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Oysters, truffles and candidate cocktails among D.C. restaurants’ October offerings

On Friday, the East Wing of the National Gallery of Art will reopen after a three-year renovation. And on Saturday, the museum’s Terrace Cafe (Madison Drive and Fourth Street Northwest) will open with food prepared by Starr Catering Group, which runs restaurants in other East Coast museums. (Starr is taking over the restaurants in the National Gallery.) The cafe will serve baked goods and prepackaged grab-and-go sandwiches and salads, priced from $8 to $10.

Stonehenge, located on the Salisbury Plain in the southwest of England.  (Eric Althoff)

Windsor Castle, Bath and Stonehenge make for a helluva travel day from London

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During a week in and around London, The Washington Times was graciously granted press tours of some of the bounty in greater England thanks to Viator, a TripAdvisor tour-brokering firm that creates ambitious-yet-satisfying day trips. First excursion, run by the extremely professional folks at Evan Evans: the royal family’s “other home,” Windsor Castle, the ancient Roman town of Bath and, predating even the Druids, the mysterious rock sculpture, fashioned over thousands of years, known as Stonehenge.

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