Our Trip to Washington, DC
In early August 1999, we took a family vacation in Washington DC.
We spent 7 days there, and saw a lot of great places. We could easily have
spent three times as long.
Where we stayed
- Swiss Inn, 12th and Mass Ave, NW
$99/night for a room with a queen bed plus a twin (actually a
bunk bed with a sofa below), a kitchenette and air conditioning.
- Our Congresswoman: Lois Capps,
22nd California district
We visited her office and got a pass to the House gallery,
where we spent an hour and a half watching the tax cut debate
and saw Ms Capps vote - the way we wanted her to.
Then we took the guided tour of the Capitol Building.
- Library of Congress
We took the guided tour of the beautifully restored building,
led by a wonderfully educated older gentleman who not only
infected us with his enthusiasm for the architural wonders
of this temple to Minerva, but also gave a great account
of the invention of the printing press.
Summary: "Gutenberg never printed anything. After he had spent
20 years perfecting the technology (inventing not just the type,
but a new type of paper, a new type of ink and a new metal alloy
suitable for casting the type), his venture capital backer
took control and went into production. There were no muddling
prototypes: The bible was their first product and it was
The Charters of Freedom
National Park Service Sites
Other Historical Sites
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