Jeremy is a curious and outgoing French-American. He graduated from Science Po Paris and is currently doing a master of laws at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., both fitting place to work in international law and cooperation. He loves D.C. and is happy to share some of his insights!
Jeremy is extremely honest (I know….hard to believe he’s going to be an attorney) and has a great dual-background – his mum is American and dad French. He’s lived in Paris, New Orleans, Seattle and Washington, D.C. during the past 4 years. Jeremy is very open-minded, witty and always up for a good conversation. No matter your background, you’d enjoy hanging out with him.
How would you describe D.C to someone who has never been?
D.C. Is a small city with an international reach. It’s a city of contrasts, with quaint brick-tiled neighborhoods like Georgetown on the one hand and austere government offices on the other. The joke goes that everyone in D.C. is either a lawyer or a government employee, which is not far from the truth. But the city also offers an outstanding range of cultural offerings, especially the Smithsonian museums which are free and organize world-class exhibitions. D.C. is also a surprisingly good place for the outdoors, as you can go paddling on the Potomac or do a day-trip to beautiful national parks in Virginia. The cherry trees along the famous monuments create a striking atmosphere in the spring. If you enjoy both the cosmopolitan flavor and a human-sized city, then D.C. Is for you!
What is your favorite boutique in D.C?
Books: Kramerbooks, which hosts a bar and a restaurant you’ll discover if you venture into the rear of the shop! It stays open until 1AM during the week and 4AM on the weekends. A great place to feed body and soul.
Clothing: Buffalo exchange, a thrift shop with different locations in D.C. and the U.S. You can always find unexpected and creative items, usually great quality for a reasonable price. It’s particularly nice if you’re looking for something creative. They’re also a socially responsible chain, as they support several charities and encourage customers to recycle their used clothing.
Where do you like to have a brunch with your friends?
Brunch at Eastern Market is particularly nice on Sundays. You can go from one stand to the next to select your favorite fare. They have a number of international options as well as fresh fruit. Don’t miss the pancakes in the Eastern Market building. You can also enjoy your food while browsing the different arts and crafts stands all around the market, as well as some nice boutiques and bookshops.
Your favorite museum in D.C?
The National Archives and Records Administration is an outstanding museum to delve into American history. You can see the Magna Carta, the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights and the U.S. Constitution among other documentary milestones of the birth and development of the U.S.
What is the one D.C clothing essential that you can’t find anywhere else in the world?
The D.C. three piece suit with a trench coat and the smug appearance of a State Department employee.
The best place for an easy day trip from D.C?
Shenandoah Valley National Park is only a few hours away in Virginia. Going there in the fall is a real treat as the trees display an amazing array of colors. You can go hiking close to waterfalls or simply cruise along the road and enjoy the scenery.
And the best place to have a coffee with your friends?
Big Bear Cafe is a hip place to have coffee, tea or even food. You can also work there and sit outside when the weather allows. A top spot for people watching in an up and coming neighborhood.
Where do you like to exercise?
I like to run along the National Mall, next to which most monuments and museums are located. It’s an amazing feeling to exercise between the massive rows of historic buildings, especially at night when the light display create a magical atmosphere.
Somewhere super touristy you still like to visit?
The Lincoln memorial, standing where Martin Luther King delivered his famous speech. It’s still moving despite the throngs of tourists!
What’s the best way to get around the city? Bike, bus, car…
Bikes are the most convenient thanks to an extensive bike share program. The metro also covers most of the city, but walking can also be a great option if you’re not in a hurry. Car traffic can get fairly crazy so it’s not recommended if you’re staying in D.C.
What is your city’s philosophy here in D.C?
D.C. Influences the world while pretending to be a small town. Appearances are not always what they seem.
Describe an ideal day in D.C for a casual tourist…
You should start the day with breakfast on the waterfront in Georgetown, strolling along the cobbled streets, the quaint C&O canal and visiting the boutiques on M street. Moving toward Dupont Circle, you should stop by Kramerbooks and get a good book and coffee. After having lunch in one of the international restaurants around Dupont Circle (such as Zorba’s, a traditional Greek canteen with great food and low prices), head toward the Washington Monument and go to the top to get an outstanding 360° view of D.C. Walk along the mall and go through a few of the Smithsonian museums, they’re all free. Finish the afternoon by strolling through Capitol Hill, the seat of Congress. Then make your way toward the agitation of U street or Adams Morgan, where revelers gather and pack the bars and clubs. For a more classy night out, reserve tickets for the opera or ballet at the Kennedy Center. On your way back from your nocturnal activities make sure to swing by the National Mall illuminated at night!
Cécile lives in Chicago though is originally from southern France. She’s an avid traveler and is always excited by new adventures. After living in Ireland, Australia and Canada, Cécile is an advocate of having a routine but not staying comfortable for too long.