Washington, D.C. Journals

Washington, DC, in the Fall

A November 2005 trip to Washington, D.C. by Kiryo

Chinatown Photo, Washington, D.C., United States More Photos
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Washington, DC, in the Fall

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I was in town for almost a weeklong science conference at the convention center... oh, boy!The District of Columbia, steeped in rich political history covering the last two centuries, is always an awesome destination during off-peak periods, especially during fall's yellows and reds.The spookiness attributed to this medium-sized big city nestled on the Potomac River on between the US states of Virginia and Maryland is not from geography, rather, the man-made air of government prepotence all over town. This, in turn, gives DC an interesting feeling of order, attitude, security, and just downright federalism. But there is always something contradictory just beneath the surface of...Read More
Washington Fish Wharf Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
The Washington Fish Wharf area offers some very decent seafood right within reach of Washington's tourist sights. There are no restaurants in the wharf itself, but this is a good shopping area, and of course, the raw oysters are a plenty, directly from Chesapeake Bay.

Given the dangers associated with raw oysters, caution is always warranted; nevertheless, the rewards outweigh the risks most times!

If you are too squeamish for raw oysters, try the clam chowder--veeeeery good.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 14, 2005

Washington Fish Wharf
South of the Smithsonian
Washington, D.C., United States

National Mall & Memorial Parks

Attraction | "National Mall"

National Mall & Memorial Parks Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
For people who want to disconnect from the high-stress of Washingtonian life or are traveling to the area, this is a must-see on any itinerary as far as any visit is concerned. One can find peace and quiet on most weekdays in the fall season, as well as plenty of empty park benches on which to exchange top -ecret science information (thought I was going to say spy stuff, right??) with other scientists looking for peace and quiet.Okay, in all likelihood, you may run into people who work in government, from interns to congresspeople to... gulp, spies!! Who knows?? This town has all of that, and the National Mall is no exception to the kind of people you can run into in DC, with o...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 22, 2005

National Mall & Memorial Parks
900 Ohio Drive, SW
Washington, D.C., United States 20024
(202) 426-6841


Attraction | "Chinatown Area"

Chinatown Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
Right above a Metro Stop is the Chinatown district of DC. This is a good place to sample some good, cheap Chinese food. As all of my travel companions were, in fact, Chinese, this meant that I was in for a treat at one particular restaurant:

Chinatown Express...

The lunch menu is varied enough to satiate most appetites, including vegetarians, and the amount of food is pretty good for about $5. Beware the lunch crowd, however, as going to this restaurant several times yielded the same results: a packed house.

The restaurant's location is on 8th street NW to the west of the Chinatown Arch.

The soups, as well as the buns, are mouthwatering.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 22, 2005

H And I Streets, Between 5th And 8th Streets Nw Downtown
Washington, DC