Being in Washington DC was a dream come true–and a bittersweet experience. This is because one couldn’t help but think about what could’ve been in Manila: A similarly implemented capital, and a beautiful one at that. Here’s something I wrote for the Philippine Daily Inquirer: Click here to read the article.
These show the L’Enfant Plan of Washington, and how the current planning department works on the city:
Read more about the L’Enfant Plan here: Wikipedia
Here’s a photo compilation of a few days in DC, at eye-level:
Walkable, cyclable “postcards.”
The White House.
That’s me–enjoying the beautiful sakura (cherry blossom) gardens. In 1912, Yukio Uzaki of Tokyo gave sakura trees as presents to Washington DC. The cherry blossoms are also celebrated in Washington through yearly festivals.
Parks are really beautiful here. Monuments to celebrate icons of history are present and celebrated every day.
The lakes are picturesque.
Walking to the US Capitol is a delight because of the wide, beautiful spaces.
And when you see it, it’s pure grandeur.
From the back of the Capitol, you can see the perfect alignment of the National Mall and the Washington Monument.
Going around the Smithsonian Museums is such a treat.
And this was the plan of Manila:
Just imagine what could have been.
I’ll update this post with a video when I get back to Washington for the Fellows’ Congress. 🙂