Lafayette Square is a seven-acre public park directly across Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House. It is one of the most meaningful areas in American history, where citizens have lived out the freedoms protected by the First Amendment amid statues of the men who won our independence from Great Britain. The Park and its surrounding… Read More Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C.
The Washington, D.C., cherry blossoms reached peak bloom this week, a little earlier than expected, thanks to the warm weather. Peak bloom is considered to be the point when 70 percent of the blossoms have opened. They make for a sea of pink and white around the Tidal Basin, a reservoir in West Potomac Park.… Read More Cherry Blossoms Peak in Washington, D.C.!
KILROY WAS HERE The phrase appeared on ships, aircraft, buildings, wherever American servicemen went during World War II. Usually accompanied by a minimalist drawing of a bald-headed, long-nosed character peering over a wall, the graffito went viral before anyone knew the term. Its origins are uncertain, but a popular legend centers around a Quincy-based ship inspector… Read More World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Nationals Park is a modern baseball stadium that’s clean and comfortable by sports-venue standards, with nice views of the Washington monuments from various vantages. Here’s what I’ve learned during the decade that the Park’s been open: Where to sit at Nationals Park I’ve sat on every level, and there’s never an obstructed view or a… Read More Tips for Visiting Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.
I marked Thomas Jefferson’s birthday last night by joining the throngs of locals and visitors peeping at the cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin. The blooms range in color from snowy white to cheery pink. And they look spectacular against the setting sun. Leslie Carbonejust an ordinary woman choosing to live an extraordinary life RedditShareTweetPin
The Washington, D.C., cherry blossoms are in full peak! A 1912 gift of national friendship from Japan, the 3,000 trees bloom snowy white to dusky pink from the Washington Monument to the Jefferson Memorial. The full flowers are likely to last only about another week, so now’s the time to go see them. Leslie Carbonejust… Read More Cherry Blossoms in Bloom
Last week I enjoyed a kind of homecoming as I played tourist in my adopted home city of Washington, D.C. I started off at the National Gallery of Art, where one of my favorite pieces is Vincent Van Gogh’s Vase with Roses: To stand inches from the painting is to brush with greatness. Since it… Read More Smithsonian Museums in Washington, D.C.