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    Opera Lively Staff Member Top Contributor Member Hoffmann's Avatar
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    Ok, I got through that. OL doesn't seem to like lots of photos.

    Let's see..

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    A photo of downtown Washington, DC during the riots of 1968 (following Martin Luther King, jr's assassination)

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    Dry Cleaner, 14th St, NW until about 1.5 or 2 years ago.

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    Same building, today - the one of the hottest restaurants in Washington.

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    14th St now is one of the centers of the city's nightlife!

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    Old Post Office Building. Look for the two arched windows on the right side of the building - my old office is the arched window on the left.

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    The dramatic interior atrium of the Old Post Office - probably why Donald Trump is about to re-develop the building as a fancy new hotel.

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    Vietnam War Memorial - the name of every casualty is engraved on black granite on the walls to the left.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva) View Post
    That link was indeed broken. I removed it. It didn't correspond to any picture, as Hoffmann had uploaded nine and that link was a tenth one, out of order. I suspect that upon editing he deleted part of that link by mistake.

    It does seem that OL inserts links when we upload too many pictures to the same post. If we re-upload (that is, if we insist) then the software will accept it.

    Probably to avoid this, we need to upload a few then change to another post and continue uploading.
    There is one photo that continues to not be accepted - I'm not sure why. Here is a different shot of the same subject:

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    The Washington Metro (subway) - a startlingly successful design that somehow was implemented. As the system expanded, later stations had to be built with an altered design as the original stations are far too expensive to be built today. Ah, the 1970s!
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    Berkhamsted Castle

    It is more a pile of rubble than a castle but a historical pile of rubble nonetheless that the town people are proud of and enjoy.
    In the summer, families can enjoy picnics within the walls and play ball games and there have even been concert performances in the evenings.

    It is the oldest motte and bailey design castle in England and is on the site of a 10th century Saxon fort.
    King Harold’s men surrendered the keys to London here to William the Conqueror in 1066 (and so we boast, was briefly the capital of England) where he later rebuilt the castle in stone, completed 1087.

    Famous residents have included Richard the Duke of Cornwall (thought to be the richest man in England at that time) who built luxurious apartments, The Black Prince and Thomas Beckett.

    The castle fell into disuse in the 15th Century (tough economic situation?) and the stone was plundered.

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    I live in Calgary, Alberta.





    City is most famous of course for its Stampede featuring parades, rodeos, chuckwagon races, grandstand shows, etc:



    This gives Calgary its "Cowtown" reputation but in the 51 weeks of the year that are not Stampede Calgary is a very cosmopolitan city of considerable ethnic diversity where you are more likely to run into people wearing hijabs than cowboy hats.



    Calgary is known for its high standard of living, being cold, its oil-endowed affluence, and extreme cleanliness.

    Most international visitors come for the obscene natural beauty of nearby Banff. Great hiking in the summer and skiing inthe winter.

    Doch dieses Wörtlein: und, -wär' es zerstört,
    wie anders als mit Isoldes eignem Leben wär' Tristan der Tod gegeben?

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    What a beautiful place.

    And howdy neighbour.

    I was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (though moved here when I was 5 years old so very little memory).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Couchie View Post
    I live in Calgary, Alberta.





    City is most famous of course for its Stampede featuring parades, rodeos, chuckwagon races, grandstand shows, etc:



    This gives Calgary its "Cowtown" reputation but in the 51 weeks of the year that are not Stampede Calgary is a very cosmopolitan city of considerable ethnic diversity where you are more likely to run into people wearing hijabs than cowboy hats.



    Calgary is known for its high standard of living, being cold, its oil-endowed affluence, and extreme cleanliness.

    Most international visitors come for the obscene natural beauty of nearby Banff. Great hiking in the summer and skiing inthe winter.

    Fantastic pics!!

    and

    WELCOME BACK GREEN MONSTER!!!
    "Every theatre is an insane asylum, but an opera theatre is the ward for the incurables."

    FRANZ SCHALK, attributed, Losing the Plot in Opera: Myths and Secrets of the World's Great Operas

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    I recently started a thread "Happy 3 Days Before Spring", when Washington was the proud recipient of about 6 inches of snow.

