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The National Mall, Washington D.C.: 32 reviews and 30 photos
Favorite thing: The very popular in the USA word "mall" usually goes with "shopping". The mall alone means large space, broad street for pedestrians in an US town. The National Mall is an open-area public park in downtown Washington, D.C. which formally stretches from the grounds of the Washington Monument to the United States Capitol directly to the east. However in spoken language the National Mall also includes area west of the Washington Monument up to the Lincoln Memorial by the Potomac River together with multiple Smithsonian Institution museums and various national monuments and memorials along.
The number of tourist attractions in and around the Mall highly exceeded my expectations and encouraged me to stay longer in DC than I planned in the beginning. That's why I almost skipped Georgia :-( and South Carolina :-( in the end of my Southern Oddysey. Forgive me, Chris (balfor).
The public park didn't look American, never. First of all, to my suprise people kept away off grass and crossed the mall walking on asphalted sidewalks. Maybe they were Europeans, or what? You know, in Europe grass is to amaze and look at while in the USA it's to walk/sit/play on. Is DC Mall European? For sure in this small thing and in all those copied ancient Greek/Roman architecture around the Mall.
Futher on, the meadow with yellow, poor grass (unusual in US parks) was scorched by the sun or it might be damaged before by marching crowds as I was told that the Mall was an attractive site for protests and rallies of all types. Next European custom? As I noticed Americans tends to change "the world" rather changing law than by frightening politicians with large protests and rallies. Their strong local comminities always support something or protest against something trying to influence those in power by numerous votings pro/against as I could easily see in front of many Wal-Mart supermarkets for example.
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