Posts Tagged ‘Washington DC’

The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington DC

IMG_20150901_083125This is an interesting place to visit on the campus of Catholic University.
It is grand, but in no way opulents

Welcome to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is the largest Roman Catholic church in the United States and North
America, and is one of the ten largest churches in the world.
Fulfilling its the Basilica is a place of worship, pilgrimage, evangelization and reconciliation.Designated by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops as a National Sanctuary of Prayer and Pilgrimage, the Basilica is the nation’s preeminent Marian shrine, dedicated to the patroness of the United States—the Blessed Virgin Mary under her title of the Immaculate Conception. It is oftentimes affectionately referred to asAmerica’s Catholic Church.


Tourism, Circulator Bus, Washington DC

Screenshot_2015-08-19-04-40-45If you plan on visiting Washington DC check out the applications that are available. Many of them are done by government organizations like the National Park Service application for the area around the National Mall. Moving around the district check out the Metro system application that provides information about both buses and Metro train. The Smithsonian app for the National Zoo is quite useful even though it didn’t seem that the GPS work quite well enough when I was there. And for Arlington National Cemetery there’s a wonderful app that’ll help you find a particular grave or point you in the right direction to visit many points of interest in the cemetery.


George Mason Memorial, Washington DC

masonOften considered a forgotten Founding Father, Virginia statesman and plantation owner George Mason was an influential participant in the fight for American independence.

His Virginia Declaration of Rights, written in 1776, was the foundation upon which the American Declaration of Independence, adopted on July 4, 1776, was crafted. Both Thomas Jefferson and George Washington credited his influence, with Thomas Jefferson calling him “the wisest man of his generation.” ….


The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Washington DC

rooseveltThe Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial was dedicated on May 2, 1997, by President Bill Clinton, 40 years after the idea was first proposed to Congress. Using elements of stone, water, and unique landscaping, the memorial consists of five outdoor rooms that represent a prologue to the presidency and the four unprecedented terms won by President Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR). Over 4.5 tons of South Dakota red granite and 100,000 gallons of flowing water are used in the memorial.

This place covers a large area along the Tidal Pol. Sections are called “Rooms”. Luckily for those who visit during the summer the area is well shaded. One could spend hours reading the quotes. There is a gift shop.


National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial, Washington DC

pentagonInteresting concept here. Once I read the explanation it all fell into place, but at first glance I was befuddled.  Go to the Pentagon Memorial Website to learn more
The Pentagon Memorial captures that moment in time at 9:37 a.m. when 184 lives became intertwined for eternity.  Each victim’s age and location at the time of the attack have been permanently inscribed into the Memorial by the unique placement and direction of each of the 184 Memorial Units.
Elegant and simple, the Pentagon Memorial serves as a timeline of the victims’ ages, spanning from the youngest victim, three-year-old Dana Falkenberg, who was on board American Airlines Flight 77, to the oldest, John D. Yamnicky, 71, a Navy veteran, also aboard Flight 77 that morning….


The Library of Congress, Washington DC

locThe first and oldest section contains the reading room and any number of exhibits and is the section I will show you in the album. Click on the The Library of Congress to visit the official website and see the many opportunities available online
According to Wikipedia. The Library of Congress is the research library that officially serves the United States Congress, but which is the de facto national library of the United States…..

The National Museum of the American Indian, Washington DC

redskinThe National Museum of the American Indian houses one of the world’s largest and most diverse collections of its kind. The museum’s sweeping curvilinear architecture, its indigenous landscaping, and its exhibitions, all designed in collaboration with tribes and communities from across the hemisphere, combine to give visitors from around the world the sense and spirit of Native America.
This is yet another of the Smithsonian Institution’s fine museums. They know how to do it…..


Korean War Memorial, National Mall, Washington DC

koreaI finally got the change to visit the Korean War Memorial, which to me ia similar to the Vietnam veterans Memorial in that it understated and it has a “wall” of names. I was quite touched at the site.
“The Korean War Memorial was dedicated in 1995, on the 42nd anniversary of the armistice that ended the conflict. The memorial consists of 19 statues of soldiers representing a squad on patrol, drawn from each branch of the Armed Forces…


Google and the Geezer, Android Applications for Washington DC

dc appsGoogle and the Geezer and Android Adventure in Northeast Thailand looked at Android Applications for Thailand and especially Isaan, Northeast Thailand.
If you are going to be in the DC area be sure to download the DC Metrro and Buss Application. Not only does it provide a complete Metro system map, it is invaluable for surface transportation on the extensive DC bus system. Branching out from the Metro provides many, many aditional places to visit using public transportation. Even if you have a vehicle parking in the district is expensive….