Travel | #USA – Heritage & Museums in Washington DC

Among all museums in the US, those in Washington are unique because admission is free. The National Mall is surrounded by many interesting museums you can hardly avoid. You may challenge yourself and visit them all or you can pick up depending on your interests. If museum is not your thing, there is an incredible number of memorials to see in Washington, plus the US Capitol, the Library of Congress and the National Archives for example. White House tours are also free, but subject to request through a Congress Member or your Embassy in Washington if you’re a foreigner.

Anyway, when I went to Washington two weeks ago I visited some of these places of interest. If you lack inspiration, here’s a few glimpses of things you may want to see there:

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Travel | #USA – Washington D.C

  • See the National Mall and take a walk in Georgetown.
  • Eat & Drink:

Good Stuff Eatery

Some of the best Burgers in town! The place works like Shake Shack in terms of service… but the Burgers…. I can tell you like many people I will remember Obama for his presidency, but also for this unforgetable “Prez Obama Burger” I ate there! // 303 Pennsylvania Avenue – SE  Washington DC 20003

Baked & Wired

Plan your walk in Georgetown but don’t forget the afternoon tea. Head to Baked & Wired, spend half an hour to choose a cupcake and treat yourself near Washington docks. My “Unporked Elvis”, a banana cake with peanut butter frosting was seriously good… // 1052 Thomas Jefferson Street – NW Washington DC 20007

Founding Farmers

If you decide to go there, here is my advice: be patient and be hungry (which sometimes comes with you being patient I know). The place can be really crowded and you can only add your name on a list and… wait. But once you’re in there, you’re definitively in for a treat. Portions are insane and taste is incredible so make sure you make a deal with your friends to share a bit of everything! Farmers breads are incredible, dog rolls as well and I never saw fried chicken quite like this. Life without this place would be a mistake so don’t miss it. // 1924 Pennsylvania Avenue – NW Washington DC 20006

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Travel | #UK – Margate, Botany Bay, Broadstairs & Ramsgate

I guess this weekend was just one of these perfect walks. Beautiful landscapes, neither hot or cold, grey at the beginning and sunny at the end. And for the first time of my life, I saw a seal. There is no age to discover nature and to love it a bit more! I really felt like a child… Anyway, I already covered this walk – which is part of the Viking Costal Trail – in a previous post except this time I had no bike! And I can only recommend it, you can’t possibly get tired of these wonderful seafronts.
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Tate Modern – Switch House

Last week I finally visited the Switch House, the latest building in the Tate family. My guess is that the concret brown bloc may not please everyone in terms of aesthetic, but to be fair it offers tremendous space inside and a free 360 degree view of London at level 10. So you definitively need to pay a visit too!

La semaine dernière, j’ai enfin visité la Switch House, dernière arrivée dans la famille Tate. Je suppose que l’énorme bloc de béton marron n’est pas du goût de tous. Cependant, à l’intérieur le bâtiment offre un espace assez incroyable et une vue à 360 de tout Londres… gratuitement! De quoi vous convaincre d’une petite visite… 

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Travel | #France – St Mandrier, Le Castellet & L’Ile du Gaou

I’ve reached this time of year where I feel confused about what ‘home’ means to me. I’ve just come back from France – my birth country – and visited my family and it always reminds me how much I miss the South, the Sun, the people, the food… I come from Avignon, but since my departure to the UK my mum moved a little bit more towards the sea near Toulon. I go there a few times a year, and here are three of my favorite places: St Mandrier (a little beach near my mum’s house); the beautiful medieval village Le Castellet and the very turquoise Ile du Gaou. These are places you should visit if you decide to spend some time in Toulon or in the region. Of course, there are other beautiful spots to discover, but I guess I’ll keep them for another post… As for my little confusion, I suppose ‘home’ is wherever you feel good and surrounded by the people you love.

Elle est là, cette période de l’année qui m’embrouille et me fait douter de l’endroit où “chez moi” se situe. Je reviens fraîchement de France – mon pays d’origine – où j’ai rendu visite à ma famille et c’est toujours la même chose: je me rends compte à quel point le Sud me manque, le Soleil, les gens, la nourriture… Je viens d’Avignon, mais depuis mon départ au Royaume-Uni, ma mère a poussé ses valises un peu plus loin dans le Sud près de Toulon. J’y vais quelques fois durant l’année et voici trois de mes lieux préférés : la plage de St Mandrier ; le beau village médiéval du Castellet ; et la très turquoise Ile du Gaou. Si vous décidez de passer du temps dans les alentours de Toulon ou dans le Var, vous devriez passer par là. Bien sûr, il y a bien d’autres endroits à découvrir, mais je les garde pour un prochain post… Quant au “chez soi”, je suppose que c’est là où l’on se sent bien entouré de ceux que l’on aime.

