Washington DC Information
The scale of the US capital is suitably grand, with wide boulevards and a glorious wealth of monuments and historic sites. Venture into storied neighborhoods like Georgetown and Adams Morgan, get lost in the Smithsonian’s labyrinth of awe-inspiring museums, or just bask in the city’s lovely swathes of green.
Washington has always been a bookish town – an impressive number of riders on the Metro on any given morning have their noses buried in books. This is even more the case in this age of the Washington political biography (or hagiography), government agency tell-all, or partisan diatribe. It seems that nearly everyone who’s anyone in D.C. has a book to promote, yet the Book Festival manages to be far more than a gussied-up book promotional tour. Instead, it’s an egalitarian slice of what America likes to read, with a respectful nod toward writers who have shaped public policy and influenced the way Americans think.
The Lincoln Memorial is one of those things that you see on TV, but you really can’t get a good sense of the monument from still pictures. That may seem strange because it is ‘a statue’ but being in the Memorial is really more awe-inspiring than I would have imagined. You climb up the steps to the Memorial, and you look out at the Washington Memorial and the reflecting pool. It is an amazing view. Then you enter the Lincoln Memorial. The statue of Lincoln is of course huge and impressive that way, but just as impressive is how everyone in the Memorial is respecting the silence. There are a few hushed whispers and footfalls, but people are there to do more than be tourists and it shows.