lincoln Memorial is the most visited landmark … Continue reading

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War of 1812 cemetery marker

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Best Hidden Gems

Everyone photographs the Lincoln Memorial, White House and U.S. Capitol. Now you’re ready to see some hidden gems around town. The good news is they’re all around us. But if we’re going to rank the best hidden photo gems, here … Continue reading

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Congressional Cemetery

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Ranking presidents

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Ranking presidents 1-44

1. George Washington    Abraham Lincoln   Franklin D. Roosevelt  Theodore Roosevelt   Dwight D. Eisenhower Harry S. Truman          Lyndon B. Johnson      John F. Kennedy 10. Thomas Jefferson  James K. Polk              John Adams Ronald Reagan Ulysses S. Grant                      Bill Clinton       Barack Obama            … Continue reading

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Counting presidential inaugurations attendance

Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration will be limited to guests, which is not the first time that has happened. Franklin D. Roosevelt’s fourth inaugural was at the White House because of his failing health while Ronald Reagan’s second was indoors because … Continue reading

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Secret White House entrance is no secret

Is something a secret if everyone that cared to know about it since 1941 indeed knows about it? Visitors often asked about whether there are secret tunnels from the White House. They’re thinking of the 1993 movie “Dave” where a … Continue reading

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Happy 11th anniversary to Monumental Thoughts

Well, it wasn’t the best of years for tourism. In fact, the global pandemic has completely shut down Washington tourism since March. Just days from the start of the spring tour season, the government shut us down for a few … Continue reading

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National Christmas Tree is . . . pink?

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