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Washington Monument – Going Down

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Washington Monument – Going Down

Baltimore’s Washington Monument has 227 steps winding up a tight spiral to the top. If you thought climbing up was scary, it’s even scarier going down. However, there is much to explore on the ground floor, including some incredible ironwork on the fences and gates. Check it out in this Nerd Trip.

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Washington Monument – Baltimore

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Washington Monument – Baltimore

George Washington was a surveyor and military man, known for his physical stature. You may need to summon some physical stamina to tackle the 227 spiral stairs to the top of Baltimore’s Washington Monument, but it’s worth the climb to survey the city from this rare vantage point. In honor of Washington’s birthday, come along for my spontaneous climb up the column in October 2015, just a few months after the monument reopened after much needed renovations. The reopening marked the monument’s bicentennial, Baltimore had...

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Ben Franklin House – London – Part 2

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Ben Franklin House – London – Part 2

Benjamin Franklin’s London lodgings may have truly been the first American embassy. In this Nerd Trip, you’ll learn about Franklin’s life in London, including the instrument he invented while living at 36 Craven Street.

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Ben Franklin House – London – Part 1

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Ben Franklin House – London – Part 1

There are many things to discover at the Ben Franklin house in London. First, many people may not realize that one of the Founding Fathers of the United States lived in London for a more than decade-and-a-half. And, he lived in a house where hundreds of human bones were found underneath the building. Yes, human bones, and you can see them for yourself.

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A Christmas Carol

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A Christmas Carol

In the “spirit” of the holiday season, take a Nerd Trip through the streets of London and see our encounters with Charles Dickens and his Christmas classic “A Christmas Carol.”

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Congressional Cemetery – part 2

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Congressional Cemetery – part 2

While Congressional Cemetery is the final resting place for more than 55,000 people, it was the temporary resting place for thousands of others, including two of our original first ladies and three presidents, interred in the public vault until other arrangements could be made.

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Congressional Cemetery – Part 1

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Congressional Cemetery – Part 1

It’s name is Congressional Cemetery, but this Washington, D.C. landmark is the final resting to place to dozens of famous (and infamous) persons beyond those connected to Congress. From composer John Philip Sousa to famed photographer Matthew Brady, there’s a lot to learn at this landmark.

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