Monday, April 07, 2008

Cherry Blossoms

I took several hundred photos this past weekend at the 2008 National Cherry Blossom Festival which annually commemorates the 1912 gift to the city of Washington of 3,020 cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo. Sunday was wet, windy and cloudy not withholding my first time to experience the beauty of the blossoming trees.

Another new experience of interest is the exceptional National Museum of the American Indian opened in 2004. Not only are the exhibits creative & filled with heritage and history but there is an excellent cafe featuring American Indian foods. A day of two culinary delights the second being the famous Capital Grille where I really enjoyed the salmon and outstanding service. We lucked out and had a private dining room! New as of 2005 and popular on the scene is Clydes of Gallery Place where we enjoyed brunch in the ambiance of fine art before my first experience of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial. The photo above was taken during the walk there. It is now my favorite memorial.

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