Saturday, April 20, 2013

a saturday stroll

A thing we don't have in Greece is yard sales. So, today, I was more than happy to go to a neighborhood called Adams Morgan where there was one. Although the yard sale itself wasn't as impressive as I had expected, the stroll we took in the area more than made up for it. Unfortunately, my cell phone didn't have much space left so I only took a few photos.





I was impressed by the houses; maybe because they're so different from those in Greece. Also, I can't get over how much greenery there is in every neighborhood I've visited so far.

There are plenty of places to eat there and all kinds of cuisine, too. Apparently, having brunch is really popular here, so after having ours at Mintwood Place we headed towards Dupont Circle. We were really glad to discover a small but oh, so cute, coffee place called Soho. We'll be definitely going back there! Too bad I didn't take any pictures.

 Then we visited the National Museum of American History, but we only spent half an hour there as it closes at 5.30. I hope we'll visit it again tomorrow as the exhibitions are fascinating. To give you a hint, I was looking at the hat Abraham Lincoln was wearing the night he was assassinated when one of the employees told us to "proceed to the nearest exit". I can't wait to go back!

Until then, take a look at this picture:

this is the counter!
On February 1, 1960, four African American college students sat down at a lunch counter at Woolworth’s in Greensboro, North Carolina, and politely asked for service. Their request was refused. When asked to leave, they remained in their seats. Their passive resistance and peaceful sit-down demand helped ignite a youth-led movement to challenge racial inequality throughout the South. 
 information from here

 
That's all for today...
 I hope you all are enjoying your weekend! :)

27 comments:

  1. such colourful pics!!!! lovely!!!!
    xxx Ale

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  2. So enjoying your pictures of your new home area.
    Joy xx

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  3. Thanks for the wonderful pictures !!
    Bärbel

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  4. Καλησπέρα Ευη μου!!Φανταστικές οι φωτογραφίες σου!!Μού άρεσε η πρώτη μέ τά σπιτάκια!!Τό καθένα καί διαφορετικό χρώμα!!Χαίρομαι πού διαβάζω ότι είσαι καλά καί κάνης όμορφες εξερευνήσεις στήν καινούργια σου γειτονιά!!Καλή εβδομάδα!!Φιλάκια!!

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    1. Τα σπιτακια μου αρεσουν κι εμενα πολυ εδω, ειναι λες και βγηκαν απο ταινια!

      Καλη βδομαδα και σ'εσενα!

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  5. Wow, these are amazing buildings.....Heidi
    I hope your doing well, in your new adventure!

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  6. I feel nothing but envy after viewing those photographs. Beautiful!

    Enjoy your Sunday.

    Paul

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    1. Oh, thanks Paul! Hope you're having a great week!

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  7. Lovely photos and an interesting post. I love coloured buildings and the houses in the first photo are not only colourful but an unusual curved design.
    http://missbbobochic.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. It's their shape that impresses me, too! Thanks for visiting!

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  8. Αχ νιώθω τόσο ωραία να βλέπω εικόνες γνώριμες, είναι κάπως... σαν να μην είμαι μόνη :)
    Εμείς πήγαμε σήμερα σε ένα μεγάλο flea market και βρήκαμε τέλεια παλιά κουτιά και αντικείμενα, αλλά δεν έχω πολύ χώρο πλέον στο σπίτι και δε πήραμε αυτή τη φορά. Τα yard sales έχουν την πλάκα τους κι αυτά! Ανθίζουν όλα τώρα και είναι πανέμορφα, ειδικά στα προάστια που είναι όλα καταπράσινα!

    Φιλιά Εύη μου, καλή εβδομάδα :)

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    1. Ουτε εμεις αγορασαμε τιποτα, δε βρηκαμε κατι αξιολογο. Νομιζω πως τα flea markets θα ειναι οντως overwhelming!
      Εμενα μου συμβαινει το αντιθετο... ακομα δεν εχουμε αγορασει ολα μας τα επιπλα και εχουμε εκνευριστικα πολυ χωρο. χιχιχχι

      Να εχεις κι εσυ καλη βδομαδα!

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  9. We do have yardsales here in Belgium, but nothing as elaborate as the ones you see on US shows. Also, because we don't really have a lot of houses with a front garden that's accessible from the street, they're more like pavementsales. Or streetsales. I don't really like 'em very much, to be honest. They attract a certain type of people, over here. Maybe it's different elsewhere.

    RYC: Sure, going on walks (or anywhere, really) with friends or family is just as fun! When you go on your own you don't really have anyone to talk to when you see something interesting. They both have their pros and cons :)

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    1. I think I can guess the "certain type" judging from what I've seen in flea markets in Greece. But, I think that here you can see more diversity.

      As for the walks, despite the fun I may have when I'm not alone, I really need to step out of my comfort zone on this one.

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    2. You should just take your camera with you :) Somehow it gives confidence, like in: "I'm looking for nice spots to take a picture, I'm not just aimlessly wandering around, I have a purpose!"

      Yardsales are probably more a part of everyday American life than it is of European life, and it also appears to be a very family-oriented event. Flea markets... hm, not so much. Maybe that's why there's a difference in the crowds they each attract.

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  10. Hello - I love your first photograph. The houses are very interesting and the colours are just great. We don't have yard sales here in Scotland either, but we do have this thing called car boot sales, where you take your car to a specific area, park it up and produce all sorts of unwanted goods from the boot of the car for strangers to buy - usually for rock bottom prices. You can be lucky I believe - although I have never been to one.

    Funny that your last photograph referred to the Greensboro Four - I recently blogged about my visit to the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis - where this event is depicted - amongst many others.

    I hope you are enjoying living in the U S of A!

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    1. Hello and thanks for visiting!

      I'll take a look at your post soon. I was excited to see this exhibit because it brought back many memories from my American History course when I was a university student. It was like seeing the things I had spent so much time studying come to life! The entire museum is great by the way. We went back on Sunday and spent the whole day there. I was so overwhelmed that I didn't take a single picture. I wanted to absorb everything.

      The U S of A is an amazing country!

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  11. The houses are such beautiful colours! And packed so tightly it seems - so different from my neighbourhood.
    I must also applaud the way you captured colour and light in your photographs. Very beautiful!

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    1. Yes, it's as if they're stuck together. So different from what I'm used to!

      I use my cell phone camera to take pictures but sometimes it fails to convey how vibrant the colors are so I give the pictures a little boost using the Picasa effects. In this case I used 'lomo'.

      Thanks for stopping by! :)

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  12. Πολύ ομορφα τα πολύχρωμα σπίτια στην πρωτη φωτογραφία!

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    1. Ειναι οντως πολυ εντυπωσιακα ετσι οπως ειναι στη σειρα. :)

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  13. What a pretty neighborhood. Sometimes yard sales (they're also known as garage sales in some parts of the US and rummage sales when they're held at churches) can be disappointing, but oftentimes, you can find some fantastic stuff. Don't give up on yard sales.
    I'm really enjoying reading about your adventures in the US and about your observations on culture, etc. It's interesting (and sometimes quite amusing) for me to get a fresh perspective on things that I've always taken for granted, and never stopped to think about. I can't wait to hear more!

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed this post! I won't give up on yard sales, sometimes you can find real gems!

      I love this country, and the differences in habits etc. amuse me too. I feel really lucky to be here. :)

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