    Well, today was a gorgeous spring day, so during my walk this afternoon, I took a couple of photos that highlight one of the phenomena for which Washington is famous:

    Cherry Blossoms.

    The Cherry blossoms are at their peak at the moment - they are extremely fragile, so due to wind, rain, etc. events, frequently don't survive to their peak. Thus, today was kind of a rare day and your fearless Hoffmann (all the while listening to the Janowski/Klaus Florian Vogt Lohengrin) waded into the thick of tourist battle to bring you a few modest photos:

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    That is really beautiful, Hoffmann, and glad your spring seems to be happening!

    We are mid-autumn here and the temperature still around 23C.
    Natalie

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    Beautiful photos Hoffmann.
    "Every theatre is an insane asylum, but an opera theatre is the ward for the incurables."

    FRANZ SCHALK, attributed, Losing the Plot in Opera: Myths and Secrets of the World's Great Operas

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    Yesterday was a stunningly beautiful late spring day with low humidity and a temperature of about 25 C/77 F. I took my camera along on my walk and snapped some of the sights along this route, which has become my favorite, and is about 9.5 miles long:

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    I cross the street here, which is around the corner from my house. The house sort of left center, with the gazebo-like structure belonged to Anna Cooper, a professor at Howard University, who was born a slave and died in 1964. Anna Cooper was featured on a U.S. commemorative stamp last year.

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    This gives something of a sense of the changing face of rapidly gentrifying Washington, DC. The construction in the left foreground is new luxury apartments - across the street from a few remaining crumbling shops and a social services organization providing services to the poor.

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    A block up the street is the renovated O Street Market (dating to 1881), now complete with upscale grocery store, condos, apartments, hotel and, of course...Starbucks.

    Here is what it looked like about 2 or so years ago:

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    Continuing on through Chinatown (which now is about as Chinese as I am...), maybe a mile or so, to the National Mall and environs:

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    The National Archives, housing the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Looking down Constitution Avenue, past the Archives, are the federal government office buildings comprising the Federal Triangle, dating to the 1930s.


    I am meeting a friend for lunch, so will complete the tour later this afternoon.

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    Where did I leave off?

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    The Smithsonian Castle, located on on the National Mall, was designed by architect James Renwick, and completed in 1855 (Renwick also designed St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York). James Smithson was born in Paris, ca 1765, the illegitimate son of Hugh Percy, 1st Duke of Northumberland; he was later naturalized in England. Smithson was the founding donor of what became the Smithsonian Institution. Although he died in Genoa and was buried there in 1829, his remains were removed to Washington and interred in the Castle in 1904.

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    View of the south front (rear) of the White House across the Ellipse. The police car blocking access to the road network within the complex is one of an enormous omnipresent force throughout the city since 9-11.

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    Walking along Constitution Avenue.

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    World War II Memorial; opened to the public in 2004. All of the museums and memorials along the Mall are built with private funds. The federal government donates the land, but the funding is the responsibility of private citizens. The Memorial is not my favorite piece of architecture in the city by a long shot, but was long overdue and serves the purpose.

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    Just on the other side of the WWII Memorial, the approach to the Lincoln Memorial alongside the Reflecting Pool.

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    The Lincoln Memorial was located in the middle of a traffic circle when I first moved to Washington in the 70s. The paving stones are where the road once was.

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    Lincoln is near and dear to the hearts of Americans.

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    An important viewpoint. Impossible photo - Washington was awash in tourists over the weekend. I'm not complaining - it's good that people are interested in visiting the Capital.

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    Walkway alongside the Potomac River, looking toward the Georgetown waterfront. The Kennedy Center is off to the right across the Rock Creek Parkway.

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    Just around the bend is the infamous Watergate complex, comprising both offices and residences.

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    Running right along a couple of miles, is the Old Executive Office Building, housing White House staff and located next to the White House. Known to locals as the OEOB, it was built in 1871 - 1888 in the Second French Empire style, and survived efforts to tear it down in 1957.

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    The cabana-like structures are where the White House reporters report from, with a good angle to the White House in the background. The low rise white building in left center is the West Wing, where the Oval Office is housed.

