Last weekend among a few Mother's Day things that I did, I visited several embassies with my son and daughter-in-law. It was the European Union Embassies Open House.
This year they celebrated the 70th anniversary of the Marshall Plan, which was crucial to rebuilding Europe after WWII. They are clearly "grateful to the United States for our unwavering support of European peace, unity and prosperity". And they are celebrating the 60th birthday of the EU, which all began with the Treaty of Rome! Twenty-seven embassies participated, including Britain, which was a bit of a surprise. The event was from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM, so we were able to hit only a few of the countries.
There were food bites, cultural singing and dancing, and fun costumes. Many of the embassies had experts more than happy to talk about their areas of expertise.
I learned from one handsome man in Uniform at the Italian Embassy all about the Carabinieri in Italy and its extensive global mission.
The Italian Embassy was quite modern indoors.
Those Embassies that were actually open did have security, which went smoothly and with a smile.
I was able to see where the large wet umbrella goes in a $440,000 Roll-Royce at the British Embassy. I asked the tall handsome man if he came with the car and he smiled and said "That could be arranged."
The Brits put out a Downton Abbey style table and some tall beauties.
I saw wonderful costumes of historic figures such as Pola Negri at the Polish Embassy and soldiers at the Latvian Embassy.
At the Latvian Embassy they were handing out all sorts of informational materials and when I asked if they had a list of their authors who had been translated into English the woman disappeared back into the Embassy and brought me a book of short stories, a book of poetry and the Ambassador to discuss literature! Unfortunately, I was too polite to ask for a photo.
A day well spent, I would say despite the cold and damp weather. A very important union and only those who know their history can understand its importance. Now I want to visit Latvia!!