Washington walkabout

On a recent visit to Washington, DC, I discovered it to be a very walkable city. Laid out in a radial system in the early 1800s, the wide, ample avenues crisscross each other making it easy to find one’s bearings. Even though most of the buildings are monumental in their architecture, in keeping with their historical and federal uses, they are restricted in height, and so do not tower over the people below. Even the most famous house of all, the White House, was smaller and more approachable (despite all the fencing and security) than I had imagined it would be. From Georgetown to Dupont Circle to Chinatown to the Capitol, and along the mall to the Lincoln Memorial, it was easy to see the sights and experience a world-famous capital city.