We had no idea how much we would love DC until the moment we arrived. With historical jewels, sprawling parks, oodles of thai food and incredible cupcakes behind every corner, we could have stayed forever.
A gift of 3,000 cherry blossoms were first given to the United States by Japan in 1912 to honor the countries lasting friendship. Today, the National Cherry Blossom Festival has grown from its modest beginnings to the nation’s greatest springtime celebration. Cherry blossoms generally experience peak bloom around the first week of April (Bloom Watch here), however this year’s cold weather kept them from coming out so soon. These are the various cherry blossom photos we took throughout our week in DC. From branches to buds, sharing the experience of watching these famous flowers transform an entire city is something we will never forget.
On our last day in DC we walked outside into the cold, misty air as we made our way to the National Mall (“NaMa”) one last time. Upon rounding the corner behind the dark, rustic-brick Smithsonian Castle, it was like we had fallen into a dream… or a bag of cotton candy… both.
The soft, pink petals blanketed the grass, graced the romantic paved sidewalks and made the wooden benches look more inviting than ever. Drew could have told me I was in heaven and I would have believed him: