Top 5 Places to Be French

Washington, DC is a lovely international city with large populations of diverse nationalities. One of my favorites, of course, is the French.

Reaching back into my family for any hint of French ancestry, I took the last name LaPorte and have been studying the language in an attempt to really be French. And so I thought I’d offer my favorite places to mix with the people, the culture, and the food. Continue reading


Finland’s Embassy Goes Green

Embassy of Finland. Photo by Vincent Gallegos.

Built in 1994, the Finnish Embassy was notable from the first for its modernist approach. “It’s an architectural landmark,” said Ambassador Pekka Lintu who was accompanied by his wife Laurel Colless. “And now it’s a green architectural landmark.” He cited Finland’s history of supporting environmental initiatives and spoke proudly of their position as world leaders in the sustainability movement. “We practice what we preach.”

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