Spring arrives in the Washington DC area with a sweet, lively spirit, unfolding with increasing beauty and variety by the beginning of April. Right now, we are at the height of pink sakura wonder and the National Cherry Blossom Festival is in full bloom! The Festival is an annual two-week event that "celebrates springtime in Washington, DC as well as the 1912 gift of the cherry blossom trees and the enduring friendship between the people of the United States and Japan."
With the famous pale pink Yoshino cherry blossom display reaching its peak at the DC Tidal Basin this week, I set out to explore the fleeting, beautiful sights...
My journey started in lovely Old Town Alexandria, where the unique and delicious Buzz bakery cafe offered a special "Cherry Blossom" latte made with French cherry syrup and dark chocolate--really divine! Here's a cup next to the equally perfect weather report:
Other seasonal specials at Buzz:
In bloom in the neighborhood:
In the garden of historic Christ Church, magnificent magnolias:
And rosy dicentra: