@home in Georgetown ~ Georgetown’s East Village…herring hill

On the very East end of the East Village of Georgetown, is a neighborhood with its own personal charm.  Long ago referred to as Herring Hill, the name comes from its border to Rock Creek and for the fish that were caught here.

Long before Washington was the capital, with tobacco crops plentiful in Maryland and Virginia, and with easy access to the Potomac, Georgetown grew.   The less fortunate laborers lived in housing along Rock Creek.  The stories of African American slaves, free African Americans and professionals living together, side by side,  are legendary. Anyone who lives, or has lived here is eternally grateful for the privilege of experiencing this charming charming neighborhood.

Stop to shop or just for a visit and exchange Bonjours. We have a delightful French Ambassador to Georgetown…..Jean Pierre! Everyone in this neighborhood has a treasure with a story from Jean Pierre Antiques!

Rice from Spain, beans from France, the best compact collection of premium ingredients available anywhere!  Home and hand made charcuterie is the signature specialty.  Two daily, always perfectly delicious, dinner specials have the neighborhood totally spoiled. Duck, bouillabaisse, prime rib…😍

Georgetown Wine and Spirits.…Whether you need the perfect hostess gift like a craft bottle of Kentucky Bourbon or just garlic stuffed olives for your martini…this is the place….

We love Rose Park…..a little green paradise with  famous tennis courts, 2 toddler parks, picnic table gatherings, farmers market, and a cut through to M street!

And, of course…Julia Child lived here…Julia Child met her husband Paul when they worked together internationally for the O.S.S.  When they moved to Washington,  they bought this house on Olive Street.  Julia started a Sunday supper club that included Pamela Harriman and Catherine Graham.  They didn’t know much about cooking and needed the practice.  It worked, they actually got to be quit good cooks.  When Paul’s diplomatic duties took them to Paris, Julia attended the most prestigious Le Cordon Bleu.  The rest is history…..you can read all  about it or Meryl Streep will take you there in the movie Julia and Julie.  You can also visit Julia’s Cambridge, Massachusetts kitchen at the Smithsonian.

@home in Georgetown ~ November Project

Lincoln stairs….  Crack of Dawn!  Energy level…..Full Throttle!

The Army…..

The Navy…

And November Project…

The November Project is a free, open-to-the-public exercise group founded in Boston, Massachusetts, in 2011.[1] The name “November Project” comes from the Google Doc that the founders shared with each other to track their progress in November 2011. While sessions occur year-round, the name stuck.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/November_Project

https://november-project.com/about/

@home in Georgetown ~ The Dumbarton Bridge

Welcome to Georgetown….The legend behind the Dumbarton Bridge….

Georgetown was formed in the mid 1700’s, way before Washington D.C, was the capitol. The Tudor House and the surrounding Georgetown Heights are famous for the view for Georgetown Residents, of the early activity coming up the Potomac toward Washington City.

The charming story of Georgetown’s merge with Washington and the construction of the Dumbarton Bridge is a great read:

https://the-interesting-story-of-the-dumbarton-bridge

The Buffalo are the largest cast single pieces of bronze!

The Landscape….A lovely look around…….

 

@home in Georgetown ~ Forest Bathing at Thomas Roosevelt Island!

Priceless little urban get away…President Teddy Roosevelt was known as the conservation president.  Roosevelt Island is such a great tribute and such an easily accessible reminder of how legendary the story and how valuable the asset, our National Park System!

Did you know that forest bathing is a staple of preventive healthcare and healing in Japan? I first heard of forest bathing on NPR on one of my drives out of Cleveland to Washington. How convenient!   A forest bath is not a bath or a hike, but an immersion of the senses.  The guest, therapy guide, Melanie Choukas-Bradley, leads forest bathing retreats at Roosevelt Island.

http://www.npr.org/forest-bathing-a-retreat-to-nature-can-boost-immunity-and-mood

So treat yourself to a forest bath!  The bike ride there alone,  is worth the price of admission!

