Monday, March 31, 2008

Spring has Sprung

The cherry trees downtown in D.C. are not the only ones blossoming. Take a look at what's happening around our very own house! Most of the trees we planted in the first couple of years after we moved in 11 years ago, and now they have grown tall and proud.

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Old Post Office Pavilion

In downtown D.C., there is the Old Post Office building, which today houses offices and a shopping mall, including an eatery. In all my years here, I had never stepped foot inside. In fact, from the outside, it's hard to see that it's anything but an office building and when you go inside, you actually have to go through know, put all your metal objects through the X-ray machine and walk through the metal detector.

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Dinner at Tabaq Restaurant

We had dinner Saturday evening after the cherry blossoms with our friends, most of whom are from Russia, including Garry, Irene and Arthur, Anna and Sasha, and Ofeliya. Tabaq restaurant is very good and we had a great time together. Nicer people you'd have a hard time finding!

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Washington, D.C. Cherry Blossoms

Saturday was the peak of the cherry tree blossoms in Washington, D.C. and the day of the Cherry Blossoms Festival. We didn't have a chance to take part in all the festivities but of course we had to see the main attraction, the cherry tree blossoms themselves. There are 3,000 of them in and around the Tidal Basin and other nearby areas and they really are a site to see.

We went with Ofeliya and were met there by Irene, Garry and Arthur. We had a very nice time. The blossoms only last a few days, after which you have to wait another year, so make plans to go next year if you haven't seen them yet!

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