Blogs from Washington D.C., District of Columbia, United States, North America


From the Washington Post: Across the country, pollen season is starting earlier and intensifying because of rising global temperatures and carbon dioxide concentrations. url= research showed that pollen season lengthened by 20 days over the past three decades across North America, while pollen concentrations increased by 21 percent. The most affected places were the U.S. Southeast and Midwest. Yes, my seasonal and year around allergies are worse than ever. Lexi too! I use the f... read more
I love DC

I have always loved visiting our nation's capital, Washington, DC. Last spring was my first visit with the new President. It was not pretty (post trump), with security and fencing surrounding both the White House, and Congress. The Smithsonians were still closed. But now, I hope DC is back to normal, though we are now in the middle of an awful war. I guess we hit the trifecta of trump, covid, and war. We need to move beyond this as soon as possible. One of the main reasons for my visit is the viewing of the cherry blossoms. Peak bloom will be March 23-25, so I will miss it by over a week. The same thing happened to me last year. Obviously, the early bloom is the result of global warming. The other reason is to ... read more
Black Lives Matter!!!
DC Union Station
Cherry blossom time

From Inside Hook: Set to be held in person in 2022, the District celebrates the blooming of our cherry trees with a month-long festival commemorating the gift from the mayor of Tokyo to Washington, DC. in 1912. The festival includes formal events all around DC, including the Blossom Kite Festival, Petalpalooza, the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade, the Pink Tie Party and more. And, of course, lots of cherry tree peeping not only around the Tidal Basin but throughout the entire District. url= read more
A previous visit

Our President, Joe Biden does not drink alcohol. The first photo is part of the White House wine cellar. But how many Americans drink alcohol, and how many drink wine? Fifty percent of adult Americans don’t drink wine. According to the latest Wine Market Council Alcohol Consumer Report, a fourth of the U.S. adult population abstains from alcohol completely, mostly due to religious reasons. Another 26% of adults choose to drink beer and spirits over wine. Only about 14% of U.S. adults consume a majority of the wine in the country, even though the U.S. is the third-largest importer of wine by volume in the world. Hard to believe! According to Winespeed.Speaking of drinking, never underestimate (per Winespeed) Costco. Alcohol sales at Costco in 2020 were $5 billion, nearly double the amount ten ... read more
Wine barrels
More wines

DC Free While many east coast cities, namely New York, and Boston, can be quite expensive, Washington, DC is more affordable. Why? Because many attractions in the city are free, easily accessed by public transportation, and appeal to wide range of ages. Here are a few to consider on your next trip to our nation's capitol. The National Mall, and all of the monuments and memorials are free. You can visit President Biden at the White House, if you make arrangements through your US Senator or Congressman. All of the Smithsonian Museums are free. I love them! The Kennedy Center has free tours, as well as free daily concerts. The Library of Congress does not require a library card! It may be difficult to get into the US Capitol Building after the trump inspired insurrection, and ... read more
Eastern Market
High security
Fencing Around Lafayette Park

Now that we are flying again to far off places, jet lag has reared its unwelcome head. Nobody talks about it, since we are consumed with vaccines, masks, and which countries are open to Americans. It does seem that as I get older, I am more susceptible to jet lag. Also, flying west to east is a bigger issue than east to west. At least it makes European travel better once I return home. What is jet lag? I like the Mayo Clinic and their explanation. Jet lag occurs because crossing multiple time zones puts your internal clock (circadian rhythms), which regulates your sleep-wake cycle, out of sync with the time in your new locale. And because it takes a few days for your body to adjust, your sleep-wake cycle, along with most other body functions, ... read more
Feel like this?
Stay calm!

How would you like to add 8 years to your life? I found this article both interesting and wishful thinking. I like to think we all have a sense of humor. But I have noticed, as I get older, fewer things amuse me or make me laugh. Why? I thought you would be interested in this story I found on MSN: Having a Sense of Humor Could Add 8 Years to Your Life and Lead to a Better Career For one, the jokes I receive via email are not as funny. And the cartoons posted on FB seem less amusing. But when I see what I think is a GOOD one, I do smile or even laugh out loud. So, it takes more to amuse me, and it happens less often. The cartoon above (Ask ... read more
The Boss!
Ask Alice

DC, USA 🇺🇸 at Capitol Hill May 2008 Parul and I did a memorial weekend getaway...educational and fun 🤩🤩🤩... read more
Parul at Capitol Hill
Me at Capitol Hill
Capitol Hill

I have a feeling of Deja Vu. It is late December 2010 and we are in the Radisson Blu in Bamako, Mali, West Africa on our way to Timbuktu...two items dominating the News...the floods sweeping through our fellow travellers' hometown in Toowoomba, Queensland and a simmering coup in Cote d'Ivoire. Kinda surreal that 39 hours from Australia and Mike & Ros's hometown is in the News...houses swept away...lives threatened. Their house is on a hill so they will be OK they say. Images of fighting in the streets of Abidjan... turmoil following incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo’s refusal to concede defeat in the 28 November 2010 Presidential elections to his opponent, former Prime Minister Alassane Ouattara. Daily reports...killings...the UN forces holed up...all say Ouattara clearly won...but no way Ghagbo is relinquishing power without a fight. Sound familiar? ... read more

From Jetsetting Fools: Travel inspirations – like movies filmed in far-away places and food from foreign lands – can have multifaceted affects. A film can spark wanderlust for places you never knew existed. A book can create excitement about an upcoming trip. Feasting on cuisine from another country can quell the urge to book a trip and sipping a glass of wine can bring back fond memories of previous travels. GK: the only movies or TV shows that inspired me were the Olympics. Places like Vancouver, Montreal, Rio, Tokyo, and Sydney! With a good travel book – or a destination cocktail – in hand, we can virtually travel to cities around the world…even if we are currently stuck at home. I have read all the Bryson and Theroux books,... read more
The Itch
High on Brazil

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