Not only did I do another thing on my bucket list by visiting Parliament Hill, I visited the area of Ottawa around Parliament Hill, which has a lot of government buildings and monuments to Canada’s military. The Canadian War Memorial is very powerful to see as it honors every member of the Canadian military and the conflicts they’ve served in.
This is also the area where a lot of other countries embassies are located.
I was able to get a picture of the United States Embassy .
Let the pictures move you.
They moved me as did the building with the flags from the Canadian provinces and territories .
This is much smaller than the memorial in Washington DC , but it serves the same purpose .
This memorial honors the soldiers and sailors of all the branches, that’s Army, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard, who lost their lives at sea fighting in World War I I .
It was a nice day to visit Lower Manhattan, so I did.
In Battery Park, near where the boats that take you to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island , there’s many monuments and memorials.
One of which is called “The Universal Soldier.”
If you look closely , this is actually part of the New York Korean War Memorial .
Around the statue are the flags from the countries that sent troops to Korea.
Also around the statue are the dead, missing and wounded from some of those countries.
Let the pictures tell you the story.
While walking around the North Side neighborhood of Pittsburgh , I came across three memorials.
One of which was the memorial to fallen policemen .
Besides New York City , this city is the “Mother of All 30 Plus Teams Tours.”
It’s the city that’s all about the three M ‘ s – Museums , Monuments , and Memorials .
It’s that city that isn’t a state , but it just happens to be the capital of the United States .
It’s Washington , DC .
This of course , is a 30 Plus Teams Tour , so it’s all about the sports in town also .
Just like politics, they take their sports VERY seriously here.
It’s a sports lovers dream .
You’ve got four teams to choose from .
There’s the Wizards in basketball , the Capitals in hockey , and the Nationals in baseball .
It’s very much about football in this town .
In a place where politics dominates EVERYTHING, it’s not that surprising that politics are going to creep into your 30 Plus Teams Tour of Washington DC .
The football team is called the Washington Redskins .
Some people would like it if the team would change their name to something other than a name that some folks find very offensive .
Other folks just wish that the people who are complaining about the team name would just shut up and go away so that they can enjoy watching football .
You aren’t here to get into a name debate of the football team though.
You might not even like football and came to see one of the other pro teams in town .
More than likely , though , you’re here to see what the city is famous for .
All those monuments , memorials , and museums .
Don’t forget to bring that camera with you.
Washington DC is a photographer’s dream , and you just know that you’re going to be posting a lot of Washington DC on Instagram .
Please remember though, that when you visit some of the places that the city is famous for , show some respect.
They’re memorials .
Definately respect them.
There are lots of museums that are free here.
Even the National Zoo is free, and don’t tell me that you don’t want to check out those adorable Panda Bears.
Where in town will you go first?
No matter what neighborhood , bring those sneakers with you.
This is a very walkable town, so don’t be surprised if you see lots of joggers.
They might even be your local senator or congress person .
Of course the neighborhoods that you’ll want to see are Capital Hill, Georgetown , Dupont Circle , the area around the White House , and maybe even the Washington DC Waterfront .
How about visiting the neighborhoods that tourists rarely , if all visit?
Put U Street , Adams-Morgan, Anacostia , or the Eastern Market on your list of neighborhoods to visit .
If you happen to come into town by Greyhound , Megabus or Amtrak train , check out the newly renovated Union Station , one of the largest terminals in the country .
You could get yourself a day pass when you take the Washington Metro.
By the way , don’t call it the subway, it’s the Washington Metro and you’ll be surprised how clean it is.
Better yet , do what the good citizens of DC do.
Get yourself a reloadable Smart Card and get ready to see as many monuments , memorials , and museums as you can.
Just remember to hold onto your Smart Card because you’ll need it not only to enter the train station , but to exit it as well .
Don’t think you can see all these attractions in one trip to DC.
You can’t , so don’t even think about it .
Get yourself a guidebook before you arrive and make a list of attractions that you really want to see .
Check if you need timed tickets , which are free in some cases, but because some of the museums get very crowded, they give you a time that’s best to visit .
What should you see if you don’t have that much time?
I would suggest not only the ones that are on the National Mall like the Washington Monument , Vietnam Wall or Lincoln Monument , visit some of the museums that are part of the Smithsonian .
Their motto is, “So many museums , so little time . ”
The National Zoo is part of the Smithsonian , but if you’re only in town for a day or two , the Zoo might be out of the question .
No matter what you decide to do, enjoy your stay in Washington DC , whether you’re going to watch a sporting event or if you’re going to learn a little or a lot about United States history .
Baseball season is coming down to the wire, and football season is coming up very soon , but a lot of you didn’t get or read the memo on fan conduct .
