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Cherry Blossoms

19 Mar

I’ve waited all winter for this: the famous DC cherry blossoms. As a Floridian, I shivered my way through all three snow flurries and slipped on my first patch of ice. I shivered in my bed at night and walked to work with chattering teeth and a frozen nose.

But over night the cold disappeared and the city blossomed. Yards are decked with perky bright daffodils and tulips of yellow, pink, orange, red and purple. Yet all these little flowers are nothing in comparison to the majesty of the cherry blossoms down by the Tidal Basin.

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They’re truly an enchanting sight.  Walking around the water, it felt like I was in Seurat’s “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.” Strolling along, little petals float off the trees and swirl around

The blossoms were surprisingly…white. I definitely expected them to be pinker. My roommate and I found about five solidly pink trees. Perhaps the trees get pinker with time?

One million tourists visit the capital every spring to see the trees, and this year is the 100th  anniversary of the gift of the blossoms from Japan.

Since February the city had been tracking the progress of the blossoms.  Reports say that they’re supposed to peak this week, starting tomorrow.


The World War II Memorial

28 Oct

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One of the few new additions to the District since our last family visit was the World War II memorial on the lawn. Because my grandfather and other relatives served in the war, seeing the memorial was our first tourism priority.

Several years ago when the funds were being raised and the plans were being finalized, people could submit veteran’s information for the memorial. Therefore, we were expecting to see our loved ones’ names engraved into something when we came to DC. We were pretty disappointed to find absolutely no names — we  had even bought paper and crayons for rubbing!

But considering that 292,131 Americans died in the war and 17,867,000 served, it would be pretty difficult to fit all those names somewhere tangible.

All of the submissions, therefore, are online. Actually, my grandfather is on it twice because my dad accidentally submitted it twice when he tried to include more details about my grandfather’s service. One of my great-uncle’s is also on there twice, once submitted by sister, another by someone I don’t know (a friend?).

We were bummed, but it was still a pretty place. And it was still nice to remember my veteran relatives who are no longer with us.