"City of Monuments, Diplomats, and History" Washington D.C. by deecat

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Washington D.C.: A City of Contradictions

"Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world."
George Bernard Shaw

Check out a wonderful Washington D.C. page by Dee (Yaqui)] for much more information.

WASHINGTON D.C., some people say, is really a city with 4 "faces". It's 1st face is the one that we all see as visitors & tourists...the administrative city face. Just think of the power of this Washington with its vast military & bureaucratic machines that run our country. That would include all the Federal workers who live in the city, the Pentagon, the Capitol, &, of course, the White House.

The 2nd face of Washington D.C. is the social city, mostly located in Georgetown, Embassy Row, and Kalorama. The people who inhabit this city have one thing in common: they all have power!

Unfortunately, the 3rd city face is the one that was ONCE called "the murder capitol of the world"...It is 70% African American and is hidden by the powers on high so that tourists never see it. (How sad.) Within the last few years, this face has changed for the better; it is no longer the "murder capitol", and the community has worked long & hard to clean up the "crack" problem.

And, finally, there is the 4th face of Washington which is really located in the suburbs of Chevy Chase, Arlington, Bethesda, and it also includes Marland's Montgomery County and Virginia's Fairfax and Prince George counties.

This is the "Residential & Business" Washington.

For tourists & visitors, the only Washington D.C. they will see is the Washington that I, too, saw.

I noticed that this city closes down early because the powerful politicians dictate Washington's night life. The personality of the President in power determines how "social" the scene is.

But, for we visitors, Washington D.C. is a beautiful city with outstanding & varied architecture from Egyptian, Greek, Victorian and Post-Modern styles The buildings here are great & imposing...Pennsylvania Avenue with its White House, US Capitol & Supreme Court.

Then to the south is the Federal Triangle with the Departments of Justice, Agriculture, the National Archives, Federal Trade Commission, & the Internal Revenue.

Just across the river, you find the Pentagon, & in the Virginia suburbs the CIA headquarters is housed.

One needs plenty of time to see this tourist area, so don't rush your visit.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Historic, Wonderful Architecture, Plenty of Open Spaces
  • Cons:The hidden dangers, lack of much "fine" dining
  • In a nutshell:A City that is Living History
  • Intro Updated Jun 25, 2009
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  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Sep 13, 2011 at 2:25 PM

    Never stop being you Dee~ Every time I come to your wonderful pages I learned something new. Your pages are such a delight!

  • jillzi's Profile Photo
    Aug 31, 2010 at 9:50 AM

    Outstanding pages. Loved the picture of you as a Senior in High School! Very informative. Can't understand why you are not one of the tops on these pages. So personal and meaningful.

  • hopang's Profile Photo
    Jan 3, 2010 at 7:40 AM

    Superb Washington D.C. travel page. Washington certainly has lots of interesting tourist attractions especially the memorials. White House, Capital Building, National Cathedral and Mount Vernon look interesting to visit too. ~ho & pang

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    May 16, 2009 at 3:47 AM

    Me again, checking back for updates since December 18, 2005. You've particularly updated the Intro Page since then, but also one tip. Interesting insights on the Four Faces of Washington -- I've only seen two of them so far.

  • easterntrekker's Profile Photo
    Apr 10, 2009 at 3:31 PM

    We will be in the Washington area soon as we make our way back to Nova Scotia from Florida . Thanks for your tips!

  • kyoub's Profile Photo
    Mar 13, 2009 at 6:56 AM

    Excellent virtual tour. . I enjoyed revisiting DC with you. It has been many years since I was last there, perhaps it is time to go again.

  • Aug 30, 2008 at 4:48 AM

    Excellent web site! Great information, great pictures, everything is great! Keep traveling! volopolo

  • olja1234's Profile Photo
    Apr 19, 2008 at 1:39 PM

    Outstanding page - thank you Dee - you are the best.

  • Mar 24, 2008 at 2:47 PM

    i love yours the best

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Jan 15, 2008 at 8:37 AM

    Hello, Dee! You are right about all those magnificent places! Thanks for your outstanding virtual tour, dear guide!


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