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Capitol Hill

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  • Day15

    Library of Congress

    November 14, 2017 in the United States

    Wow! It was amazing and we only got to spend a short amount of time there before it closed. The reading room was awesome and their collection size is... 16 million books and 120 million other items! It is definately the library of record for the US if not the world. We also got a personal tour from Rod, a library docent who was clearly about to leave for the day but insisted on giving us the highlights tour (I think because he loved Aussies and Bek told him I was a librarian!). The library of Congress holds one of only 3 copies of the Gutenberg Bible that is both complete, and printed in vellum (made from calf skin) from 1455. A pretty amazing place for a librarian to visit!Read more

  • Day47

    Out of many, one

    November 14, 2017 in the United States

    Today included a Whitehouse tour (East wing), Capitol tour and sat in the gallery of in-session senate and house of reps, and Congress library (where we were lucky enough to get a private tour with docent on his way out who we just got chatting to...and became highlight of my day)...
    Capitol and Congress library were very very impressive

  • Day16

    Hullo Washington

    May 15, 2017 in the United States

    Temperature change, thank goodness. Arrived at union Station to sunshine, short 10 min walk uphill to our 'luxury' airbnb. What a contrast to New York, our accommodation is great, close to loads of lovely restaurants.

  • Day17

    Hop on Hop off - Washington

    May 16, 2017 in the United States

    Great hop on hop off bus today sussing out what we want to visit the next couple of days. Arlington Cemetery to visit JFK gravesite & the eternal flame. Changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown was amazing. Next stop Lincoln Memorial. Well worth the climb up the steps (with millions of others) to look down on the reflecting pool and across to the Washington Monument.

  • Day17

    Capitol Hill

    May 16, 2017 in the United States

    Little walk down our road is Capitol Hill so off we toddled this morning to join the crowds. We managed join a tour immediately, right time, right place!!! Architecture is amazing, no words can describe it really, absolutely beautiful. Our guide was great, passionate about the history of his country and worth listening to. From there we went to the Museum of American Indian History, fascinating. A short stroll to the Space Museum which was amazing, so many exhibits, plus so many people . Think everyone was inside for the air conditioning as it is so hot here. Tomorrow is going to be worse - 34degrees.Read more

  • Day24

    Bocce Ball, Aquatic Garden, and Burning

    August 15 in the United States

    Bob’s bocce ball team, Joanie Loves Bocce, won their match on Tuesday night. I tried my hand at the game. It was kinda fun.

    We took the bus up to U Street. Crazy dude on the bus called Bob and I and the other white folks “crackers” and was quoting old tv shows. Very bizarre. One of the many reasons I never took the bus in DC when I lived here. Too much adventure for me.

    Today we went to one of my favorite hidden DC spots, the Aquatic Gardens, located on the other side of the Anacostia river. The lily pads and flowers were beautiful. Such a special treat.

    The Renwick Gallery had an amazing Burning Man exhibit. The interactive installations were great. We did a virtual reality tour on Black Rock City (Burning Man City). Cool.

    We walked tons making our way by the White House, Trump Hotel at the Old Post Office, sculpture garden, botanical garden, and lots of other sights. We found the statue of Mayor Marion Barry under wraps. Bob was able to get a good shot under the plywood.

    Dinner at the house. More fun for the whole week!
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  • Day25

    Walking, Portraits, & the Wizard of Oz

    August 16 in the United States

    It was a 24,000 steps day. We walked all over SW DC that was non-existent when I lived here. Whole neighborhoods have been created that were rather unsavory and where I would dance the night away at the gay clubs. Incredible transformation.

    Bob suggested the Portrait Gallery. Saw all the Presidents, Michelle, and the women Supremes. They spotlighted 1968 - a consequential year. The whole gallery was great.

    We capped off the night with an outdoor showing of Wizard of Oz. It is better on the big screen.
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  • Day26

    Library of Congress and ERA Friends

    August 17 in the United States

    I got a personal behind-the-scenes tour of the Library of Congress by Bob (a former staffer). This amazing book-lovers dream is a glorious architectural and art-filled wonder. I saw the stacks, the actual card catalogs, and the reading room. Not usually on the tourist list. But go.

    We stopped in at Representative Blumenauer’s and Senators Wyden and Merkley’s offices to lobby and say hello. They have PDX carpet! Non-Oregonian’s don’t get it.

    I had dinner with people I worked with from as early as1979! Barbara Helmick started the first canvassing operations in the country. I canvassed for Women’s Resources for Action to elect ERA-supporting women candidates. Today she works for DC statehood. Wyden is not a co-sponsor. Why? Two Democratic Senators, people!

    Mary Jean Collins ran the Illinois campaigns in 1980 and 1982 to try to pass the ERA. She has been one of the most influential women in my life. She taught me how to fight, be strategic, and enjoy the journey. And keep going. At 78 she is still as vital and fun as ever.

    Chris Riddiough, Judy Nedrow and I helped integrate the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club that was all white gay men back in the early 80’s. I met them both in Chicago in 1982 working and volunteering for NOW.

    It was a delightful evening sharing old stories and hearing about who was doing what now. Earlier in the day Bob and I went to the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument. I got to see original banners and displays about the brutal fight for women’s suffrage. The British and American women were beaten, force-fed, and tortured in their quest for the vote - and still they persisted.
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  • Day27

    MLK Jr Memorial, East Wing, and American

    Yesterday in the United States

    Started the day on the terrace for breakfast with Bob and his building neighbors. Weather is sticky even at 10am. I still just sweat it out and took a BikeShare ride to the MLK Jr Memorial. It was, frankly, boring. Monotone color stone, several carved quotes, it just seemed unimaginative. I guess I expected something that would show the brilliance of the man.

    I biked back to the mall and had lunch at the National Art museum. Afterwards, I wandered over to the American Indian Museum. Great exhibition.

    I biked back to Bob’s for dinner and out again to stroll around the neighborhood. Gelato was involved.

    Tomorrow we have more fun, fun planned.
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  • Day2

    US Kapitol (Washington D.C.)

    July 30 in the United States

    Heute früh geht es für uns zuerst zum Kapitol. Wir holen uns unterwegs einen Kaffee und machen uns weil wir noch ausreichend Zeit haben zu Fuß auf den Weg dort hin (ca. 4,5 km) Zu Fuß erlebt man eine Stadt einfach am Besten. 👣
    Am Kapitol angekommen tauschen wir die reservierten Tickets gegen die original Tickets ein und nutzen die halbe Stunde die uns bis zum Tourstart verbleibt um zu frühstücken. Die Tour beginnt mit einem 13 minütigen Film, gefolgt von einer halbstündigen Tour. Leider umfasst die Tour nur zwei offizielle Räume, aber wir wollen ja nicht meckern, schließlich ist auch diese (wie so vieles in Washington) völlig kostenlos. :)Read more

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