DC is a Blossomin’

The DC Cherry Blossoms were late this year, and it took three tries to see them in bloom.

TRIP #1

Mom, Dad, Rachel and Matt came to visit Easter weekend, and although this was the warmest weekend we’d had, the blossoms were NOT ready to bloom. The Peak was supposed to be this weekend, but obviously, it was pushed back… by two weeks.

Cherry Blossom Buds

 

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Trip #2

The weekend after our lovely visitors left, Madison and I walked down to the Mall, hoping to see the blossoms.  Both of us were traveling Sunday-Tues/Wed, and we didn’t want to miss them!  Unfortunately, they were still holding out.

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Trip#3

FINALLY! We made it down to the Mall on a gorgeous Friday evening, biking around the Tidal Basin and were table to see the beautiful blossoms IN BLOOM.

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For all of you who couldn’t make it down to see the blossoms, I hope these photos will do, and that they’ll remind you that spring is just around the corner! Talking to you, New England!

April 7 – Sorolla to Campin

NYC Blossoms

Madison and I woke up with the sun this morning and hopped on Amtrak for a quick Easter visit. Although the DC Cherry Blossoms are past their peak, we were able to see NYC in full bloom today! Clay and Missy gave us a tour of the Conservatory Garden, where there were dozens of flowering trees and tulips.  It was a little cool out, but the sky was perfectly blue and we had sunshine all day long.

We then drove around Harlem and stopped at the Hispanic Society of America, a building full of Spanish artifacts and paintings, collected by Archer Huntington.  There was this BEAUTIFUL room with 360 degrees of paintings by Sorolla.  Titled the ‘Vision of Spain’, his paintings represent different cities in Spain.  The colors were absolutely stunning, and the people looked so real it was like we could just step into the paintings.  Next trip – Spain? =)

We continued driving north toward the Bronx and visited the Cloisters, a castle built in the 1930’s overlooking the Hudson.  All the materials were shipped in from Europe, and they not only have some great views of the surrounding area, but there are some famous pieces of art (I recognized Campin’s  Mérode Altarpiece from my art history class at AUP).

Thanks to Clay and Missy for being awesome tour guides – we always love exploring new parts of the city!

-V

March 29 – Beautiful Blossoms

I'm happy the cold nights haven't killed our flowers, these guys are hangin' in there!

Last night, Madison and I walked all the way up Mass Ave to Wisconson Ave.  After an hour of uphill walking we made it to Cactus Cantina, the sister restaurant to Lauriel Plaza.  When  I say sister, I really mean twin: same margs, same fajitas.  The clientele was different though- more families, and there were a lot of kids sitting at dinner playing with iPads. Our margaritas were well deserved after such a long hike to dinner.

On our walk we saw these pretty little white flowering trees and of course I whipped out my camera.  Sorry I’ve been neglecting the V Life this week… I’ve been making strong moves (shout out to LivingSocial) and all of a sudden I realized it was Thursday.

-V