Travel Theme: Distance

Ailsa’s travel theme this week is distance.  My interpretation is more along the lines of “Keep your distance!”  When I was a child, visitors to Washington, D.C. could walk down Pennsylvania Avenue directly in front of the White House.  Those days are gone forever.  Barricades and law enforcement officials keep visitors from approaching too near.  And notice the sniper at a distance on the roof.

Security at the  White House
Security at the
White House

“Distance has the same effect on the mind as on the eye.” 
(Samuel Johnson)

“There’s something about sitting alone in the dark that reminds you how big the world really is, and how far apart we all are. The stars look like they’re so close, you could reach out and touch them. But you can’t. Sometimes things look a lot closer than they are.”    (Kami Garcia)

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6 thoughts on “Travel Theme: Distance

  1. Tourists may still walk that stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House — but it’s closed to vehicles. I graduated from George Washington’s law school in 1987, and for four years prior to that, I often drove that route to get to class. Not sure it’s possible to make the drive from the Capitol to GWU now, in less than an hour on a good day.

    It’s a better walk than it used to be, though.


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