The National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC, March 20 to April 13, is an event I've never witnessed, so this year I scheduled a trip for the last week in March. This was the only time I could get away from work, hoping the blossoms would bloom on the early side this year. However, it was not to be. They've had a very cold DC winter and, instead of blossoms, I experienced a day and a half of snow, strong winds, and sub-freezing weather. Still, it was a nice visit and I was able to take advantage of smaller crowds and experience a much more leisurely pace, while still covering a lot of territory.
The first day I arrived at the National Mall about 8:15 where it was 27 degrees F. I think it warmed up to a "sweltering" 35 that day, but the sun was shining and at least the winds were calm.
Too early for the cleaners to have made their rounds at the Vietnam Memorial.
A few lone walkers were about, as well as some early morning joggers.
I've been to so many places in the wrong season that I know exactly how you feel. However, I would love to tour Washington D.C. at any time of year, because the last time I was there other than at one of the airports was when I was 4 years old. There is some rare photographic evidence of that visit but absolutely nothing in my brain about it.
It's really wonderful to be able to pop in and out of the free national museums. Most, if not all, have coat checks as well as places to purchase fairly healthy food selections.
Though the National Gallery East "modern art" building is closed for renovations, I ate lunch in the underground tunnel café that separates it from the western wing. Next I went to visit a few "old friends," as well as see a couple of new acquisitions.
I always love watching how others experience the Saint-Gaudens.
Shaw Memorial 1900
Vincent van Gogh, Green Wheat Fields, Auvers, 1890 A recent donation to the museum.
I've seen photos of it, and paintings of some similar to it, but don't recall having seen this specific painting in the National Gallery before. Either I just hadn't noticed, or it's been moved to a more prominent place.
This is a city we will visit sometime in the near future. We had thought this spring but it was not to be. Do you have to go there often for work htmb? It is a shame you missed the cherry blossoms, normally they would be in bloom correct?
I think when we do decide to go we will do it last minute so we ensure we do not miss the cherry blossoms. I guess that polar vortex just does not want to retreat. Do you stay with family when there or in a hotel?
I am fortunate to be able to stay with family, but take the Metro bus to the Metro station and back from their neighborhood in Virginia. Many years ago I also stayed in a Maryland hotel near a metro station. I think, for a visitor who isn't going to stay right in the middle of DC that would be ideal. Metro stops are much more spread out than in a city such as Paris (the metro system with which I am most familiar), but Washington is a fairly easy city to get around with great public transportation. I also have to say I've found the metro personnel to be extremely helpful. I'm sure there are exceptions, but everyone I've asked for help has been both courteous and attentive.
The streets of Washington, DC are much warmer than those in Virginia, so on my next trip into the city snow was much less obvious. There were even a few signs of spring to be seen.
In the afternoon I walked in front and around the side of the White House, where something is always happening. This man had a very large suitcase and a sign with words in what appears to be written in English.
The police seemed a little concerned about the suitcase, but kept watchful from a distance as the man appeared to pray.
Those geese amused me. And bjd, to suggest they are an invasion force just adds to the illusion I get of fighters performing violent evasive manoeuvres. Note that one is at almost full 90 degree bank but is keeping his head almost level so as to maintain a strategic view.
Man is not lost, only temporarily uncertain of his position
I have always read what an interesting place Georgetown is but I don't think I had ever seen any photos of it. The pictures you took certainly make we want to explore.
Seeing the size of those flying geese, it made me wonder what the biggest flying birds are, because some of those geese must be approaching the size limit. Then again, if an A380 of a B747 can fly, why not a big bird?
I'm sorry you didn't get to see the cherry blossoms this time, but keep your fingers crossed for my sake. I booked a trip to DC the weekend after next and I would love, love, love to see the cherry trees in peak bloom. But even if I miss it, I'll still have a great time. There's so much to see and this will be my first overnight trip to DC.
Nice to see the Washington Monument doesn't have much scaffolding on it now. I saw pictures of it earlier this year and it was not looking very photogenic at the time. I hope to see fountains and pools filled in, too.
Georgetown sure looks charming. We're going to go on a river cruise that leaves from Georgetown. I'll definitely take some time to stroll around the neighborhood.
Thanks for sharing these lovely photos. I'm even more excited to get to DC now!