Washington - March 31, 2012
1600 Pennsylvania Ave: the most famous address in the United States. Like most visitors to Washington, we wanted to check out the historic landmark in person so we headed out first thing in the morning to get a glimpse before the crowds arrived. Some people might look at the 55,000 square foot building and wonder what it would be like to live there, but having lived in apartment buildings in Montreal, we were a little more curious about what the President would be like as a neighbor. He’s got his own basketball court and rose garden so he probably throws some decent parties and he seems approachable enough to lend you a cup of sugar if you were in need, but mowing the lawn before 9:00 a.m. on a Saturday is kind of a deal breaker for us, Mr. President…
Having been through the planning and execution behind a Centennial celebration, we love to see how other people fete 100 years of history. That’s why we were so intrigued to learn that we just happened to be in Washington in time to take in the 100th Annual Cherry Blossom festival in the city, commemorating the day over 3,000 cherry blossom trees were bestowed on the nation’s capital by Tokyo, Japan. No word yet if any jersey retirements have been planned throughout the five-week festival, but there are still plenty of events and scenic views on tap in Washington.
While strolling through the Lincoln Memorial, we noticed a few people flying kites across the reflecting pool. Then we noticed a few more…like a thousand more. We assumed Washingtonians just really enjoy whimsical leisure activities, but as it turns out, Saturday was the Blossom Kite Festival – one of the marquee events of the Cherry Blossom Centennial celebrations. Maybe we’ll keep that idea in mind for the team’s Bicentennial 97 years from now.