Washington, D.C. Journals

Washington - Sights and Tastes

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A September 2006 trip to Washington, D.C. by grannola

Washington Monument Photo, Washington, D.C., United States More Photos
Quote: We came, we saw, we ate.

Cafe Recess

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Cafe Recess, as the name implies, is located very close to the Capitol in Washington. We decided to stop there because we were looking for some quick lunch on Saturday, between our stop at the Library of Congress and our reservation at the Washington Memorial. It was within easy walking distance of the Library of Congress, and we'd actually driven past it our our hunt for a parking spot. The kids liked the name (of course they were thinking of school recess, but whatever), so we decided what the heck. The restaurant is set up like a buffet or salad bar. They have 4 rows of food that you can buy for $5.69/pound. They have salad, hot food, all sorts of stuff. Of course, the kids (who lov...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 26, 2006

Cafe Recess
209 Pennsylvania Avenue SE
Washington, D.C., United States 20003
(202) 544-3049

International Spy Museum

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The International Spy Museum sounded like it would be really neat. We read about it in tour books and even talked to people who'd been there. Although it had potential, we were a bit disappointed. The first problem is that strollers are not allowed, so we stashed the stroller and borrowed a baby carrier. The 1-year-old is quite heavy to carry around for 2 hours, even in a carrier, but he isn't big enough to spend 2 hours walking either. Well, we figured we'd give it a shot.It cost us $42 for the whole group to get in, which seemed high considering the Smithsonians were all free. So, we went in, and first you go up to the top floor. There you are given a secret identity which you are supposed t...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 9, 2006

International Spy Museum
800 F St. NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20004
(202) 393-7798

Jefferson's Legacy: The Library of Congress Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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We went to the Library of Congress on Saturday morning. There were quite a few people there, but it wasn't crowded by any means. You need to go through a metal detector and have your bag searched to enter the library. Once inside we immediately found children's materials to help them enjoy the art in the library. There were tour groups, but we opted to do a self-guided tour (with 3 kids, it seemed more fair to the other visitors).It seems strange to go to a library and not see rows of books, but that is the case here. Of course, there are millions of books, but not in the public areas. You start up one floor from the main entrance. One of the impressive sights is the Gutenburg Bible. I'd ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 21, 2006

Jefferson's Legacy: The Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave, SE
Washington, D.C., United States 20540
(202) 707-5000

Washington Monument

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Attraction

Washington Monument Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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The Washington Monument is truly a landmark worth visiting. It is free to get in, but you do need to get free tickets to reserve a time. There is limited space and the line-ups would be horrendous otherwise.To get your ticket you have to go to the ticket booth early in the day. They give out tickets from about 8am until they are all gone. No strollers are allowed inside the monument, because of very narrow passages, and also because the elevator picks you up a floor lower than it lets you off.We got to the ticket booth around 10:00 on a cloudy, rainy Saturday. We could have had tickets for as early as 11:30, but we chose 1:30, figuring it would give us time to wander off and see someth...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 22, 2006

Washington Monument
Near the Center of the National Mall
Washington, D.C. 20024
(202) 426-6841

Lincoln Memorial

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Attraction | "Abraham Lincoln Memorial"

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The Lincoln Memorial is one of those things that you see on TV, but you really can't get a good sense of the monument from still pictures. That may seem strange because it is 'a statue' but being in the Memorial is really more awe-inspiring than I would have imagined.You climb up the steps to the Memorial, and you look out at the Washington Memorial and the reflecting pool. It is an amazing view. Then you enter the Lincoln Memorial. The statue of Lincoln is of course huge and impressive that way, but just as impressive is how everyone in the Memorial is respecting the silence. There are a few hushed whispers and footfalls, but people are there to do more than be tourists and it shows.T...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 26, 2006

Lincoln Memorial
West Potomac Park
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 426-6895