City Voyeur

I’ve just run and walked a full marathon round arguably the most spectacular of US cities – it’s capital, Washington DC – in preparation for spending the next two days holed up in windowless meeting rooms, discussing all things CARE-like.

It has been a special day of being fixed in a warm and relaxing groove of a place which, since I was last here twenty five years ago, is at ease with itself – even if the political power-makers may not always be, inside Capitol Hill during weekday hours.

Today, however, is a Saturday, and a Saturday drenched in sunshine.  It felt like DC, and its politics, reveled in taking a celebratory day off as a result.

And so, in the spirit of lazy-(days)-ness, my narrative stops here in place of some blatant “Brit abroad” photos.

Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery…the sign kind of gives it away…

The vastness of Arlington is startling

The vastness of Arlington is startling

Hallowed grounds

Hallowed grounds

Lincoln Memorial, Washington Memorial and then Capitol Hill in background

Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument and then Capitol Hill in background

Mr Lincoln

Mr Lincoln

WW2 Memorial

WW2 Memorial

Washington Monument

Washington Monument

Sustenance at a Folk Life Festival on National Mall

Sustenance at a Folk Life Festival on National Mall

Capitol Hill

Capitol Hill

The President's Pad

The President’s Pad

Chinatown

Chinatown

Leafy inner 'burbs

Leafy inner ‘burbs

Me trying to be arty

Me trying to be arty

More sustenance...well, "when in America" and all that...

More sustenance…well, “when in America” and all that…

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8 thoughts on “City Voyeur

  1. Morning Major

    Enjoyed this one this morning – took me back to that post WOCO conference tour when we “travelled” America with you and Matt and Tony & Nadya Aquilina in 1989. Interestingly they are our hosts for Club Euro 89/90’s meeting in Malta in September this year.

    Intrigued by the colour photos – hopefully not taken with the new iPad mini? They have the feel of about 1970 about them?

    Just watched the tail end on Andrew Marr Show and they showed a clip from yesterday’s Glastonbury performance of the Rolling Stones. With an average age of 70 most of them have the appearance of zombies – particularly Charlie Watts) but Mick Jagger was strutting his stuff to “I can’t get no satisfaction” (and at that age he most probably can’t) like a 19 year old on heat. Amazing they can still rock an audience of all ages.

    Hope the time in DC goes well.

    Cheers POPS

    • Indeed, the Stones went down well by all accounts.

      DC is a very different place to what I remember from that ’89’trip! It really is stunning in the sunshine, and yes, new iPad is responsible for the amateur photos…I used an app called ‘analog camera’ which offers you different lenses and opted for the black and white and the “1978” lens, so, your Sherlock antennae are clearly on great form this weekend Pops!

      Off to my windowless meeting room now for rest of the day…

      Lots of love x

  2. MM –you are clearly playing with your new gadget pad and getting all arty, well done. Am particularly glad you made it to Fudruckkers in all its glory and the fixins’, as is said in such an establishment….what would a stop in the states be without a burger like that! Like the photos, particularly of the POTUS pad. xo C.

    • That Fudruckkers’ burger is up there in top 3 of all time!
      And, yes, you quite rightly spotted the fact that I was all over new gadgets last week.
      Safe travels to you now – how is Bali going?
      Tx

  3. DCeeeee!!! A truly awesome city. Don’t forget to stop at Dupont Circle if trying to be “arty” :p Spent many midnights at Kramer Books. Have some great memories of this city. Have fun and take care!
    Sumaira
    CARE Pakistan

    • Thanks Sumaira…
      Am now back in Vietnam after looong hike back but, yes, I found DC a lot of fun and a spectacular city. I can’t say I didn’t miss the more chaotic streets of Saigon though! It’s good to be back.
      Hope all well with you.
      Tim

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