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Teahouse | The Petersham Nurseries

When it’s snack time, the sweetest destination is the Teahouse at Petersham Nurseries in Richmond. Wonderful cakes, lovely teas, colorful chairs surrounded by the most beautiful flowers you can find in London. That sums it all up pretty much!

Le plus doux et le plus fleuri des goûters se prend à la Teahouse de Petersham Nurseries dans Richmond.  De bons gâteaux, de bons thés, une déco colorée agrémentée des plus jolies fleurs que l’on trouve dans les environs de Londres. Que demander de plus ?

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Teahouse – Petersham Nurseries

Church Lane, Off Petersham Road – TW10 7AB Richmond

 

Travel | #UK – Cotswolds: Bibury

Oh you really thought I would only put two pictures of Bibury in my previous post and vaguely mention it? Oh no, no, no… Sorry, but you will have to endure a little bit more of Cotswolds today!

Ah ! Mais vous n’avez tout de même pas cru que j’allais poster deux photos seulement de Bibury avec une vague mention dans mon article précèdent? Non, non, non, cela serait bien mal me connaître ! Il vous faudra donc supporter encore un peu de Cotswolds aujourd’hui !

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Travel | #UK – Cotswolds

This weekend we’ve decided to spend some time in the Costwolds, these little hills in the Regions of Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Somerset, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and Worcestershire. There are endless ways you can visit all the wonderful villages and heritage sites in these regions: walks, trails, car, bike… You can spend a weekend, an afternoon, a week… choose one, two, three, ten villages… it’s really up to you and you won’t be disappointed. As usual we made up our minds last minute, so we chose to stay at Stow on the Wold, we visited Chastleton House before our arrival ; Lower and Upper Slaughters and Bourton on the Water (in a two hours walk) and then Blockley. Next day we went to Bibury and Cirencester before heading back to London. But there is an incredible amount of small and lovely villages there set in a beautiful countryside, so possibilities are infinite. You can’t possibly be wrong, no matter your budget or time. However, be aware that most of the heritage houses and gardens in the area are closed during weekend in July. Why? Well ask all the brides and grooms we met during our stay…. But let’s keep it positive it just means we will be back!

Ce weekend, c’est les Costwolds que nous avons choisi pour nous échapper de la capitale, c’est petites collines situées dans les régions de Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Somerset, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and Worcestershire.

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ROYAL ALBERT HALL | BBC PROMS 2016: Aurora Orchestra – Rihm, Strauss & Mozart (PROM 21)

Proms Proms Proms Proms. I speak Proms, breathe Proms, sing Proms and write Proms these days. I always loved this festival and this year is no exception. But there is something new though, I sang there on Friday night with the London Symphony Chorus. London Symphony Orchestra, Bernard Haitink and Sarah Connolly… not so bad for a premiere, no? This delightful night was broadcasted live on both TV and Radio 3, you can enjoy it here. As a performer, it is a unique and exciting experience, but I still wanted to go as an audience member as well, so yesterday I went there to listen to the fantastic Aurora Orchestra – check their website and next gigs if you never heard about them – and spent another lovely afternoon at the Royal Albert Hall.

Proms Proms Proms Proms. Ces derniers jours, je parle Proms, je respire Proms, je chante Proms et j’écris Proms. J’ai toujours adoré ce festival, et cette année ne fait pas exception à la régle… quoique quelque chose de nouveau est arrivé: cette année j’y ai chanté avec le London Symphony Chorus. London Symphony, Bernard Haitink et Sarah Connolly… pour une première c’est plutôt sympa, j’en convient. Cette merveilleuse soirée a été enregistrée pour la TV et BBC Radio 3, voici un lien pour vous la faire (re)vivre. Sur scène, c’est certain: c’est une expérience unique et fantastique. Mais il n’empêche que j’apprécie tout autant d’y aller en spectatrice. Hier donc, je suis allée écouter le Aurora Orchestre et j’ai de nouveau passé un après-midi bien agréable au Royal Albert Hall en leur compagnie. Bien sûr, si vous ne connaissez pas le Aurora Orchestra, il convient de visiter leur site, choisir un concert prochainement et y aller.

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