Flea Market Magic and Georgetown Corners

Georgetown is one of my favorite places in Washington DC. If you’ve followed me for a bit, you already knew this. I wrote about it here and here and here. It is quaint, vibrant …and while M street offers (to my delight) a more European shopping and dining experience, with its street cafes, restaurant gardens, and boutiques, the part I enjoy the most is wandering about tree-lined streets in a more residential area, admiring brownstones, colors of facades, flower boxes and beds, and the old cobble stone.  Continue reading

Spring hike around Havre de Grace, Maryland and some business ideas that came to mind

Time spent in nature is good for the soul. It brings out the best in us. Tensions melt and energy levels go up. At least, this is how it is for this family. A day before Easter, we drove up towards the Ocean, about an hour and a half away from DC, to hike above the Susquehanna river in the Susquehanna state park and explore nearby town of Havre de Grace in Maryland.
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A Tale of Cherry blossoms in the City

When I think of Washington DC, my current home, some associations come up: great museums (that are mostly free),  cool ethnic restaurants, my favorite neighborhood – Georgetown (or gorgeous town, as my friend Diana would say), favorite corners in Dupont circle (where I spent most of my early days in the city, some fifteen years ago), important buildings I admire (I wrote about the architecture of the U.S. Capitol and Library of Congress here). Then there are cherry blossoms on the Tidal Basin and around Jefferson Memorial.
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February on the beach at the Sandy Point, Maryland


Off season still looking good

We’ve been lucky with a rather mild winter this year in our neck of the woods (shhh, don’t let my boys know since they have been quite disappointed by the lack of snow sledding opportunities). So when the weatherman announced a sunny and unusually warm holiday (President’s Day) weekend, we headed to a beach at the Salty Point State Park, 45 minute drive away from Washington, DC.
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Delightful Culpeper, Virginia


Colors of building fronts

Pistachio, lavender, vanilla – does it get better than that? The colors of facades, old civil war architecture, cute shops featuring local artists, woodwork, carefully curated clothing, furniture, antiques and food (local honey, fresh-baked bread, preserves, real ice cream – anyone?), quaint “farm-to-table” restaurants…exploring small towns in Virginia and Maryland, mostly an hour away from Washington, DC has been such a treat.
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Diplomatic Rooms of the State Department


John Quincy Adams State Drawing Room – details in mosaic at the bottom

I am a fan of “House of Cards” show: Washington politics, halls of power, when upper crust meets city underbelly and personal ambitions clash with the traditional values America is proud of. Bring on intrigue and political drama! So I naturally jumped at a recent opportunity to tour the State Department’s famous “8th floor”, where the official representational diplomatic rooms are.
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Waterfront at the National Harbor, Maryland

Just 25 minutes drive from our house in Arlington, Virginia (and 15 minutes drive from downtown DC) lies a recently developed waterfront on Potomac river – National Harbor. On a wet, but mild, winter afternoon, we headed over to check it out and stroll along the river. We hung out at the marina, admiring the Ferris wheel, perusing shops, drinking hot chocolate and climbing the giant “Awakening” statue. Fun afternoon!
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