French-trained photographer E. David Luria loves many subjects, but he directs most of his attention toward Washington, DC's historic architecture. His images, which lovingly depict the city's landmarks, have been published in Time magazine as well as several local Washington papers. Luria teaches tricks of his trade privately for the Smithsonian Resident Associates Program, but also through Washington Photo Safari's tours.
Luria, along with a team of 11 other instructors?many experienced independent photographers and photojournalists?shepherd small groups through the capital's streets, gardens, and halls while teaching them photographic techniques. These include how to use selective focus, control F-stops and shutter speeds, and remove vampires from pictures taken at night. They then help participants practice these skills on expeditions through buildings such as the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington National Cathedral, and the National Building Museum. More seasonal tours let guests document the short-lived cherry blossom season, challenging them to capture striking tableaus of the pink petals from land or water. They also teach composition among the verdant garden landscapes and elegant buildings at Hillwood Gardens and the US Botanic Garden to foster tourists? appreciation for nature and their ability to heckle squirrels.
Founded by Post cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post, Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens is a premier art collector's museum. Featuring the most comprehensive collection of Russian imperial art outside of Russia, 18th-century French decorative arts, Faberge eggs, Beauvais tapestries--and situated on 16 acres of gardens.
United Social Sports brings recreational athletes together to socialize and showcase their hand-eye coordination. Free agents or team-sized groups register for the organization’s casual coed leagues dedicated to traditional sports such as softball and volleyball as well as carnival games such as cornhole and skee-ball. Each league hosts 6–8 weekly matches, which culminate in a final tournament and an end-of-season party—much like youth-sports leagues, but with postgame drink specials.
Since its first tour of local landmarks in District of Columbia, CapitolCity DC Tours, LLC. has chaperoned visitors and the city's own curious residents on motor-coach and walking tours of the city. Dozens of available tours bring to life the history of the notable and little-known local neighborhoods and historic buildings that occupy the Washington DC's celebrated acreage. Licensed tour guides lead outings in seven languages, such as Mandarin, Spanish, and Italian, to make it easier for all to take in the city's breadth of historic, architectural, and municipal themes. Depending on the tour, some stops may include informative jaunts to the White House and the National Mall—places that evoke American ideals and where British tyranny in the form of unjust taxation and irresistible Phil Collins ballads were once publicly denounced.
The Celebrity Planet introduces locals and visitors to the best food, coffee, and desserts in five cities?New York, Chicago, DC, New Orleans, and London. During two-hour walking tours, groups of up to 20 people promenade through the cities' scenic neighborhoods, stopping to sample New York's cream cheese-smeared bagels, London's fish and chips, DC's artisan chocolates, and Chicago?s sausage-flavored lampposts. During tours, which occur rain or shine, participants are encouraged to wear walking-appropriate attire such as comfortable shoes.
Anyone who visits Dumbarton House follows in the footsteps of the country’s fourth First Lady, Dolley Madison, who took shelter there as the War of 1812 raged and the British army edged closer to the White House. Since her visit, the Americans have defeated the British, and the house has been transformed into a museum with a collection of more than 1,000 historical artifacts that transport visitors back to the United States’ formative years. Once inhabited by Joseph Nourse, the first Register of the Treasury, from 1804 through 1813, the home showcases the family’s documents, such as journals, as well as furniture, silver, and other federal period decorative art from the turn of the 19th century. The house itself was built in the same period, exemplifying the clean lines and symmetry that characterized the era’s Federal architecture, with wings on either side of its main block.