Washington Plaza Hotel


By |2014-12-06T08:55:27-05:00July 17, 2014|Travel|

This post is an update to the one you read just a few days ago. I had several other places I had wanted to show you but needed to gather the images.

#1. Meridian Hill Park

This is a National Park Service property up in the Columbia Heights section of the District.The park construction was started in 1914 and finished in 1936. Take a look at their site: it has the entire history and lots of wonderful historic photographs. I had never heard of it! But my daughter lives nearby so we took a walk up there on what was, for Washington in July, an unusually pleasant, clear and low humidity day. I only took a few photos but here they are:

Meridian Hill Park Collage_wm

This is the largest “cascading” water flow in a park in this country. And it was just beautiful.

Meridian Hill Park_wm

Next on my update list for you:

#2. Union Market


Union Market, located in the NE section of the city, opened in 1931 selling all kinds of produce, meat, vegetables etc. to both the public […]

“HOW ETSY IS CHANGING AMERICAN CRAFTS” SYMPOSIUM (and other highlights of our DC visit)

By |2014-05-15T21:34:29-04:00January 4, 2014|Travel|


The title of this post doesn’t begin to describe the information learned and the ideas uncovered during this evening at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.

In mid-December the Smithsonian Associates (an educational unit of the  Smithsonian Institution) hosted an evening of Etsy. Present to speak at this symposium were Vanessa Bertozzi, Senior Program Manager at Etsy, Nicholas Bell, a Curator at the Renwick Gallery, Allison Fomich of TigerLillyShop, a local Etsy vendor, and Sarah Kathryn of Creatiate, also a local Etsy vendor.

Best of all, this entire program was created and managed by my daughter who works for the Smithsonian Associates!

ELW_wm Sorry, it’s a little blurry, but that’s my girl!

 Do you want to know some facts about Etsy? 

The conversation amongst the panelists was fascinating and went in many different interesting directions, but I thought some of the plain and simple facts about Etsy as a company were perhaps the most amazing, so here we go:

They have 450 employees
There are one million, yes, that’s one million, shops on Etsy
There are thirty million members/purchasers
There are (average) sixty million unique monthly visitors
They are active in 200 countries

Some information about sellers in the United […]

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