Moving takes time! Especially when staying at a furnished corporate condo for 3 months while trying to find a more permanent home.
House and condo visits, settling in, new routine, new marks.
All good fun in a new town but also quite exhausting.
While cooking has been put on hold for a while – there isn’t much you can do in a furnished place with 3 plates, 1 sauce pan and 2 pans – exploring and going on new adventures are the main activities that have taken much of my time and weekends.
Along with finding a new home.
In the end, it is a great way to discover a city and new areas.
Washington is everything I was expecting and so much more.
I could talk to you for hours about how colorful the D.C. streets are.
It reminds me of Boston a lot except that instead of being surrounded by a sea of red bricks typical of the Bostonian landscape, my head is now spinning and overwhelmed at the multitude of brightly painted facades in every color of the rainbow.
And how ironic that my temporary street is one of the most colorful streets in the area called Shaw and that the houses across from me are painted with the colors of the French flag.
It’s quaint, it’s delightful, it’s bright and it’s lovely.
Walking and exploring is so much more fun when there are secrets to discover at every street corner.
If you are thinking about visiting D.C., the followings are worth a mention:
- Think about exploring Logan Circle – standing in the center of the circle and observing the beautiful old mansions is something I do not get tired of doing on a daily basis
- La Colombe, Compass Coffee, The Big Bear Cafe and The Coffee Bar make for exquisite places to rest, work, read, and catch up with friends
- Le Droit Park and Bloomingdale are both residential areas never featured in the tourists guides – quaint to walk through for their houses, colors, vibe and charm
- How could you not fall in love with Salt & Sundry – the perfect store to find a gift
- The colorful stools and food at Duke’s Grocery got me really excited to go back again
- Chaia in Georgetown wooed me over with their “farm to taco” concept – a great vegetarian spot
- As mentioned above, the city has great painted houses and murals – you should not miss the watermelon house at 11th St and Q St NW and the Dacha Beer Garden with the giant portrait of Liz Taylor
The new adventures and flavors D.C. has to offer are so enticing.
New musings, new colors and visual experiences.
Next time, I hope to announce something about a brand new home.