December at the Wharf – New DC Waterfront

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It has been too long since I wrote my last blog post. The Fall is generally busy, especially with boys’ games and errands. Now that we have Stella, we usually take her for longer hikes and walks over the weekends too (during the working week she gets only standard, neighborhood walks).  Finally, as we prepare for our next move to Tbilisi, Georgia in the summer (yeah! excited!), I feel we have not done as many short trips as previous spring and Fall.  We have basically exhausted the fun, short trips list, it seems!
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A Tale of Cherry blossoms in the City

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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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Diplomatic Rooms of the State Department

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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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At the Botanical Gardens for Season’s Greenings

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Thanksgiving is now behind us. Turkey leftovers are almost gone. A bit of pumpkin pie still in the fridge. Bracing for the next wave of winter holidays! Christmas decorations have been going up around DC and the area. Even our next door neighbors have put up their xmas lights already! So I hope to share some of the Christmas spirit and atmosphere in our area with you over the next few weeks.
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