Monthly Archives: April 2015

Au Pairs enjoy the Eastern Market and the Cherry Blossoms in DC

Photo12 Photo11 Photo6 Photo7 Photo9Photo2Photo3Photo4On Saturday, April 11, au pairs from our three clusters met together in the Eastern Market neighborhood of Washington, DC. We took a private walking tour with Free Tours By Foot Surrounded by the beauty of cherry blossom trees, we not only learned a bit of history about the area as we walked along Barracks Row and saw the original Naval Hospital and the Naval Commandant’s residence, but we delighted in stopping at three eateries along the way. First was The Sweet Lobby which was a winning contestant on the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars. Second stop was Spring Mill Bread Co. which sells amazing brownies in addition to bread, and lastly we stopped at District Doughnuts where we had preordered a variety of unusual flavored doughnuts. Not a crumb was left after we were through!

Eastern Market boasts an indoor food market, as well as an open air crafts and flea markets on the weekends. It’s conveniently located on the Metro (orange line). Just park your car for free at New Carrollton and take the train 7 stops and get off right in the middle of all the action.

Celebrating Easter

EasterEaster Sunday is this Sunday, April 5th. It is celebrated throughout the world by the followers of Christian community. It is believed that this was the day when Christ resurrected after crucifixion. This day is of great significance in the Christian community.

Church services and festive celebrations blend together during the Easter weekend. On Easter Sunday in New York and other cities, large Easter parades are held. The popular trend of Easter symbols such as the Easter bunny and egg tree were introduced to the American folklore by the German settlers who arrived in the Pennsylvania Dutch country during the 1700s. Gradually American people took to crafts such as egg and Easter tree decoration. Easter in the United States is also a time to enjoy special Easter foods such as baked ham, potatoes and vegetables. Several special recipes are made at each home. Easter parties are also organized where traditional Easter delicacies are served and people enjoy wonderful get together along with Easter games and music.

Check out Easter crafts and Activities on the Au Pair in America Pinterest page

Observing Passover

PassoverPassover begins at sundown tomorrow, Friday April 3rd . Passover is an eight day celebration observed each year in the Jewish religion. It commemorates the freedom of Jewish slaves from Egypt during the reign of Pharaoh Ramses II. Families celebrate Passover by having a seder. With special foods, songs, and customs, the Seder is the focal point of the Passover celebration. Seder means order, and the Passover story is read in order from a book called a haggadah. Click here to read the Passover story