Monday, May 14, 2012

Around the World in One Day

Over two dozen embassies opened their doors to visitors this weekend for the European Union Embassy Open House.  This event is always very well organized; offering a peek into many different countries.  Every year, the girls and I attend at least one of the weekends of open houses.

Shuttle buses take visitors to different stops along the embassy route.  The weather was sunny and warm, so we walked a good bit, but also rode the shuttle for longer distances.  Programs detail the activities for each embassy and provide maps and addresses.  It's fun to get your "passport" stamped at each country as you visit.

The first stop on our tour was the British Embassy.  A photo with the Queen was a must! 


The table is set for an elegant dinner.  A man wearing a lovely tuxedo explained the menu for the dinner and gave a brief introduction to protocol for such an event.


Alexia is excited to sign a card to celebrate the Queen's Jubilee!


The red telephone box is so cute!  Natalia said, "Ummmm, Mom, this phone says Verizon on it." It would be a pretty expensive call if the phone belonged to another company, I suppose.


Embassies offered so many other treats to visitors.  The Embassy of Greece had delicious  food and other embassies had samples of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.  The men in this photo are Estonian folk dancers.  We really enjoyed their performance.


Part of the fun is seeing the architecture of the embassy buildings.  The embassies around the Dupont Circle area are housed in gorgeous mansions while other more modern structures are found in larger open areas.  The Italian embassy is very modern in design, both inside and outside of the building.  Even the interior paint and furniture is stunning. 


The minnies thought that this little blue Vespa would be perfect for them!  It's adorable, but I preferred the Maserati that was parked in the long driveway. 

The event is family friendly and there are many children's activities.  In our adventure around the world, the minnies played mini-golf, soccer, made homemade pasta, and created works of art.  They spent quite a long time working with the ceramics master while he worked. 

Other fun activities for children include face painting, temporary tattoos, princess parades, dancing, playing musical instruments and much, much more!

The Embassy Open House is already on our calendar for next year!  I highly recommend this free spring activity. 
xoxo

8 comments:

  1. I attended this event as well! Next year I will try and begin the day right at 10 am, the lines were incredibly long mid day!

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  2. Looks like Epcot, my favourite Disney park!

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  3. What a great idea! Fun for parents and kids. Thanks for letting us know about this one.

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  4. Sounds like so much fun! I might just have to take a trip to Maryland next year so I can participate!

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  5. The minnies look precious and that really seems like an amazing tour
    xoxo
    SC

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  6. It's a wonderful event and I love it that it is free! So amazing.

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  7. This event looks like a wonderful way to learn more about other countries cultures and ways of life. Great fun!

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  8. I had never heard of this event before, but now it's one of my must sees.

    Your daughters are so sweet and adorable.

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