Yesterday, my friend Kit and I ran off to DC to see the annual blooms of the cherry trees. I was particularly excited to come across the "pink trees" as there were only a few in bloom this year. Most of the trees were a snowy white color and it was so ethereal to walk under them. The Cherry Blossom Festival is the quintessential spring experience, and one of DC's biggest tourist attractions each year.
Our first stop was my favorite museum, the Hirshhorn gallery. There are so many wonderful works of art here, along with many shocking, troubling, and downright crazy pieces. My favorite was a video entitled "A Short Film About Looking," (I wish they had the whole thing online!) which was just about the zaniest thing imaginable. Of course I couldn't take many photos, but if you're ever in the DC area, check out this museum! It's free, and it's a great alternative to the National Gallery which is partially closed due to renovation.
Then, we visited the Library of Congress. To be honest, I'd never thought I'd ever step foot inside. What's so special about a library, right? Wrong. This was singlehandedly the most beautiful and inspiring building that I've ever set foot in. The archways, the amazing detail in all the sculpture, and those beautiful stained glass windows in the ceiling! It was like heaven on earth!
Though we were not able to get into the reading room, Kit and I explored the halls with hearts aflutter. We overheard a tour guide explain the detail of many of the painted walls, and we were inspired by the historical meanings and symbolism. The Library of Congress was definitely my favorite part of our day by far.
Such beauty and craftsmanship. I want to go back! Heck, I want to live there!
Another one of our destinations was an abandoned church in Southwest DC. This church, originally constructed in the 1800's, was condemned and left for dead. That was until an artist purchased it and decided to turn it into a permanent artistic installation. The HENSE Mural project is the beginning to a new art movement in DC, with plans to construct a new art museum and more attractions nearby. I'm excited to see the outcome!
Such a fun and inspiring day!
Where would you go on your day off?
Have you been to any of these sights? What did you think of them?