Written: 23rd Feb 2011 | Last Updated: 23rd Feb 2011
Washington D.C. is magnificent. Home to the American President, the United States Congress and all orbiting departments, associated governmental, civil and military bodies and communities, as well as foreign embassies and global organisations such as the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, it reeks of power. While it was designed and built to impress, it is also a human-scale city that invites its citizens, and citizens of all nations, to admire and understand the foundation stones of the most successful modern democracy. Beautifully set on the Potomac River, Washington's imposing architecture, vast parklands, elegant galleries, museums, monuments, memorials, sculpture gardens and the grandeur of The Ellipse and National Mall collectively encourage people to think beyond their personal squares, and to consider and embrace big ideas.