The Magical History Tour Takes to the Water-Washington DC

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Real Estate Agent with Integrity Real Estate Group

GondolaSo have you recovered from all of the walking on the last round of the Magical History Tour?  Did you remember to hold on to your ticket?  Today we are going to take a little different mode of transportation for our tour.  We are going to head out on the little Potomac River to get a different view of the area.

First we might not want to make the Potomac River angry by calling it little.  In reality it is 380 miles long, starting from a spring in West Virginia and flowing all the way to the Chesapeake Bay.  Along the way it picks up waters from other of tributaries and provides for some dare devil kayaking at Great Falls.  Now we won't ever be Venice, but who wants all of that pizza and pasta when you can have Chesapeake Bay crabs anyway?

 

 

So hop in to your gondola, remember only two to a boat and let's head past some of the views that you can see from Potomac River.  We are going to start our tour before dark at the Theodore Roosevelt Island an 88 acre nature reserve that seems to be one of those secret places that not too many folks know exists.  As you walk through the island you will come upon a magnificent courtyard with a bronze statue of Teddy Roosevelt surrounded by four beautiful stone tablets with favorite Roosevelt sayings.  "There is delight in the hardy life of the open" (African Game Trails, 1910).  Take a little time to enjoy this little piece of paradise and then we will head on down the river to take in some of the sights of Washington as the sunsets.

 

 

Kennendy CenterAlright what else can find along the waterway as we head down river? If you look to your left, no I said your left, you will see the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts where you can catch great plays, symphonies and if you are lucky score a rooftop seat of the fireworks on the 4th of July.

 Memorial Bridge

 

As we keep moving we are going come under the Memorial Bridge and see the sunset starting to reflect off the Lincoln Memorial. The memorial was built starting in 1914 and was opened in 1922.  Designed after the Parthenon in Athens the 36 columns represent the number of states in the union at the time Lincoln was assonated. Famous for not only honoring our 16th US President but also where Martin Luther King stood and made his famous "I have a Dream Speech" in 1963. 

Lincoln Memorial at NightLincoln's imposing figure sitting on the throne looks out across the reflecting pool to the WWII Memorial and Washington Monument

 WWII Memorial

 

Jefferson MemorialNow that it is getting dark we are going to take one last stop before our surprise dinner.  Seeing Washington DC at night gives you an entirely different perspective of the city.  Most people who tour the area only think about coming out during the day.  However take a look at the Jefferson Memorial bathed in light. 

The decision to build a memorial to Jefferson was the idea of FDR and after a number of design proposals it was finally decided to build a structure that reflected buildings that Jefferson himself had designed using Monticello, Jefferson's home in Virginia and the Pantheon in Rome as guides.  The road to getting the memorial built had many trials and tribulations and even though the dedication happened in 1943 the bronze statue of Jefferson did not arrive until four years later.   Opps!

 

 

crab cake

Now is anyone hungry?  Great then let me introduce you to one of the venerable Washington DC seafood establishments.  Phillips Seafood House has been in our area forever, okay maybe not forever but it seems like it.  We can pull our boat up and hop out to feast on crab cakes.  Trust me if you haven't had a Chesapeake Bay Crab cake made with the special Phillips Bay Seasoning then you haven't been to our area.  We won't be traveling back to the hotel by boat  after you eat as we might sink!

So thanks for taking the Washington DC Memorial Tour with us today.  Don't forget to tip your gondola driver and hey remember hold on to your ticket we have lots more to cover before the tour guide gives it a rest!

 

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If you just joined us today.  You can read the guide book from another part of the The Magical History Tour-Historic Churches right here.

 

 

 

 

 

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Photos from IStock Photos

 

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Marc Grossman
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Cindy,  Nice photos and localism post.  I like that tour idea, wish we had something of the sort.
Feb 04, 2008 11:14 AM #4
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CINDY - I like the way that you tie in the tourism with a restaurant recommendation.  Very clever!
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You did an excellent job of making me want to be back in D.C.!  Thanks, Cindy!
Feb 04, 2008 08:13 PM #6
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Cindy, what a great river tour of our area!  If you have any spare time, you could be a tour operator on one of those boats like the Dandy.  It's been years since I went over to Theodore Roosevelt Island, a beautiful little oasis away from that Rosslyn urban jungle.
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Brian-I took one of the grey line DC tours once and knew I had a calling :-)  They only problem is that I might actually have the facts right which this guy didn't.  The tourists didn't know but the natives did!

Feb 04, 2008 11:34 PM #8
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Lenn-your part of our area is absolutely beautiful.  Sometimes when we live in a city such as DC we forget how amazing it really is.  Thanks for taking the tour.
Feb 04, 2008 11:50 PM #9
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Cory-come on over and visit OUR Washington!  Though yours is great too!
Feb 04, 2008 11:51 PM #10
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Benjamin-there are some great things for kids to do as well.  The spy museum always brings out the fun!
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Adam-we all have to eat sometime and I know how the tourists (and the natives) get restless when they aren't fed.  Thanks for coming by!
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Eric-come on back.  I won't take you out on a gondola but how about a duck boat tour?
Feb 04, 2008 11:54 PM #13
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Marc-I believe your area has a few "little" attractions of its own!
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Cindy -- I worked on a music project at the Smithsonian American Museum of Natural History back in the late 1980's.  We put together a performance there with members of the National Symphony and Kennedy Center Opera.  The musical instrument exhibit at the Smithsonian is awesome!
Feb 05, 2008 12:18 AM #15
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OK, it's not Venice.... BUT.. the Monuments at night are quite a site to see indeed!  The look so peaceful and elegant against the night sky!  I have lived here for years and seen them almost daily; but when I drive by them at night - I am still in awe.
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Cindy, what great local stuff!  It seems like only yesterday that I got a horrible case of poison ivy on Roosevelt Island!  It was my freshman year of college!  I think we should do crabs for lunch someplace!
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James-when I worked in town I drove across the Memorial Bridge every day.  It never ceased to amaze me how inspiring it was to look at the Lincoln Memorial in the morning light.  At night it can sometimes take your breath away.  Thanks for stopping by.
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Patricia-I just have to be within 5 miles of one posion ivy leaf and I'm doomed.  Lunch time crabs sound like a great idea.
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Cindy,

This is such a brilliant idea for introducing the history of your area....I really felt like I was on a tour. You'd make an amazing tour guide!

Beautiful sights along the way....now I really want to visit,

Jo 

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Jo-Anne-when you feel like getting out of the cold come on down to visit.  No gondolas but we do have duck tours and I'll be glad to show you around too!
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Wonderful historical perspective!
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Danita-thanks for your comment and taking the tour.
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