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  1. Ben’s Chili Bowl – a Washington Institution (plus lots of culture)

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    Ben’s Chili Bowl – a Washington Institution (plus lots of culture)

    Sep082010

    Yesterday morning I visited the first of what will be many museums here in Washington DC. This was the National Building Museum. Like most of the ‘big’ museums in DC, it’s free. And also, like most of the ‘big’ museums in DC, there’s a lot to cover.

    Located on F St NW, the museum tells stories of buildings, landscapes, structures and much more. That’s what I liked about it – it covers a broad range of subjects, not focusing solely on art or prehistoric times.

    After that it was off to the U St Corridor neighbourhood to meet Matt aka @landlopers, a travel blogger from Washington DC who I first met on Twitter and then ended up doing a guest post for the site. Matt took me to Ben’s Chili Bowl which he assured me was a DC institution. It’s been there since 1958 and was one of the only businesses to survive the 1968 race riots in the area. Like the time I met different travel bloggers in New York City, we spoke about travelling, travel blogging and more. He travels a lot, and is off to Hawaii today. But lunch was highly enjoyable and as Matt treated me to that hot dog, I say thanks.

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