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College town meets Little Vatican in this sleepy corner of the District. Here, the largest church in the western hemisphere, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, serves the region's most devoted Catholics, while Catholic University has taught young minds for over 125 years.

Catholic's founders moved outside the old city for more space and cooler, cleaner, perhaps more saintly, air. The Mayberry-like 12th Street business corridor is known as "the village" and has a hardware store, post office, and the local greasy spoon, Murray & Paul's.


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Posted By:  Rin-rin Yu
Photo:  Courtesy of Occasions Catering

Occasions Catering
For all the Very Important People parties in this town, some fairly high-end foodstuffs are in order. Enter Occasions Catering, a D.C.-based (not Virginia!) catering company with a lot of experience at serving the masses who serve the masses. No more chicken dried in the oven or platters of food served with toothpicks. Occasions has a laundry list of hors d'oeuvres to make your stomach rumble (try the brie-and-pear quesadillas and peking duck) and can make almost any entree you request. Your account manager will make several good suggestions to match the theme and ambiance; for example, a beautiful autumn vegetable tart laid in stripes of yellow squash, green zucchini and red peppers atop caramelized onions. Occasions is also a good selection if you're just trying to boost company morale with good eats at the annual holiday party or trying to satisfy picky Chinese AND Jewish relatives at your upcoming wedding. And while you're racing down the aisle (maybe because you've decided to minimize your engagement period to a mere four months of planning), rest easy that Occasions is the quickest caterer in town.

Posted By:  Joanna Franco
Photo:  Joanna Franco

I know mentioning this is sacrilegious, but I can’t help it. Whenever I think of visiting cemeteries, I think of that New Kids on the Block video (maybe it was “The Right Stuff?”), where the gang and their girlfriends are playing hide and seek behind the tombstones. I don’t recommend reenacting the video here, but if you did (just don’t tell them you got the idea from me), this cemetery would be the perfect spot. This 86-acre cemetery is quiet, peaceful, and very secluded. However, if you wish not to be irreverent and instead pay your respects like any decent human being, there are many graves to choose from. Established in 1719, the cemetery has hosted and will continue to host dozens of graves, including those of author Upton Sinclair and many local luminaries (a U.S. Constitution signer, a Chief Justice, the Riggs Bank founder, and so on). Maps are available of the grounds, and several of the memorials are quite well known. One of them is the Adams Memorial or Grief. It was made by Henry Adams to honor his wife who died of suicide in 1885.

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