On Why I Love DC
I love love love this city!
I joke it's because I like white marble. There's a lot of that here! I do like what the white marble represents - ideals, Rome and politics. Most of the white marble buildings were built before the United States grew into them, and I adore those aspirations.
I also love discussing politics with the smartest cab drivers anywhere. They can debate not only because they listen to NPR all day but often have advanced degrees from universities in other countries. I love hearing different languages on the street corner. And watching the World Cup here.
I learn a lot - information is in the air here and is the currency. I love that too because I value learning.
On Places to Play
Hear jazz at Blues Alley.
Row in the Potomac from Thompson Boat Center.
Watch a film at the West End Cinema.
Drink a scotch and share secrets at Rosewood's Rye Bar.
Stroll along the new Wharf, which is amazing.
On Places I Adore
The National Cathedral & the Bishops Garden.
The Library of Congress.
The Mall (excepting the World War II Memorial).
Great Falls - the falls are powerful, stunning & healing.
National Portrait Gallery (see Barack & Michelle's portraits!).
The Smithsonian, especially the Sackler and Freed Galleries.
The Labyrinth in the Georgetown Waterfront Park.
On Places to Learn
Take a class at the Smithsonian through their Resident Associates Program.
Listen to an author read or just cozy up with a book at Politics and Prose.
Try some yoga or take a workshop at Flow Yoga Center created by my friend Debra Mishalove.
Ask a question at 6th and I.
Check out the Folger Shakespeare Library.
See an exhibit at the National Geographic Museum.
Discover the history of spies at the amazing Spy Museum.
On How to Hunt
Complete my scavenger hunt around the White House! I developed this scavenger hunt for my 9 nieces and nephews (ages 9-16) to do over Easter Weekend 2014. Map for the hunt is free. The answer key is available upon request.
On How to Watch Congressional Testimony
When important witness testify before Congress, such as former FBI director James Comey, then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and then-Supreme Court nominee (now Justice) Brett Kavanaugh, DC bars open early. Liquor can’t be served until 11 am, but the camaraderie is tangible and fun. Here’s the latest notice about taverns and bars that are opening earlier for Trump’s former fixer Michael Cohen from our local news site DCist.
On favorite scenes
Here are just a sampling of some of my favorite moments and scenes in my home town.