Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/10/25

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Washington DC
From: Nathan Wajsman <>
Date: Fri, 26 Oct 2001 07:05:40 +0200
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Brian Reid wrote:

> In my opinion the best thing to visit in Washington, by far, is the FDR memorial.
> I lived in Washington for 20 years and I've been back dozens of times, both on business and with student groups. The FDR memorial hadn't been built yet when I lived there, so I didn't really know about it until an organized trip took me there. I was spellbound.

I have not seen it yet. But one additional place I would recommend is the Holocaust Museum. It is very interesting. One of the most chilling experiences is at the very beginning of the visit when you go to the top floor in a large metal elevator, and the elevator operator
informs you that this is an actual piece of a concentration camp and tells you how many people the Germans actually put into this space. But there are also a few bright spots, for example the rescue of the Danish Jews in 1943 is commemorated.

> I like the walk up 14th Street, from Thomas Circle to Irving Street. Not for the faint of heart (it's what some people would call a 'bad neighborhood') but it always makes me happy every time I walk it. About 10 years ago I did this walk on New Year's Eve. What a thrill.

My last visit to Washington was about 7-8 years ago, also around New Year. I walked around late one night; it was very cold and the Mall was deserted, except for the occasional homeless person. Quite disconcerting.

But it is a very nice city and I can only second the recommendation to explore the neighborhoods and not just the monuments and famous buildings.


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