Monday, April 21, 2014

National Cherry Blossom Festival

The week before last was the National Cherry Blossom Festival! I'm not going to say that I'd never heard of it before, but it wasn't particularly on my radar way down in North Carolina!

I didn't think I would be able to make it out this year because I had so much going on with work, softball practices, taking care of business, etc...but I did! Most of my coworkers mentioned that most DC natives don't engage in the tourist-y things like the Cherry Blossom Festival...but I refused to be grouped in that category! I come from a small city where there's rarely anything going on, so to be able to go to a national event in my own city means something to me!

There was an actual festival that happened on the 12th that my boyfriend and I were unable to attend. However, we wanted to get out and see the cherry blossoms before they all fell off. Here are some of the pictures I took (he took that picture above):

Aren't these pictures beautiful?! I can tell you that the scenery was more beautiful in person!

This is an event I'd recommend people attend. There were different activities and events throughout the week. I love the beauty of nature so just being able to enjoy the Japanese Cherry Blossom trees on such a beautiful and warm day was reward enough for me.

Be aware!! There were hundreds of thousands of people out...and I'm not exaggerating when I say that!! We DID NOT drive and I wouldn't recommend it. There was gridlock traffic in that area and parking was ridiculous. We took the Metro which took a load off  because we didn't have to worry about driving or parking. Walking was a bit hectic but we weren't in a rush so we took our time.

Next time I hope to be able to attend some of the events and activities. I could have done so this year, if I wouldn't have waited so late to do my taxes!! (For some reason I always wait until the last minute to get those things done. I'm not pressed for the money, so I look at it as a good thing, BUT I promise to do better next year! LOL) Looking back at Japanese Cherry Blossom Week 2014, I can say it was a success! This whole weekend was a great weekend!

Now only if that weather would come back to stay!! :-)
Have a great day y'all! I know I will!

P.S. - Don't forget to check out Janee's Birthday Giveaway for your chance to win a $600 Visa gift card!

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  1. These cherry blossoms really are so beautiful. Wow! I never knew there was a national event for this!

  2. Cherry blossom festival should be on everyone's bucket list. There really is nothing like it. It's one of my favorite trips I took with my husband. I enjoyed your pictures. Take care.

  3. Absolutely beautiful! Nothing like that here in Texas. :(


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