Where do you head for a festival of Cherry Blossoms, Washington DC?! Or Japan? Japan gave 3000 Cherry Blossom trees to the city of Washington in 1912 as a gesture of friendship. So, you get the spirit of Japan all over the American city towards the end of March – beginning of April. So if you are looking for free things to do in Washington DC, Cherry Blossom season is the best time to visit.
It’s hugely fun watching people come out to see the blossoms. Brides standing beneath the blossoms are commonplace, as are family groups.
All the huge, plain, masculine ‘balls in your face’ Washington DC buildings are balanced with the pretty, delicate, feminine, blush coloured blossoms that steal the show springtime every year.
The Japanese have balanced all that yang energy with a little yin (they call in ‘in yo’), whatever, the city is hugely improved by their gift attracting scores of people into the city every year. There is even a countdown to the precise moment the city is in full bloom, followed by a festival in their honour.
The Tidal Basin is dressed up in all shades of blush and even on a gloomy morning the effect is breath-taking.
We took countless pictures, along with other happy romancing couples. There were brides, little children in their ‘Sunday best’ and photographers.
Everyone had a similar expression of wonder and joy on their faces.
The Jefferson Memorial looked all the better for a swaddling of blossoms.
Even the gigantic and stark Washington Monument looked softened by a skirt of frothy blush coloured petals.
Many of the trees were in full bloom. Natures splendour at it’s best.
The spring sunshine tried it’s best to break through as we nearly reached the end of our dizzying stroll.
A few trees still had it’s beauty to share. I loved the closed buds along side the ones in full bloom, like the little sisters next to blossom.
Behind the clouds the sky is a beautiful blue.
But we shall leave it to the other tourists and locals now. Just one more glance at the romantic almost fairy tail waterside.
Before a charging helicopter shot over it and snapped us back out of our daze – the Obamas were back that day from Cuba, was this heading for The White House? Probably wishful thinking, but you’d think they would want to flyover the blossoms before setting down, wouldn’t you?
We travelled over the Easter Weekend and were lucky enough to experience Washington DC in full bloom. If you are planning to visit one day I strongly recommend you do the same. It’s a blooming magical experience.