Like A Tourist ~ Cherry Blossom Festival

Each year the National Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates spring in Washington, DC, the gift of the cherry blossom trees, and the enduring friendship between the people of the United States and Japan.  The Festival produces and coordinates daily events featuring diverse and creative programming promoting traditional and contemporary arts and culture, natural beauty, and community spirit.  Over the weekend my momma came up to pay a short visit.  While she was here we headed into the city to enjoy the beautiful 80 degree weather and the Cherry Blossom festival.  We had such a lovely time. Check out the pictures!

On the drive into the city we hit some pretty major traffic.  After all, this past weekend was the last official weekend of the Cherry Blossom Festival.  We were stopped at several lights, so I took the opportunity to take some pretty pictures of the Washington Monument and the Blossoms.

Jacob was working and we were able to park my car at his hotel. He works at the Mandarin Oriental. It's a beautiful hotel. It's the closest hotel to the Tidal Basin, where the Jefferson Memorial and the Blossoms are, and needless to say the hotel was bustling!  Mom and I took a selfie :)

Flowers in the lobby of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel

Before heading over to the Tidal Basin, mom and I had to get something to eat. We were starving.  We walked to the National Mall to investigate the plethora of Food Trucks! We picked the truck at the end, because it has the shortest line. Hot Dogs for lunch!

Love the Washington Monument!

Now it's time for the Cherry Blossoms!

Random paddle boat that ended up in my pictures.

When I first moved here three years ago my parents came up to visit around Easter time.  We had dinner around Georgetown and after dinner we headed home. Well, it was really dark and I was still new to the city and learning my way around.  I got lost trying to get out of the city. I got really lost.  I think we passed the Jefferson Memorial about 5 times.  Now it's an inside family joke between me, mom and dad.  When mom and I were down near the Tidal Basin I told her that we HAD to go up to the Jefferson Memorial to say hi to Tom. Love it!

Good ol' Thomas Jefferson

This is our attempt at a better picture with Tom. Cheezin'

Have a wonderful day!