Thursday, August 17, 2017

Startling Contemporary Art

I went to the National Museum of Women in the Arts with three friends, Barbara, Marie, and Jo. We went specifically to see the Revival exhibit. It was a rather provocative, overpowering exhibit of art by contemporary women artists.


 Marie and Barbara

 Barbara and Jo in Mezzanine Cafe

 Marie and Jo in Mezzanine Cafe

 Bullets Revisited

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Outing with Ruth

My friend Ruth and I went to the Phillips Collection and spent most of our time looking at the works in the museum's permanent collection. We also saw the Kupertz exhibit, which Ruth had not seen before, and an exhibit of art by members of the Phillips staff.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Greek Brunch

I went out to brunch at Eleni's Greek Taverna with Arthur, Marcello, Christian, and Colin.

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Korean Bakery

I met my friends Marie and Linda at the Shilla Korean Bakery in Annandale for lunch. The sandwich was good but the dessert was incredible! Green tea ice cream with red bean paste. Yum!

Marie and Christine

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Lego and a Party

John, Indra, and I went to the Hirshhorn to view two exhibits.

First, we viewed the 176 Lego portraits of political dissidents created by Ai Wei Wei.

Then, we viewed the beautiful "Sunrise, Sunset" paintings created by the Swiss artist A. Party.

Then we walked down to the Indian museum for lunch.

German Art

A wonderful outing with my two museum buddies, George and John. We went to the Hirshhorn to see its exhibit of art works by the German expressionist Markus Kupertz. The photos above were taken by John. The photos below were taken by me.

John and George

After viewing the exhibit, we walked down to the National Museum of the American Indian for lunch. I had my usual - wild rice and water cress salad.

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Lunch with Austrian Friends

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I met my two Austrian friends, Gertraud and Ingrid, at Cafe Mozart for lunch.

Gertraud, Ingrid, Christine

               My delicious omelette

The Cafe has a very nice store with German and Scandinavian goodies.

Monday, July 24, 2017

German Art II

George, Sue, and I went to the Hirshhorn to see the Kupertz exhibit.

Sue, Christine, George

Sunday, July 23, 2017


Friend Nuria from the Amici Italiani di Fairfax Meet-Up gave an outstanding recital that Betsy and I attended. We were very impressed. You see her in the photo above at the conclusion of the concert.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Coffee in Switzerland

I met Indra and her son Lester for coffee at the Swiss Bakery. We had a very nice time together.

Switzerland, Mountains, Snow, Lake

Thursday, July 20, 2017

A very pleasant dinner at El Paso in Springfield with good friends from St. Christopher's
The Henrys, John O, Camilla, May, Indra and Lester, and Christine 

 The Event Organizers: Chas and Rosemary (a bit fuzzy)


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Lunch in Annandale

I met two SON friends, Tina and Marie, at the Swiss Bakery and Cafe in Annandale. Good food and interesting conversation!

I bought two of these Linder cookies, which were cited in the Washingtonian as the best cookies in the Washington, DC Metro area. High praise!

A view of the cafe

Monday, July 03, 2017

Another Birthday Lunch

My good friend Dona took me to the House of Dynasty for lunch. A nice time was had by all!

Photos to follow = when I find them

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Chinese Birthday Lunch

My good friend Barbara took me to the House of Dynasty  for my birthday lunch. We had good food and good conversation!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Annual Virginia Birthday Lunch

This tradition started when my friend Virginia Richards and I discovered that we had the same birthday. After Virginia died, her daughter Eleanor took her place. And Birthday Girls Pam and Indra joined when I discovered that their birthdays are very close to mine. This year and last we invited May to join us even though she is a September baby.

We had a delightful lunch at Yindee Thai, the same location as last year.

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Enchanted Gardens

The weather was absolutely perfect - sunny and warm. It was a perfect day for the Garden Tour at Hillwood, Marjorie Merriweather Post's estate in the heart of the nation's capital.

Our garden tour guide was excellent - very enthusiastic and very knowledgeable.

We also took the mansion tour and the mansion guide was also excellent.

After the tours, we had a lovely lunch in the Hillwood Cafe.

Here is one photo. More to follow.

Christine, Verna, May, Barbara, Marie, Jo

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Lunch with Lauro

My former student Lauro invited me to lunch at the World Bank with him and his wife Glaura. It was very special to see them again after so many years.

Christine and Lauro

My lunch was delicious - miso soup and vegetarian sushi!

(More photos to follow)

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Chinese Lunch

Dona came down to Springfield and we went to the House of Dynasty for a delicious Chinese lunch. I forgot to take photos at the restaurant but I took some at home. I will post them soon.

We always have so many memories to talk about, going back to 1966. We especially remembered our husbands today.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Norwegian Picnic

Today we celebrated Norway's Constitution Day at Carderock Park.

                Christine and Marie Singing the Norwegian National Anthem

More photos to follow

Saturday, May 20, 2017

My Roman Son

Adriano has been extremely busy since his appointment to the Cabinet of the Mayor of Rome. He is the Commissioner for Rome's Tourism, Economic Development, and Labor. (See more photos of Adriano in the December 1, 2016, entry.)

As Commissioner for Tourism, he went to Venice to meet with his counterpart there. Here they are together on the Canal Grande.

He received the plaque he is holding in this photo from the Via Veneto Association, thanking him for his hard work to revitalize and insure the beauty of Via Veneto. This magnificent avenue is, of course, one of the great treasures of the city of Rome. (Ah! Memories of Marcello Mastroianni in "La Dolce Vita!")

It reads:

Assessore Adriano Gilbert Meloni
per l'impegno
per la valorizzazione e la sostenibilita'
della grande bellezza di Via Veneto.

Roma, 9 maggio 2017      Assoc. Via Veneto

Our beloved Andrea, who so loved the city of Rome, would have been so proud of his son. Unfortunately, he did not live to see this amazing chapter in Adriano's life.

Adriano's sons Arthur and Paul enjoy hanging out with him in the Eternal City.

Arthur and Paul

 Arthur on the Tiber