Tag Archives: Washington D.C.

The Ghosts of Christmas 2013

Bah, humbug? Not to 2013! No way. Once again, this was a wonderfully fantastic year for me when it comes to travel. There’s always a lot to be thankful for, but I’m feeling particularly fortunate this holiday season. Why’s that? Because of so many amazing experiences this past year… I wasted no time getting away […]

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Capture the Color 2013 #CTC13

My blogger friend Traveling Ted nominated me for Capture the Color 2013, a sort of chain blogging event. The deal is to post pictures with one of five colors – blue, green, red, white, and yellow – and write a little something about each. I decided to limit my photos and blurbs to travels I’ve […]

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The Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns: A Photo Essay

Today, Memorial Day, I’d like to take a moment to honor the Old Guard, those who protect the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery outside Washington, D.C. The changing of the guard ceremony, while quite simple, is one of the most moving displays I have witnessed in my travels. I commemorate it here […]

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A Walk Through the National Art Gallery

The National Gallery of Art was one of many attractions in Washington, D.C. that I circled early on as something I really wanted to see. I didn’t know what was there – any of the artists who have works on display – but instinctively assumed it would be good. But I was wrong. It wasn’t […]

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Touring Ford’s Theatre in Washington, DC

I stood outside Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C., the place where President Abraham Lincoln was shot in April of 1865. I had been there before, as a child, but only had vague memories, a snippet really of standing in the box where the assassination occurred and a flash of a weapon used. My feet carried […]

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Taking a Tour of the U.S. Capitol

I was fooled into booking a standard tour of the U.S. Capitol. After calling my U.S. Representative’s office to arrange all of the details, I thought I was getting the best option. But I was wrong, and didn’t find out until I was already halfway through a tour of at least two dozen people. And […]

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Visiting the Arlington National Cemetery

There are Arlington National Cemetery tours, but I as I walked toward the main entrance I knew I didn’t want one. I preferred the idea of walking the grounds of the vast cemetery on my own. The highlights, which surely would be all I’d see on a tour, are easy enough to find. Anything else, […]

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The Official Guide to the Smithsonian

Last week I wrote two brief guides to visiting the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C. You can read them both here, in part one and part two. But if you really want to explore the Smithsonian, you need to get to the core of all of the goodies in their buildings, then you should pick […]

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