A September 2000 trip
to Washington, D.C. by jim
Quote: My grandmother's funeral in Arlington Cemetary inspired me to tour the war memorials in Washington D.C. It was truly a moving experience.
Arlington National Cemetary: The history and the sacrifice is readily apparent and inspiring. Visit the Tomb of the Unknowns, John F. Kennedy's gravesite, the Robert E. Lee House, and the graves of great war heroes such as Audey Murphy.
The Korea and Vietnam War Memorial: They are located within a few hundred yards of each other in the 'Mall' near the Lincoln Memorial.
The Holocaust Museum: This is one of the finest museums I have experienced. Very informative and very effective in portraying the horror of the Holocaust.
The Mall: This area in the center of Washington D.C. is where you will find most of the monuments. The Washington Monument, the Capitol Building, the Lincoln Monument and many others are located around the mall. Everyone will recognize the 'Mall' as the location of many historic rallies. The White House and more museums than you could see in a month are located around the mall.
Spend a day in Old Town Alexandria. It's a fun, relaxing day.
If you like to run, run around downtown and the 'Mall'. You will cover alot of ground and it will help orient you for sightseeing later in the day. This was one of the best runs I have ever had on vacation. Another great run was along the water in Arlington, Virginia (near the Pentagon and Arlington Cemetary) across the river from D.C. The view is fantastic and the route is very enjoyable.
If you have a relative buried in Arlington, get a pass at the Welcome Center. With a pass, you can drive in and around the cemetary in your own car.
Bring some comfortable shoes...you will do alot of walking.
Drink lots of water...it's hot in the summer!
When seeing the 'Mall', walk. It is a long walk, but very scenic. Parking in this area is a nightmare, so once you find a good spot, don't lose it.
Several tours are available. I don't usually like tours, but one that is fun is the Duck Tour. You ride in an amphibious vehicle that drives through D.C. and then goes into the Potomac river for a river cruise. With so many sights, a guide adds alot of nice perspective and history.
Hotel | "Hotel Monaco"
I had a large room that included a very nice bathroom. There were chocolates waiting on the pillow and everything else that I might need. There was a nice stereo in the room and free internet access. Most importantly, the bed and pillows were exceptionally comfortable.
Other nice touches included a free wine in the main reception area during the traditional happy hour time. If you still wanted more, there is a nice restaurant that I enjoyed both for the food and the cool, trendy atmosphere. There was a business center in the room that included a very nice printer (although it was a little expensive for copies). I also appreciated the little things like the Aveda bath products and very courteous concierge who was helpful in setting me up with a gym (you get free passes to a nearby gym).
Finally, the location couldn’t have been better. I was within walking distance of most of the things I wanted to see. Plus there were several great restaurants, stores and a subway within a few blocks.
I enthusiastically recommend this hotel.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 7, 2004
Hotel Monaco DC - A Kimpton Hotel
700 F STREET NW
Washington, United States 20004
Restaurant | "Ten Pehn"
I ordered the crusted halibut and it was delicious. It was very tasty, the portion was healthy (large but not over the top) and the food was nicely displayed. I also enjoyed the dessert so make sure you save room. After an appetizer and entrée, I only had room for the sorbet. But several of the other choices at the surrounding tables looked fantastic. The desserts were particularly interesting to look at as well.
The layout of the restaurant was very open. It wasn’t particularly cozy (something seemed a little fabricated, although I can’t put my finger on it), but all things considered, it was fine if you are with friends. It felt like a chain restaurant for some reason.
All things considered, this is a solid choice if you want some decent Asian food. It is nothing special, but you can do a lot worse. You do a get a decent meal for a fair price.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 7, 2004
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20004
Most importantly, the food was excellent. I thought the choices were unique and inventive. I had the beef pasta in feta cheese, an eggplant appetizer, and an excellent pita dish. The food was attractively displayed very tasty. The portions were not particularly large, but an appetizer, entrée, and dessert will fill you up.
I also appreciated the exceptional service. My waiter was very attentive and the host was very helpful when I asked him a few questions about the place. It was also nice that my hotel (Monaco) was only a few blocks away.
If you have the chance, you should definitely check out Zaytinya (particularly if you are looking for a fun night out on the town).
701 Ninth Street North West
Washington, District of Columbia 20001
Attraction | "Arlington National Cemetary"
Take a moment and leave a flower on the grave of a fallen soldier. For me Arlington is personal because my grandfather (a WWII hero) and my grandmother were buried here. I always take the time to pay my respects and say a quick prayer when I pass through Washington.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 23, 2000
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington, Virginia 22211
Be prepared for some good insights, some corny jokes and a fun time (you have to have a little bit of sense of humour riding on the Duck tour). Allow 1 1/2 hours for the tour.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 23, 2000
1323 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20004
The years leading up to the Holocaust: You will see perspectives and articles from events such as the book burnings, the Nurembourg Laws, the Kristallnacht, propaganda and more.
The Final Solution: This covers everything from the Jewish ghettos, mobile killing squads, deportation, and camp life. You will walk through rooms dedicated to whole communities that were eliminated (with pictures of the people), through authentic train cars that were used to transport Jews, an exhibit on medical experiments and a section on the equally gruesome plight of the mentally challenged under the Nazis and by a variety of narrated films, and articles from these days. Very powerful and moving and not for the faint of heart.
The Final Chapter: This section of the museum covers the rescuers, the Jewish resistance and the liberation of the Jewish people. It was nice to see that some people (at great personal risk) had the courage to help save many Jewish people. Unfortunately, you will walk away from the museum knowing that not nearly enough was done given the sheer numbers of people killed during the Holocaust.
Several Special Exhibits: A series of rooms allow you to see certain aspects of the Holocaust in more detail such as the Nazi Olympics, the Ghettos, and Daniel's Story (Remember the Children).
The Wall of Remembrance (the children): Over 3,000 tiles were painted by American children in remembrance of the children killed during the Holocaust. Very moving.
Hall of Remembrance: In this room you will find a flame that is always burning in remembrance of those who died that is meant to remind people to never forget what happened.
This is definitely a museum that everyone should see. I learned many things and will encourage everyone I know to go here.
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, Sw
Washington, D.C., United States 20024
Charlotte, North Carolina