“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom” – Marcel Proust
This past weekend, I had the privilege of spending Saturday and Sunday in Washington D.C.! I am always up for a weekend getaway, and I absolutely love DC, but the real stimulus to head down was to see the annual bloom of the Cherry Blossoms. Seeing the blossoms had been on my mind for a few years now, but for whatever reason, each year it just never quite worked out. The blossoms are legendary, and several weeks ago I had read an article that this years bloom was set to be under “perfect conditions”; at that moment I decided this would be the year that I would go.
I had one of my best friends, Maggie, with me as my traveling companion for the weekend. We woke up bright and early on Sunday morning to head down to the Tidal Basin where the trees are planted. After a short cab ride from our hotel, we arrived around 10 am and entered into the most dream-like setting I have ever seen. The sun was shining, the sky was clear blue, the temperature was a perfect 70 degrees, and the slight breeze coming off of the water was only the beginning of the picturesque environment. Seeing the small, soft pink petals twirl through the wind as the sunlight shone down on them was like viewing an Impressionist painting.
(side note: can you imagine how i n c r e d i b l e the paintings would be if they were taken from life and painted by someone like Monet or Degas?! Food for thought!)
As the ultimate lover of pink, it was an actual dream come true to be surrounded by the little pink petals as they floated down around us. The very short and very time-sensitive bloom is usually at the beginning of April, and we were lucky enough to catch the bloom at its peak! As you can imagine, people came from anywhere and everywhere to see them. the crowds were huge, but the layout and space is big enough that it wasn’t overwhelming. When I have the opportunity to see the blossoms next, I would go at like 6 am when no one would be around.
As we started walking down the promenade on the east side of the basin, we were awestruck at the amount of trees that have been planted. I found out that the original trees were a gift from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo City to the city of Washington, D.C. in 1912. He sent over 3,000 cherry trees as gift and gesture to enhance the growing friendship between the United States and Japan – which I think is such an important piece of history to know! One hundred years later, those original trees still continue to bloom, and draw over a million people each year to see them. The trees circle the entire Tidal Basin, which 106 acres around! I had a lot of fun playing with the portrait mode function of my Nikon, as the monuments provided a perfect backdrop to focus in on the small, pink flowers.
I was wearing a beautiful dress from the Gal Meets Glam Resort ’19 Collection. It is so flowy and pretty, and the floral embroidery made it so much more special! I completed my look with my favorite white espadrilles, a simple clutch, fun earrings, and pink lipstick. I was also super excited to “debut” my new shorter haircut!
Have you been to see the blossoms before?
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Outfit details: Gal Meets Glam Dress
Viscata Espadrilles (similar here)