A lot of fans seem to need a refresher course on how to act when going to game .
Even though I’m talking mainly about fans of the four major American sports , this also applies to those of you who are fans of rugby, European futbol, cricket, etc.
Everyone needs a refresher course on Fan conduct .
At a recent Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago Cubs baseball game in Milwaukee , two fans really got into it with a lot of pushing , screaming and shoving .
It wouldn’t have been that bad except one of the fans just happened to be Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey , whose son works for the Brewers organization .
No doubt both the governor and the Cubs fan that he was having a ” beef” with ever received the handbook of Sports Fandom .
I know that the governor is very busy running the state of New Jersey , but even politicians need to take the course of act like you’ve been there before 101 .
I’m not going to question the governor’s passion for sports because I know that he’s a GINORMOUS Dallas Cowboys football fan and he doesn’t care if people in his state don’t like that .
I also know for a fact that the governor has gone on many a 30 Plus Teams Tour to watch his beloved Cowboys play and I ain’t mad at him for representing his team no matter where he is .
It’s okay to cheer for your team at home and especially on the road because that’s what being a fan is all .
I just have to ask one question though .
Why do other ” fans ” have to ruin other fans sports and travel experience by acting like a fool at a game?
Please don’t make comments like, “Why are you wearing THAT jersey in here?!” , if someone is rooting for the other team .
Those fans weren’t being obnoxious and rude rooting for their team, were they?
The same can’t be said for you and your buddies though .
There’s no reason to get up in someone’s face or within earshot of that fan and scream out,
“GET OUT OF HERE!”
” GO BACK TO WERE YOU CAME FROM ! ”
That could either be New York , Boston , Chicago , you name the city, some “fans” want us to go back there.
Are you SERIOUS ? !
‘Why are you here ? ‘
‘Go back to where you came from ? !’
Did you forget that you aren’t the only one cheering for your team?
Other people are cheering for their team , too and guess what, Mr. Rude fan.
They’re cheering for THEIR team in YOUR building , so get used to it and stop with the dirty looks and snide comments .
Be a fan, but the fan experience should extend to those fans who traveled a long way in some cases, to see their team play .
In many cases , those fans brought their children along with them.
Do you think that they want to hear you or your friends yelling at them or someone else,
“GET THE BLANK OUT OF HERE ROOTING FOR THAT PIECE OF BLANK TEAM!”
“YOUR TEAM IS A BUNCH OF OVER PAID SISSIES AND SO ARE THEIR FANS!”
Then there’s my own personal favorite , one that I’ve heard on MANY occasions and it still makes me laugh every time a “fan” says it.
” YOUR BLANKETY BLANK TEAM AIN’T BLANK ! THIS IS OUR HOUSE ! ”
Now as much as you want to get up and get physical at a game and run the risk of getting thrown out and arrested for disturbing the peace , please don’t do it .
It’s obvious that Mr. and Mrs . Los Angeles Dodgers Super Fans definitely don’t know what acting like you’ve been there before is all about .
News flash for all of you “super fans”.
Dodger Stadium isn’t “YOUR HOUSE “.
Neither is Gillette Stadium , Madison Square Garden , Yankee Stadium or any other stadium or arena where a sporting event is taking place .
That’s right , I’ll say it again because some of you didn’t grab that concept .
You and those other fans who paid all that money to watch your favorite and not so favorite teams and players play, are just guests , waiting to be entertained .
The other guests are those fans who you told in no uncertain terms to ‘ go back to where you came from . ‘
So let’s stop it with the trash talking just because other fans are doing the same thing that you’re doing , just for the other team .
Fans of the opposing team, you aren’t special .
I’ve got a bone to pick with you too.
This acting like you’ve been there before extends to you all as well .
You say that you’ve sat patiently at the game and you’ve gotten really tired of the home team’s fans all around you making comments all night long about your team.
As much as you want to yell out ” BOOYA BITCHES , HOW YOU LIKE THAT BLANK ! ” ,to all the haters when your team has a rally going, please don’t do it .
That’s not just unwise, that’s really DUMB, especially if you came to the game by yourself .
If you say something dumb and stupid , you just know one of the people sitting next to you or around you ,will say or do something even more DUMBER and STUPIDER than what you just did or said.
The next thing you know , security might even have to be called in.
It could get ugly really fast when it doesn’t have to .
Fans of both teams , please stop the madness .
Remember that you’re on a 30 Plus Teams Tour and seeing a sporting event isn’t the only reason you’re in town .
There’s a lot more things to do and see while you’re in town .
Please act like you’ve been there before , especially if you happen to be watching your team play in a different city.
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