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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 August 13, 2018

            5 Exercises To Improve Intimacy and Create a Better Relationship

            5 Exercises To Improve Intimacy and Create a Better Relationship

            Making love can be simultaneously the most pleasurable and the most stressful experience that we share with another human being. It is a natural conclusion of the ritual of intimacy we engage in with a person we find attractive on both a physical and psychological level. Yet, we are far removed from our animalistic roots, and that which was once a matter of instinct has become somewhat complex. This is a good thing; we have grown as a society, and there are many factors involved when it comes to the relationship between sexual partners. However, we have also lost a great deal of the physical prowess our primitive ancestors had.

            They engaged in a huge amount of physical activities daily — activities that ensured their cardiovascular system and muscles were in great shape, which allowed them to have healthy libidos, strong erections, and the muscular strength, limberness and endurance to maintain different positions for a long time without getting exhausted. Luckily, we can regain some of these animalistic traits with the right kind of training. Here are some essential exercises that will help improve your relationship, but making you more confident in intimate settings, which means that you’ll have more satisfying intercourse.

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              1. Cardio for Stamina

              If you’re out of shape, the first thing you’ll notice during intercourse is that you start to breathe heavily, sweat profusely and tire easily. This means you’ll have to shift your posture frequently and limit yourself to a few positions you feel comfortable with or significantly slow down the pace. A high BMI has also been linked to potential problems with erectile dysfunction. Cardiovascular exercises like running, jumping rope, swimming and cycling will build up your aerobic stamina and enable you to perform longer before becoming fatigued, thus having better intercourse. They’ll also help manage your weight, possibly helping performance.

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                • Running – 10-20 minutes a day (1-3 miles a day is more than enough)
                • Jumping rope – 5-20 minutes a day
                • Swimming – 30 minutes a day
                • Cycling – 30 minutes a day

                The time in minutes denotes time spent actively performing the exercise, and you need to factor in a bit more time for warming up before and cooling down after the exercises.

                These exercises can be performed every day or every other day, and the goal is to work on both endurance and speed. Don’t just go at a snail’s pace; constantly try to improve your time or add some mileage.

                2. Strength-Training for Your Lower Body and Core

                The next thing you’ll need to focus on is improving both the strength and muscular endurance of the hip flexors, abdominals and spinal erectors. These are the muscles engaged in thrusting and circular motions, and they also stabilize your body in a number of different positions. The legs also play an important role, particularly in standing and kneeling positions. Here are a few exercises that will help you strengthen up this area:

                Barbell squats
                  • Heavy barbell squats – set up at a power rack at the gym and make sure you use proper form and weights that you can lift 3-8 times. Do this exercise before anything else in the gym for 4-5 sets to get big and powerful legs, as well as tighten up the muscles of the core. This is useful for both men and women, particularly if you enjoy the woman-on-top positions and standing positions. You can do hack squats on the machine if your gym lacks a power rack, but you won’t get the core-strengthening benefits

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                  Zercher squat
                    • Zercher squatsthis type of squat is a perfect way for guys to strengthen their body for standing positions where the woman is lifted off the ground. Build up a foundation of strength first, and then use lighter weights and go for 10-12 repetitions to focus on muscle endurance.

                    Glute bridge
                      • Glute bridgethis exercise is great for working the glutes and hip thrusters, and should be done for ultra-high reps —up to 100 — to increase muscle endurance. Once you become stronger in this movement, you can upgrade to the barbell glute bridge and keep the reps high — around 10 to 15.

                      Hyperextensions
                        • Hyperextensions – excellent for strengthening the spinal erectors, this exercise (or a variation of it) may be done in most gyms and even at home. Do 2 to 3 sets of 10 to 12 repetitions at the end of your workout.

                        Ab wheel rollout
                          • Ab wheel rollout – this is a great exercise for strengthening the abs, and requires only a piece of inexpensive equipment. It will help you stay stable and hold positions longer without getting tired during intercourse. Do three sets of this workout for as many repetitions as you can.

                          Cross body crunch
                            • Cross body crunchthis exercise improves your ability to perform explosive twisting motions, particularly good for improving your stamina in the spoon position where you’e lying on your side. Do 2 to 3 sets of this exercise at the end of your workout.

                            Incorporate these exercises into your routine 2 to 3 times a week.

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                            3. Upper-Body Strength Training

                            Upper-body strength plays an important role in many popular sex positions where the arms are used to provide a stable base or hold onto the partner. These including missionary, doggy style, the stand and carry (with the woman holding onto the man’s neck) and others. Use these simple exercises to improve upper body strength and endurance:

                            Plank exercise
                              • Plank – while bench pressing is great for building a big chest, you will find yourself in need of static strength, muscle endurance and a strong core. This exercise is a great way to increase the amount of time you are able to hold positions that require you to support yourself with your arms. For added difficulty, straighten out your arms like at the top of a pushup and hold as long as you can.

                              Close grip pushups
                                • Close pushups – a pushup variation that focuses on triceps, which are the first to give out during a prolonged missionary or similar position. Go for very high reps, 20 t0 50, to work on muscle endurance.

                                Chin ups
                                  • Chin-ups – A great upper back and biceps builder, this exercise will also target the core if you try to be as straight as possible when lifting yourself up. You can jump to help make things easier, or just hold as long as you can if you aren’t strong enough to perform a single chin up. Do 3 to 4 sets for as many reps as you can.

                                  These exercises, done about three times a week, will help you develop a strong upper body that can keep going and hold you up for extended periods of time.

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                                  4. Pelvic-Floor Exercises

                                  You don’t have to perform these at the gym, although you could do them after your workout without anyone even noticing. The idea behind Kegel exercises is to improve blood flow to the sex organs and strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor in both men and women. By locating these muscles and tightening and relaxing them for intervals of 5 seconds for 10 to 15 repetitions at a time, several times a day, you can improve pleasure and performance during sex. Women can tighten their vaginal walls for increased pleasure to both them and their partner, while men can delay ejaculation by tightening these muscles.

                                  5. Flexibility Moves for Legs and Hips

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                                    If you want to avoid getting cramps — or even worse, pulling a muscle during intercourse — you should do a few simple stretches every day. The more limber you are, the more comfortable you’ll be with more exotic poses. Here are a few simple stretches to improve hip and leg flexibility:

                                    Take a few minutes to warm up with some light running or jumping jacks before stretching, and spend some 10 minutes on these stretches. You can do them in the morning and at night, or shortly before intercourse.

                                    With just a few hours a week devoted to exercise, you can improve your relationship significantly. If you focus on these exercises, over time, you just might become dynamite in bed.

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