Washington, D.C. Journals

Business Trip to Washington D.C.

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A May 2007 trip to Washington, D.C. by mh75

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Quote: Touring the Capitol after the workday ends.

Business Trip to Washington D.C.

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Jefferson Monument Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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Although this was a work trip, I made time each afternoon to walk around a bit, snap some photos, and visit some of the great sites that the city has to offer and see some of the great artifacts that this country was founded on. After the first days work, there was plenty of time in the afternoon to go to the National Archives to see the Charters of Freedom, which are more commonly known as the Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution, and Bill of Rights. That was an incredible feeling to see these documents up close. After workday number two, I toured downtown and the National Mall area where I saw the Washington Monument, World War II Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Wa...Read More

Cafe Berlin

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Restaurant

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If you have read any of my other journals, you know of my affinity for Germany and the cuisine due to my wife being from there. So naturally, I sought out a German restaurant while I was in D.C. The one that I found did not disappoint. Actually, there were quite a few, but I opted for this one on the side of Capitol Hill. The menu was not overly extensive to the point that you could not make a decision. I quickly narrowed my choices down between two meals and then asked the waiter for his recommendation between the two. I ordered the Jägerschnitzel with spätzle and had a liter of Warsteiner on the side. The food was absolutely great and was very authentic. The waiter was very good and did not hover, y...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 28, 2007

Cafe Berlin
322 Massachusetts Ave Northeast
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 543-7656

U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

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Attraction | "The National Archives and Records Administration"

U.S. National Archives and Records Administration Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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I had to see the Declaration of Independence. That was a must see since I was going to be in D.C. Due to the age and condition of the documents housed at the Archives, light is kept at a minimum at just two candlepower. Very dim, but it has to be that way. If you have a camera that you can use without flash, you can snap photos and they will turn out, but you won't get much detail and they will be very dark.But seeing the Charters of Freedom is worth more that what the pictures won't show. The Charters also include the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Although they are aged and not in good condition, they are something that you should take the time to see. I believe that their co...Read More

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U.S. National Archives and Records Administration
700 Pennsylvania Avenue, Nw
Washington, DC 20408
(202) 357-5350

U.S. Capitol Building

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Attraction

U.S. Capitol Building Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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While I was in D.C., I had a prearranged tour of the Capitol Building. This was very interesting. The inside is very ornate and filled with history, as well as statues. There are two statues per state on exhibit and this gives the place a museum feel to it. If you have the time, I would also recommend observing the proceedings on the Senate Floor or the House of Representatives to see you tax dollars at work. Quite an eye-opener to say the least. You will take away a belief that any pay raise that you ever receive from that day forward is warranted after you see these groups in action. But all kidding aside, it is fascinating to watch the ceremony and tradition unfold in front of you as these ...Read More

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U.S. Capitol Building
Capitol Hill
Washington, DC
(202) 225-6827

Lincoln Memorial

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Attraction | "Abraham Lincoln Memorial"

Lincoln Memorial Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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Setting at the west end of the National Mall, this monument is one awe-inspiring tribute to one of America's greatest Presidents. Deceptive in its size, from afar, it does look large, but as you get closer, you are struck by the size of the seated statue of Lincoln and the inside of the memorial itself. Words from Lincoln himself are set into the walls on either side of the statue from his Second Inaugural Address as well as the Gettysburg Address. Listen while inside the memorial though and you will hear silence lest the footsteps of those around you. Solemn in its tribute, the memorial begs for silence as its tribute to the man known as Lincoln.Upon walking out of the memorial, you a...Read More

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

National World War II Memorial

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Attraction

National World War II Memorial Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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One of the newest Memorials in Washington D.C. having only been dedicated on Memorial Day 2004, the WWII Memorial is a beautiful tribute to the men and women who served and to those who died in the greatest struggle in the 20th century. Ground was broken for the Memorial in September 2001 at the former site of the Rainbow Pool and construction was completed three years later. At the center of the Memorial is a pool with a fountain in the middle and granite opposing arches on either end. The North Arch is dedicated to the Atlantic Theater of the war and the South Arch is dedicated to the Pacific Theater. With pillars for every state and U.S. territory that committed troops to the fighting, the ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 29, 2007

National World War II Memorial
Constitution Avenue And 15th Street, Nw
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 426-6841

Korean War Veterans Memorial Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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Dedicated in 1995 to the men and women who fought in the first U.N. combined effort in Korea, the Memorial is a eerie and stark reminder of our involvement in the Korean War. The main portion of the monument is nineteen stainless steel figures that represent the four services in a "patrol" type set-up as if moving through the field. Each statue is over seven foot tall and weigh over 1,000 pounds apiece. The details in their construction, especially the facial features is what makes them almost speak to the viewer though. Wearing ponchos and almost stalking forward, the statues are very powerful and moving. From the back, it is interesting to see that it almost appears as though one of the soldiers on ...Read More

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Korean War Veterans Memorial
French Drive SW
Washington, D.C., United States 20024

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

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Attraction | "The Vietnam Veterans Memorial"

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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Dedicated in 1982 to those who served and died in the Vietnam War, The Wall has been nicknamed "the wall that heals." Set into the ground and rising from the Lincoln Memorial end to the its plunge back into the ground at the Washington Monument end, the black granite wall is a modest and profound memorial to the Vietnam veterans, both alive and dead.With over 58,250 names etched into the black granite, the wall constantly has people looking for and shading names of friends and family off of the wall onto paper as a reminder of their sacrifice. Perpetually lining the bottom of the wall is flowers, pictures and letters to those who lost their lives in the conflict left by friends and family....Read More

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Bacon Drive and Constitution Avenue
Washington, D.C., United States
(202) 426-6841

Washington Monument

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Attraction

Washington Monument Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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One of the most recognized and most visible monuments in the Washington D.C. area, the Washington Monument stands over 555 foot tall between the National Mall and the Reflecting Pool. Construction began in 1848 from white marble quarried from Maryland and Massachusetts, the Monument was completed and opened in 1888. Named after the father of the country, many people thought that the effort was an attempt to deify the first President of the country. Although it wasn't, the monument is testimony in its size and prowess to many of the qualities that Washington exhibited.Peeking over the building scape of most of Washington, the monument really does look over the entire city from its location to t...Read More

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

National Mall & Memorial Parks

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Attraction | "National Mall"

National Mall & Memorial Parks Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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The National Mall in Washington D.C. is a wonderful walking tour that you can take without having to pay for a tour service. With nice weather in the spring and fall, it is also a way to get some exercise while on vacation or business. There always seems to be something going on at the Mall. Whether it is simply other walkers and joggers or preparation for a festival or concert, the Mall consistently attracts attention. The views that you will see of many of the major D.C. landmarks are enough of an endorsement though. Although approximately 2.5 miles long from the U.S. Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial, if you make a morning or afternoon of the walk, you will be amazed with what all you...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 29, 2007

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