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    Heading back home now, we pass this art deco gem. The low rise part of the building in front once housed the very seedy bus station, which also survived a near fatal effort to demolish it. The Art Deco Society and historic preservationists went to the mat over it, and the developer backed down and designed a building that enhances it.

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    Great post Hoffmann; I want to visit Washington now. I think the local tourist board should consult with you.

    I look forward to your route B, C and ...

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    Beautiful winter day today, we went for a walk by the estuary about 20 minutes drive from where we live:

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    There were lots of kingfishers grubbing around in the mangroves mudflats - if you look very carefully you can see one in this tree.

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    Natalie

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    A couple of weeks ago, I took some photos of 'Route B' - not as historically scenic, but this route goes through Rock Creek Park, a 1,750 acre park that is among the oldest of the U.S.' national parks. I didn't realize, until reading some for this write-up, that the area had been deforested during the Civil War to thwart the advance of confederate troops on the Capitol, under the command of Gen. Jubal Early. In 1913, Congress authorized the creation of the Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway, now one of DC's major commuter routes in and out of the city.

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    Looking up 18th Street NW, in the Adams Morgan neighborhood - one of the hubs of DC nightlife. The movie St. Elmo's Fire (1985) had a number scenes filmed here.

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    Sign in the window of one of the clubs, and sign of the times. The clubs attract a young crowd, including troublemakers from around the metro area.

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    Just starting to cross the Duke Ellington Bridge over Rock Creek Park. Duke Ellington was a Washington, DC native son.


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    Looking across the Park to the (Pres.) William Howard Taft Memorial Bridge, which carries Connecticut Avenue across the park, and is regarded as the largest unreinforced concrete structure in the world. If you look closely (upper center right), you can see the minaret from the Islamic Center of Washington, DC.


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    Looking down from the Ellington Bridge into the park.

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    We reach the Woodley Park neighborhood on the far side of the Ellington Bridge. The red brick tower on the horizon is the Wardman Tower, now the Marriott Wardman Park.

    [from Wikipedia] The Wardman Tower building has been home to a number of politicians and other public figures, including three U.S. presidents:

    Vice President Spiro Agnew
    Vice President Charles Curtis
    Actress Marlene Dietrich
    Senator Bob Dole
    President Dwight D. Eisenhower
    Former airline Trans World Airlines (TWA) President Jack Frye and wife, Helen
    U.S. Attorney Paul M. Gagnon
    Senator Barry Goldwater
    President Herbert Hoover
    President Lyndon B. Johnson
    Socialite Perle Mesta
    Senator Chuck Robb
    Chief Justice Frederick M. Vinson
    Vice President Henry Wallace
    Chief Justice Earl Warren

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    Continuing down the hill, and into Rock Creek Park - and looking up at the Taft Bridge.

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    Rock Creek

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    Winds through the park, adjacent to a walking/biking trail and the Parkway.

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    Exiting the park at Pennsylvania Avenue. This brings us back to the 2nd half of Route A, including one of my favorite modern buildings in the city, the World Bank:

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    Note the white sound truck, right edge. A constant creature in and around the city, broadcasting live news feed from different happenings (good, bad and indifferent).


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    Instead of continuing past the White House, I headed due north - passing St. Matthews Cathedral, where President Kennedy's funeral was held.

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    Dupont Circle fountain, designed by Daniel Chester French (also designed the Lincoln Memorial and statue)

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    It was another 2 miles back to the 'hood (as we say in DC), but a most welcome sight along the way is the denizens' favorite grocery store:

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    Whole Foods decision to build on this site - in an otherwise very rundown neighborhood, was the linchpin to development of the long-neglected 14th St corridor and environs.

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    Thank you Hoffmann for a fascinating glimpse of your city and for taking the time to annotate your photos with a pertinent comment.
    I've been interested in US politics since (sadly) the assassination of JFK and would love to visit Washington and see all the places I've only read about. Hope to come over one day.
    "Every theatre is an insane asylum, but an opera theatre is the ward for the incurables."

    FRANZ SCHALK, attributed, Losing the Plot in Opera: Myths and Secrets of the World's Great Operas

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