It’s ironic, I suppose. The better half served her country at five different embassies and I spent time in two. So you’d think we would have at least taken a car tour along Massachusetts’s Embassy Row. But, no, we haven’t.
Feeling the need to fill that gap, I decided to pay a visit yesterday to this famed stretch north of the White House. Once home to barons and aristocrats, “Mass Avenue” was populated by diplomats after World War II. Now, dozens of embassies fill this fancy boulevard.
Coming on the heels of Shaw, I knew this look see would be a bit of a let down in terms of edgy excitement, but I’ve been interested in architecture lately, and was ready for something regal. More a fan of Politics and Prose, I’d also never stepped inside Afterwords Café and Kramerworks bookstore.
For my visit, I also knew there would be some serious paring down. There are a lot of nations represented all along and around this part of Massachusetts Avenue (evidently, DC's longest street), but according to one definition, Embassy Row is a two-dozen block stretch that runs from about three blocks east of DuPont Circle to Observatory circle. Thanks in part to Monsieur L’Enfant that includes three circles - Scott, DuPont, and Sheridan – lined up symmetrically.
My walk focused on the stretch from DuPont to Sheridan, up to Rock Creek Park, passing through Kalorama Heights and ending back at DuPont Circle. The sun had been captive practically this whole past week, so it was good to have a blue sky day.
Embassy Row doesn't usually show up on travel guide's Day One or Day Two recommendations, but it’s a clean, safe, lovely spot, a great hilly place to walk off that big lunch at DuPont Circle, and where else can you go around the world in less than two hours?