Crumbs and Whiskers
Last weekend you might have seen on twitter/tumblr that I got the chance to reserve time at DC’s first “cat cafe.” It’s located in Georgetown off of a really peaceful street. It’s by reservation-only which means you’re guaranteed a spot and there are enough feline friends to go around.
I’m too allergic to have a strictly indoor cat (which is the only kind allowed where I live) so this opening up is like a haven. Of course after spending an hour in the cafe my eyes were a bit itchy afterwards and I was a bit stuffy but it was expected.
We ordered some drinks and cookies which are provided by a neighboring cafe. Everything was easy. There’s a lot of light in the cafe. It’s clean and the cats are playful and friendly. And best of all you can follow their feeds to see the cats go to happy homes. So far it seems they are adopting out a cat per week. Really great kitties I remember seeing and playing with at the cafe.
So to compare this to the 2 I’ve visit in Japan? They’re different. I wouldn’t say one is better than the other (unlike some articles I’ve read.) I do like the aspect that these are rescues though. That these cats get to live in a nice home with loads of attention before finding a permanent place. The atmosphere is very “DC.” There’s no other way to put it. It’s posh and comfortable but with textures of metal and brick. So if you’re looking for a “Japanese cat cafe” in DC you’re mistaken. This is a “DC cat cafe” through and through and I’d hope you’d expect nothing less :).
Crumbs & Whiskers
Early Saturday morning I got out to view the cherry blossom trees on the National Mall. I went early because it gets very crowded and I still fear people bumping into my fractured arm. Plus it guarantees the parking spaces we like will be open! I couldn’t manage my usual Olympus Pen camera so instead I used my iPhone and this nifty RE Camera Mike got me as a gift in February. It’s extremely tiny so lightweight! And takes beautiful wide angle photos.
If you plan on visiting the blossoms this week is a peak time. I also suggest a few spots aside from the usual talked about Tidal Basin. The Tidal Basin is beautiful but it’s also very very crowded and the walking space around the basin itself is very narrow. My favorite spot is near the Washington Monument. Much less crowded and it offers beautiful views. I also highly recommend the trees near the Memorial to Japanese-American Patriotism near Union Station and the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial. It’s a wider open space with beautiful trees contrasting the memorials.