Spring in DC is a sight to behold. After such a frigid and lengthy winter, it almost seemed as though spring might never come this year, that we might in fact jump from winter to summer. But as the winter ever so slowly melted away, so did my melodramatics. Spring did indeed come, and she came with extraordinary color.
Once the cherry blossoms make their appearance, it's usually only a week or so until all the vivid tulips start popping up everywhere (a favorite of mine to be sure). So as you can imagine I tend to highlight that weekend's outings around wherever we can catch a glimpse of all the bright blooms! This year we caught most of the blooms in one of three places: somewhere along the Mount Vernon Trail right along the Memorial Bridge, walking through Dumbarton Oaks (the garden of all gardens in DC & one that deserves its own post), or driving up to the oft forgotten Netherlands Carillon.
Home to the memorial given by the Dutch for their gratitude for the American aid they received during WWII, the Carillon houses 50 bells that chime on the hour, as well as play little automated "concerts" twice day. We haven't managed to enjoy one yet, but in the summer months there are even live concerts on Saturday nights that are given by guest carillonneurs (yes there are such things - how wonderful is that?). Located between Arlington Cemetery & Iwo Jima, it's definitely worth a quick trip, if for nothing else than the amazing views of the National Mall across the Potomac.