Cultural Travel Hosts a World of Blooms

In 1912, cultural travel was a bit more difficult and complex. There were no planes to jump across the ocean. There were no TV’s or Internet. There were no radios. In 1912, there was a slower pace, a lot less people on the planet, and well….there was beauty. As a gesture of good will, Japan gave the United States 3000 cherry trees which explode with beauty each spring. One of the proponents of planting blooming trees along the Potomac was Eliza Skidmore who was the first woman on the board of the National Geographic Society.  She lived from 1856 to 1928. Eliza Skidmore-1st woman on the board of the National Geographic Society

This year is a special year because it has been 100 years since Japan made that special gift to the people of the United States. If you have never been to Washington D.C. this year might be the year to go. Why? Because in April, all of those cherry trees will be in full bloom, and while you are there, you can explore the whole world in the museums that surround the mall.  Florence McGinn in her article in the Examiner says,


The National Cherry Blossom Festival is the capital’s greatest springtime celebration. The 2012 Festival will run from March 20 – April 27, providing residents and visitors with 5 spectacular weeks of events designed to highlight traditional and contemporary arts and culture, natural beauty, and community spirit.


Make your plans now to travel to Washington this spring. It should be a really memorable event. The theatrical display of blossoms will soothe your soul, and while you are there, you can explore a world of cultural events at each of the museums.


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