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for the public to get inside 70 or so embassies. The event kicks of Saturday, May 7, with the "Around the World Embassy Tour," when 45 non-European countries open their doors from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. along Embassy Row and in International Court (another embassy neighborhood). "You can't have this experience anywhere else in the world," Shulman notes. "From the Philippines, you cross the street to Australia, then back to Peru. One year the Australian ambassador was cooking shrimp on the barbie for everyone." Lines can be long at larger embassies, but countries often entertain people out front with music and dance. Saturday, May 14, brings "A Shortcut to Europe," with 28 countries in the European Union (EU) inviting the public inside. Belgium samples its chocolates, Ireland its beer and the United Kingdom its tea. Saturday, May 21, is Fiesta Asia sponsored by embassies in that region of the world, and the fnal weekend features the Embassy Chef Challenge. While in the area, you can dine at 100 restaurants within 10 blocks, including B Too, a contemporary Belgian eatery run by the former ofcial chef of the EU, who ofers a wonderful children's menu. Monuments The National Mall is resplendent with monuments memorializing beloved presidents and patriots. Kate Gibbs, media relations director for Destination DC, suggests visitors consider diferent times of day to experience them. "Monuments are stafed by park rangers up to 9 p.m.," she says. "You could see some monuments Nine Time 5-Star Best In Client Satisfaction Award Winner 13850 Ballantyne Corporate Place • Suite 500 Charlotte, NC 28277 mobile: 704.651.9946 office: 704.887.5220 • Works with buyers, sellers and relocations • Dedicated to treating clients as she would expect to be treated • Resident of South Charlotte since 1978 • "You were our house angel." - quote from one of Elaine's clients 15 years with re / max and a member of their "hall of fame" before establishing her own firm. intelligent, loyal, dependable and friendly … but only one of us is a Realtor. ® broker / owner realtor ® abr, csp Elaine Eschert golden properties w w w . g o l d e n p r o p e r t i e s . c o m Jeff Genant Agency 15105 John J. Delaney Drive Charlotte, NC 28277 (704) 594-3000 For our Google reviews and more information search: Jeff Genant Agency - State Farm Jeff Genant Agency - State Farm Licensed in NC & SC Providing Insurance and Financial Services BALLANTYNE MAGAZINE 89 SPRING 2016

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