Washington DC in a Nutshell:
Travelling it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller. – Ibn Battuta
Whenever I visit new cities, one thing I do is to try and find a few unique things to do in the evenings. I start by asking Mr Google for directions and for some iconic places of interest to visit. I always like to know the tourist attractions of any destination I travel to even before my arrival in such a place. Besides fun activities and an adventure on local foodies of the land, I like doing a bit of ‘nerding’ out in Museums to check out antiques and artefacts. These things fascinate me and I love to have good collages of photographs as souvenirs for the future. It’s hard to share the dozens of photos I’ve so far gathered on this platform. It will definitely take up the whole space in my blog as well.
I’ve been to many cities and a few of them captured my curiosity more than the others. I know that I will never get tired to return to these cities. I have an inherent admiration for Paris, France, which I admit frantically. The love started way back as a kid when I first heard the slogan “See Paris and Die”. As a young girl, I wondered why but now I know that it was a figure of speech that translates differently in reality. Paris is beautiful no doubt, and I’d urge anyone who has the privilege to travel, to visit the City of Light and Love. And thank me later. Haha.
But I digressed.
Washington D.C. is one of the most fascinating cities to visit in the United States of America. It is one of the hottest travel destinations in the world. Washington DC attracts not just vacationers but also a lot of business and political enthusiasts. Besides its important statue as the political hub and capital of the US, it stands out in outlook and posture. Washington D.C. is a city replete with history and patriotism. This energetic urban metropolis boasts of tons of free Smithsonian Museums and stunning attractions. I was amazed that one can walk in freely into any museum and walk out rich with historical facts and cultural knowledge of the United States. I love that free part so intimately although there are other museums that are not free entries.
On this year summer vacation, I’ve had such amazing highs with beautiful friends, family members and new acquaintances. Not forgetting the tasteful delectable foodies that filled my stomach with sweetness. Even though I was in DC last Autumn, I had a better outing this year because summertime is best suited for travelling. And this time, I explored DC and the Virginia Axis with glee and joy. And I had such a memorable outing.
Washington DC is a city to walk through. I’d recommend the early hours of the morning or eventide when it is easier to take a walk in the coolness of the weather. Of importance is that you wear your walking shoes. Biko, no slay queen status here with 6-inch heels else, you will freak out and stagger to the grounds with your over sabi mumu. You don’t want to feel sorry for yourself after a few steps when you get exhausted due to the long walk. Yes, the walk is not from your bedroom to your bathroom. No. It’s no kid’s play but it’s worth the exercise.
There are two reasons why walking sounds more interesting to me. First, you have the advantage to get an amazing overview and feel the grandeur of the city. And second, photography is best in the morning or evening times and that’s a motivating factor that fascinates me. And as you walk through the corridors of the city, you click away at the magnificent architectural edifices along the way. And the effect derived from the natural light enhances the quality of the pictures. Trust me to click away at even the graffitis and garbage stands in the metropolis.
Certainly, one will be exhausted after the long ramble. But not to worry, there are plenty of superb places and tons of shops and outdoor markets to patronize for exclusive items, and for foods and drinks to chill down.
So, what are the tourist attractions in Washington DC, you’d ask? Many of them, of course! I mean, a handful of exotic structures and landmarks litter the bubbling Capital of the United States.
Watch out for the next part of this series on Washington DC and loads of photos to go along.
To travel is to live. – Hans Christian Andersen
Peace and Love!
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