DC by night

Trip Start Jun 30, 2008
Trip End Aug 24, 2008

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Saturday, July 12, 2008

After almost two weeks I feel at home in DC. Every day I discover new angles and insights. This week I visited a number of restaurants, parks, museums, libraries and federal buildings. But when my cousin Ruben Vellekoop visited he explained I had not yet seen the real gems of DC. In short: you haven't experienced Washington until you've seen the Jefferson Memorial at night.

Ruben knows his way around Washington. He has a keen understanding of contemporary American politics and a firm opinion on the upcoming elections. Also, Ruben must be one of the very few Dutchmen who openly admits to supporting the Republican Party. Proof that nobody is perfect.

Naturally, I visited the National Mall the night after having dinner with Ruben. Including Jefferson Memorial. I particularly liked the FDR memorial, a proper tribute to the president of presidents. Ruben was right: Washington is splendid, both by day and night. Not only the famous memorials are worth visiting after 10 p.m. Particularly the grand governmental buildings look eerily imposing at night.

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