.All Trips / D.C. / North America / Southeastern USA

Washington D.C. — Our National Treasures

Washington D.C

I am not a fan of politics or most politicians.  For years the political mess I’d see in Washington D.C. literally kept me from wanting to visit the city — perhaps for fear some of the mess would rub off on me.  Still, as a patriotic citizen I felt compelled to visit our National Capitol someday and see its well-known landmarks — highlighted so often on television and in films such asNational Treasure.  When a major medical meeting I wanted to attend held its annual conference in D.C. it finally seemed an appropriate time for a visit.  And I’m glad we finally went.

Washington D.C. is a great and world class city that’s well worth a visit (or two).  I can’t think of any city in …

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Ottawa – NOT the coldest Capital in the world!

Ottawa – NOT the coldest Capitol in the world!

Ottawa is a vibrant and charming small city — so pleasant that it’s hard to believe it’s home to soooo many politicians.  Of the national capitols I’ve visited, Ottawa seems the most livable to me (ie. if I had to live in political city, I’d probably choose Ottawa).  I like Ottawa as a travel destination — big enough, but not sprawling, with a compact central area that’s easy to visit and walk around in.  Besides Parliament Hill, it has lots of museums and parks, plenty of things to see and do and a good selection of pubs and restaurants.  It’s very near nature and has a youthful energy.

Ottawa does have two serious drawbacks 1) It’s filled with politicians and those who “work” for the government  2) It …

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