By the time we decided to book the hotel on the beach at Ocean City, they were all sold out. I guess, one week in advance is not enough time to get a hotel reservation there. This weekend was supposed to be very hot, so we made a decision to go to the beach anyway, just for the day. We were not disappointed. Our little “beach house” was very handy on the beach. 🙂
This weekend we visited the Seven Oaks Lavender Farm in Catlett, VA. The farm was open to visitors for the last weekend, so the lavender blossoms were almost gone. We still had a good time spent outdoors and enjoyed a beautiful ride to the farm.
This year we decided to celebrate the 4th of July at the beach and spend a few days enjoying the ocean. We left early Friday morning and arrived at Virginia Beach in the afternoon. Many people went to Virginia beach for the 4th of July weekend so it was pretty packed. As you can see in the picture below, hundreds of people are swimming and relaxing along the beach.
This Saturday we went to check out the Occoquan park and historic Occoquan town. It is a nice and short 20 minute ride from our home. Occoquan Regional Park is a place of entry to several key hiking trails, including the Fairfax Cross-County Trail and Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail.
The boat launch and marina provide easy access to a day exploring or fishing the Occoquan River. The park offers various recreational activities such as batting cages, soccer fields, kayaking and numerous barbeque areas including gazebos. The river banks looked beautiful.
Shortcut to Europe means that most European embassies will open their doors to the public from 10 am until 4 pm, offering a rare look inside the buildings. The day will provide a unique opportunity to experience the country’s cultural heritage and national traditions.
This Saturday Dave and I decided to spend the day in DC. The plan was to see some of the embassies participating in the Passport DC annual program and visit the Flower Mart at the Washington National Cathedral in the afternoon. The Passport DC cultural program runs each May and lasts three Saturdays in a row: Around the World Embassy Tour, Shortcut to Europe and National Asian Heritage Festival. We visited Around the World Embassy Tour 3 years ago and had a great experience.
We started our journey by taking the train to the Dupont Circle Metro Station and walking from there to the Embassy of Peru. We came right at opening time, so it didn’t take long standing in line to get inside the embassy.
This weekend Mount Vernon hosts the Revolutionary War Reenactment weekend. Dave and I decided to visit this event on Saturday, mostly because of the weather; it is supposed to rain all day on Sunday. We arrived at Mount Vernon in the afternoon and, after finally finding a parking spot, we walked through the Revolutionary War camp to see the battle reenactment.
This Saturday Dave and I decided to dedicate to visiting Theodore Roosevelt island. Located just south of Georgetown, the Island offers an excellent opportunity for city folk to enjoy the great outdoors. Theodore Roosevelt Island is a memorial to America’s 26th president, in recognition of his contributions to conservation. The large statue of Teddy is erected at the memorial plaza of the island.
Dave and I had a good time today enjoying the Cherry Blossom Parade and the Renwick Gallery. We’d heard about the amazing “Wonder” Exhibition at the Renwick Gallery for a while and were finally able to visit it today. The weather was beautiful, so we decided to start our day with the Cherry Blossom Parade followed by the Renwick Gallery visit and finishing with a walk to CityCenterDC.
Today we decided to visit downtown DC. There was the Blossom Kite Festival today, but the best part occurred in the morning, so we saw very little of it. The kite festival took place near the George Washington Monument, so we started from there. The weather was beautiful in the afternoon, so we enjoyed our long walk through the downtown DC to Chinatown and back. Here are some pictures of the kites.