@home in Georgetown~The Korean War Memorial “Our nation honors her sons and daughters who answered the call to defend a country they never knew and a people they never met.”

With the looming threat of Korea in our current daily national news, an opportunity to re-visit the past.

The television series “M*A*S*H,” was set in a field hospital in South Korea. The series ran from 1972 until 1983, and its final episode was the most-watched in television history.

A veteran describes this duty as 95% waiting with the remaining 5% being of sheer terror. The weather conditions could not have been worse with extreme temperatures as low as 18 below, causing many to lose fingers and toes, hands and feet.  The soldier in this group on the end closest to the viewer is the commander and depicts a soldier from real life who is alive today.  

The figures represent a platoon on patrol, drawn from each branch of the armed forces; fourteen of the figures are from the U.S. Army, three are from the Marine Corps, one is a Navy Corpsman, and one is an Air Force Forward Air Observer. They are dressed in full combat gear, dispersed among strips of granite and juniper bushes which represent the rugged terrain of Korea.[6]  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Korean_War_Veterans_Memorial

The soldier with the radio always knew that he was the number one target being the one holding the communication connection.

The objective was to reflect the 38th parallel separating North from South Korea and 38 months of war with 38 stainless steel soldiers. With 38 figures being too many and too costly, the black granite wall reflects the 19 multiplying them to 38. 

Georgetown Soul~~~ Rowing

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“It is hard to make that boat go as fast as you want to. The enemy, of course, is resistance of the water, as you have to displace the amount of water equal to the weight of men and equipment, but that very water is what supports you and that very enemy is your friend. So is life: the very problems you must overcome also support you and make you stronger in overcoming them. —George Yeoman Pocock”

Where Rock Creek flows into the Potomac, between the Kennedy Center and the Georgetown Waterfront, a boathouse has been home to rowers since the late 1800’s. Thompson Boathouse serves 14 high schools and 2 universities, along with endless other activity.  It’s one of the few mega boathouse in the country.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Rowing is the oldest intercollegiate sport in the United States.

Rowing at Georgetown has a distinguished history dating back to the founding of the Boat Club in 1876.

Notable Georgetown crew alumni include walk-on Mike Vespoli, the founder and chief executive officer of Vespoli USA, Inc.[38] as well as actor Bradley Cooper.[39][40]

The men have won 5 national championships at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association Regatta, the most recent being the men’s varsity lightweight fours with coxswain on June 5, 2016. The first national championship win was in 1991 with the varsity heavyweight fours with coxswain.

The rowing blade features blue and gray, the team’s colors since 1876.

Under the guidance of coaches Luke Agnini and Steve Full, Georgetown competes as a member of the top leagues in American rowing, the Eastern Association of Rowing Collegesand Eastern Association of Women’s Rowing Colleges. Georgetown’s four crew teams have seen success in recent years, including trips to the Henley Royal Regatta and entry into the Eastern Sprints for the men’s heavyweight and lightweight teams and second-in-the-nation finishes for both men’s and women’s lightweight teams.[33][34] Many Georgetown oarsmen and -women have gone on to represent the United States on national and Olympic teams.[35]

Notable Georgetown crew alumni include walk-on Mike Vespoli, the founder and chief executive officer of Vespoli USA, Inc.[38] as well as actor Bradley Cooper.[39][40]

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Georgetown…..The Urban Garden

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If someone didn’t take you here, would you ever find it?  It’s a best kept secret of many sorts, not only in location but state of mind.  This is sacred space!

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Leave it to Elizabeth!  Our family Master Gardener!  Thank you Elizabeth!

This may not look like much now but just you wait!

 

 

 

Crazy for Georgetown

Georgetown House Tour – No lines..no waiting…NO pictures

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This was the 83rd Running of this very interesting event!  It comes with a catalogue worth keeping, describing the story behind and current occupants of each lovely home.

This is a photo of a carriage house in the corner of the garden.  The inside is as full of impeccable detail as the outside.