Friday, July 19, 2019

WASHINGTON DC AND THE DOMINICAN PRIORY

THIS--AND PLACES LIKE IT--IS WHERE IT ALL HAPPENS
IN OUR NATION'S CAPITAL...

This week's arts and culture column is on my recent trip to DC and begins like this:

Because I travel so often for work, I rarely if ever take a “vacation.” But recently I spent a week in Washington, D.C. — first-time visit — and loved it.

It helped that I had enough United Airline miles for a free ticket, and a cheapish place to stay: St. Dominic’s Priory (not to be confused with the Dominican House of Studies, which is across from the National Shrine).

Generally, in order to score a room there you have to be a priest, or the mother of a priest, or to occupy some similarly exalted position. My in was that I write for Magnificat magazine, thereby proving that even the lowly job of Catholic writer does have its perks. Not only that, the good fathers gave me the bishop’s suite!

I don’t care about any of the government stuff, I’d told myself in advance. Probably be a bunch of stuffed-shirt functionaries in black SUVS.

Similarly, I’d heard the phrase “Washington Mall,” and without even bothering to, say, look at a photo, figured a mall of any kind was a place to avoid.

My first night I strolled in that direction and, looking down Independence Avenue, caught a glimpse of the Smithsonian Castle. After going over to investigate, I was struck dumb not only by the building but by the gorgeous surrounding gardens where I spent every spare moment for the remainder of my stay.



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2 comments:

  1. I'm so happy for you that you get to see D.C. It's far better than the politics that come out of it. Hugs to you, Heather.

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    1. Thank you, Miss Karin! It was all just lovely and I spent the first three days after I returned home trolling DC craigslist for studios in Georgetown. Then I remembered: Oh, my home is here! Wishing you a splendid summer xx

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