It’s not too late to enter the White House Easter Egg Roll. I’ve had a few friends attend the Easter Roll and, for them, it ranked as an experience of a lifetime. My daughter has aged out (it’s for children 13 and younger) but for anyone with young children who are within the DC area, here are the details:
The online White House Easter Egg Roll lottery will be open this weekend only. It ends Monday, 10 March at 10 am. The non-transferable tickets are free.
This year the event, which dates back to 1878, will be held on April 21 and will consist of several types of events. Besides the traditional rolling of hard-boiled eggs on the South Lawn, there will be live music, storytelling, sports courts and cooking stations. The results of the lottery will be available on March 14 and over 30,000 people are expected to attend.
For lottery registration go here. GOOD LUCK!
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As spring approaches, the Texas bluebonnets will be blooming and many Texans will be searching for them.
Click here for a great website appropriately titled Texas Bluebonnet Sightings which allows readers to post the latest sightings.
Here in Northern Virginia, we eagerly await the blooming Cherry Blossoms!
Unfortunately, another winter storm is approaching this weekend…
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NOTE: I didn’t get a chance to visit Turkey but my husband, John did and he agreed to share some of his photos of Old Ankara. Turkey is definitely on my list to visit…
Ankara, Turkey’s capital, rises on a steep incline from the banks of the Enguri Su. It’s a modern European metropolis but has a few reminders of its history. John spent most of his time in Old Ankara. It’s the most traditional part of Ankara with families living within the walls of The Citadel.
Walking in Old Ankara
The Citadel originally dates from the 7th century during The Byzantine Empire and the markets below
Night stroll through Old Ankara
Park bench made from Roman ruins ~ the ultimate in repurposing
The Citadel Mosque which dates from the 12th century ~ but has been rebuilt though out the years.
The Citadel and Turkish Market in Old Ankara ~ view from tea shop
Dried fruits and nuts in Old Ankara Market. Pistachios are delicious…
Shops on a winding road in Old Ankara
Near a wool shop in Old Ankara ~ bag of wool next to the table
Carpet shop with photo of Ataturk
Beautiful carpets in Old Ankara Shop
View of Ankara
Delicious (and strong) Turkish coffee and a piece of Turkish delight ~ good way to start or end the day in Ankara
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Mount Vernon Estates is offering free admission to the estate today, Presidents Day 2014 and to celebrate George Washington’s 282nd birthday. It’ll be an all-day birthday salute with the gates opening at 8 am. No doubt the grounds will look especially beautiful with the recent blanketing of snow. My past visits have been when the weather was a little warmer…
The Beautiful Home of George Washington
During the Holidays, Mount Vernon brings in a Camel which is what George Washington did when he lived there.
There won’t be any wine today but the twice yearly wine festival is always a lot of fun
Walking along the trail at Mount Vernon. Dogs are welcome on the grounds
Heading to the water/dock on the Mount Vernon grounds
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The daffodils are popping through the snow…a sure sign spring is near!
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It’s not quite Friday but I dug out this “Flashback Friday” from a few years ago. The recent snowfall in Virginia made me remember a magical snowy day in France many years ago…
Beaune and the Hotel Le Cep definitely rank as one of the most beautiful places we’ve ever spent Thanksgiving:
As we drove from Germany towards the Burgundy region in France, it started to snow and by the time we arrived in Beaune, it was blanketed with a fresh dusting of snow ~ it looked magical. We splurged and stayed at the Hotel Le Cep which the Lonely Planet guidebook referred to as “Quite simply, this is one of France’s very finest hotels.” How could we pass up staying there after that kind of recommendation!?! We weren’t disappointed ~ the hotel was fabulous and the staff wonderful.
Originally, we were suppose to visit in early November but the riots were happening all over France and we didn’t want to take a chance since we were traveling with our young daughter. When I called to reschedule our reservations, the hotel was so accommodating and understanding about why we were changing our dates. Upon our arrival, we found they had upgraded us to one of their largest suites. It’s a great joy for me when I find I’ve been upgraded at a hotel.
One of the most interesting sights in Beaune is the Gothic Hotel-Dieu which was founded in 1443 and was considered a “celebrity rated” charity hospital. For its time, I’m sure it was state of the art but those blood letting instruments and the closeness of the hospital beds made me a little queasy. There was also an 18th century pharmacy with flasks once filled with things such as vomit-nut powder.
After touring the hospital, we made our way to the Marché aux Vins wine cellars and went underground to the dusty wine-bottle lined caves. We had a personal tour guide and, after a history lesson on the winery and about the region, we were given a flat, metal, shiny cup to taste the wines we encountered as we self-toured the caves. Marché aux Vins, established in 1239, is one of the larger wine cellars in Beaune and the caves are lined with thousands of wine bottles. As we navigated through the cave, we stopped at each of the 13 candle-lit wine barrels to taste the wine which was a open bottle ~ we could’ve drank the entire bottle if we wanted. I love the whole French attitude towards wine, food and living life in beauty.
Enjoying the carousel
Walking around Beaune
Enjoying the cozy, warm fireplace which was so welcomed after our cold walks around town.
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When my friend, Jayne, suggested an impromptu visit to Eastern Market, I jumped at the chance. It’s a seven-days-a-week market in the Capitol Hill area of Washington DC. On weekdays, the South Market (indoor) offers produce, meat, poultry, cheese, dairy products, vegan items and flowers. On the weekends, local farmers and local artists/crafters come out to play.
We got there early (about 8:30am) and snagged a great parking spot just off the market area but many of the vendors were a little late setting up. Can’t blame them since it was freezing cold! We popped into Le Pain de Quotidien for tea and to warm up a bit. Great dog watching too ~ lots of folks out with their beautiful puppies.
Here are a couple of my “finds” for the day:
A vintage purse with a painted shoe ~ got it for my daughter
A coffee table made of yardsticks ~ what’s not to love. It’s completely covered with the yardsticks, every inch. It’s very sturdy and the writings on the yardsticks are funny such as: “Report suspicious activity to Sherriff Larry R. Mincks, Sr.”
I love this painting inspired by Edvard Munch’s “The Scream”. The artist, Zachary Sasim had several paintings I wanted to purchase but, in the end, I couldn’t resist this one. I relate to it ~ don’t we all feel the anxiety when I think of DC politics.
Couldn’t resist this old window pane with mirrors ~ goes perfectly over the mantel.
I feel like my house décor will be going in a different direction and I’ll call it “local artist chic”
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