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5 Lost Paradise Areas in Washington DC You Must Definitely See

5 Lost Paradise Areas in Washington DC You Must Definitely See

It’s really easy to get lost in the capital of the U.S.―to get lost in a very good sense. Probably, when you plan a trip to Washington DC, the first thing that comes to your mind is U.S. Capitol and White House. If you’re a big fan of the “House of Cards” series, you definitely should go there, but also don’t forget to visit the places listed below. And so as literally not to get lost and find a cosy place to stay, the DC Metro Map & Hotel Map would come in handy.

Feeling Good in Georgetown

Buildings along a road, M street, Georgetown, Washington DC, USA
    Buildings along a road, M street, Georgetown, Washington DC, USA

    The brick sidewalks, greenery, and historic architecture won’t leave you indifferent if you’re in Georgetown neighborhood. Although it was established in 1751, Georgetown as any other old district would give you a feeling of joy and happiness. Ice cream parlours, cupcakeries, cafes, boutiques, and shopping malls would help you to dive into the city busyness. If you need a break, you always can walk along the Potomac River or find a green cozy corner in a local park.

    Georgetown is considered DC’s unofficial cupcake capital, so don’t miss the opportunity to try this tasty dessert. If you’ve already graduated from university, it’s high time to feel a student spirit again and visit Georgetown campus. It’s the oldest Jesuit and Catholic University in the United States. Its Gothic and Georgian architecture will give you an impression you’re in the medieval times.

    And finally, have a bike ride along the C & O Canal Towpath which blends 185 miles of trails with 19th century cobblestone locks. Excited? So, what are you waiting for?

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    Forever Young in U Street Corridor

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      Known as “Black Broadway” in 1920, U Street gives its visitors a good “food” for soul and body. Avant-garde jazz, mainstream hip-hop, and alt-rock bands plus historic row houses with Caribbean and soul food restaurants would definitely make your evening. Want to dance all night or visit a good concert? Then The 9:30 Club, founded in 1980, should be your choice.

      At the daytime, take a look at the brownstones and Victorian homes in the neighborhood, you’ll fall in love with this fancy architecture, for sure. The memory of your phone would be full, as you won’t be able to stop from taking photos of street art masterpieces. If you’re not packing your bag yet, it’s a high time to start.

      In Pursuit of Solitude in Cathedral Heights

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        Looking for the peaceful and quiet place in Washington DC? Then it’s located in the Cathedral Heights neighborhood. Cathedral Heights is famous for its historic row houses, detached cottages, and old apartment buildings. But the most majestic architecture work in this area is Washington National Cathedral in a Neo-Gothic style that had been built for over 80 years in the 20th century.

        Here you can find such old and interesting building as St. Albans School and Church, Herb Cottage, Episcopal Church House, and Beauvoir (National Cathedral Elementary School established in 1900). Close to downtown but very tranquil as a countryside, this area will give you a feeling of coziness and serenity.

        Logan Circle as A Lifestyle

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          This nearly-downtown neighborhood would charm you with its hip cafes and trendy specialty stores. It seems that here, you can find a place for any taste and mood. Prepare to spend your money in beer, tapas, and cocktail bars, and boutiques, of course. You’ll be impressed how fashionable and detailed the design of every café, bar, and shop is.

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          Also, don’t forget to save some time for the Studio Theatre, a local contemporary theater to enjoy one of its great performances. The neighborhood has a great transit so you can easily get to the other interesting places such as the Smithsonian Museums and the federal area.

          Just A Business at Judiciary Square

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            If you want to get into the heart of the federal Washington, then simply head to Judiciary Square. Here’s the biggest concentration of government office buildings and facilities, including Supreme Court, FBI, and United States Tax Court Building. Among the best places to see in this area is National Building Museum (the Pension Building). If you are interested in architecture, design, engineering, construction, and urban planning, then the Museum will be a perfect choice.

            The interesting fact is that the National Building Museum’s Corinthian columns are among the largest in the world measuring 23 m tall and 2.4 m in diameter. And if we’ve already started to talk about the museums, then National Gallery of Art would be an interesting place to visit as well. It is ranked 8th globally by the number of visitors and has a huge collection of paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculpture, medals, and decorative arts traces.

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            The list of places worth seeing in Washington DC can be endless. It seems that this city keeps a corner for everyone – from a stay-at-home person, who needs peace and solitude to busy and active people who love chilling out in hip bars and clubs. And what are you up to?

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            Last Updated on December 2, 2018

            How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

            How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

            Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

            The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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            The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

            Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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            Review Your Past Flow

            Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

            Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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            Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

            Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

            Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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            Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

            Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

            We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

            Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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