I finally went to the French Embassy on Saturday! They're known for having some of the best events, and surprisingly enough, it was the first time visiting the embassy for most of our francophile group.
We got to work on our tans (or wait in line, whichever you prefer).
There was delicious food! Crepes! Sandwiches! Pastries! Fizzy water!
And of course, there was music! Our favourite was the group wearing crowns of oak leaves. Love them!
Before the Symphony on Friday, Aundrea and I got tapas. Shortly after we finished, Eve met up with us for gelato. This place had vegan (thus DF) gelato, which meant no tummy ache for me afterwords! Because really, lactose intolerance ain't gonna stop me from eating gelato.
I went for the Saint-Saens (hello, proof that Camille was originally a man's name) and was out of my mind excited when I learned that Jean-Yves Thibaudet (you probably know him from here) was playing!!!! Completely beside myself. Dream come true. I bought a CD and stood a line that was too short for such an inspiring musician to get his autograph. We spoke a little French together (I spoke a little French with Jean-Yves Thibaudet!!!). He said my name is pretty, which only served to make the night more perfect as that comment brought the whole evening full circle.
Ok, so I had to take a few days to calm down before I wrote this (a few days that included Wikipedia/Google image/Twitter-stalking to the point of feeling like a teen fan girl, and watching videos of my other major celebrity crush to kind of bring myself back to normal).
I don't even know where to start. Chronologically? That'll probably help me sort my thoughts amidst all this excitement.
Rachel, Kari, and I picked up our tickets from Will Call...
And then all of my dreams as a 9-year-old girl came true, and HANSON came out on stage!!! They are incredibly talented and knowledgeable musicians, and they have a great stage presence. I was so happy the whole time. I took lots of photos and tweeted like it was my job, and I have zero apologies.
I am so happy and nothing will ever comparrrreeee. Until I go to my next concert.
Have you been to the National Arboretum yet? It's AMAZING!! I'm sad to say that it took me living here for almost 2 years before I made my first trip this past Saturday. My friend Courtney goes there pretty regularly, which made her the perfect tour guide. There's so much more to see!!!
Did you know that each strand of silk on an ear of corn connects to a different individual kernel? That's how they get their nutrients. SO COOL!
Within the Herb Garden there are smaller nook gardens: medicinal, dye, and fragrance, to name a few.
There's also a Bonsai Garden! Bonsai trees always make me think of Bodley's Court.
Courtney also had us write some original poetry, and then we shared our poems with each other. Talk about an exercise in vulnerability!
Next time, I fully plan on exploring the original columns from the Capitol!
This weekend was incredible. I have 1) so much to write about here 2) zero apologies for all the tweets/instagrams
Sunday night, Eve and I spontaneously hopped in the car and went on a drive to Frederick. Sadly, our friend who lives there, Betsy, was out of town, but she gave us some great tips.
Frederick is simply charming...we walked around Market Street, and the night ended with me waxing poetic with an Estonian yaya as Eve signed with her daughter and son-in-law, and the 10-year-old triplets ran around by the river. Seriously.