Embassy of France Part of "EU Embassies’ Open House" May 12
In its 6th-annual event, the embassies of the member countries of the European Union (EU) will open their doors to the public this Saturday, May 12.
All 27 representations of the European Union’s member states, as well as the EU Delegation to the U.S. and soon-to-be-member Croatia, will take part in the day-long activities officially called "Shortcut to Europe: European Union Embassies’ Open House."
The program culminates "Europe Week," a seven-day cultural series meant to highlight the presence of the European Union and its member states’ embassies in Washington. The city has incorporated the events into its own "PassportDC," a festival highlighting international culture through the month of May.
The event will set up four bus circuits to serve the many visitors, families and guests. The hop-on-hop-off service will enable participants to see a maximum number of foreign representations.
Opening its doors in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, the Embassy of France will welcome the public along with the German embassy, which is currently under renovation. German and French displays will stand side-by-side under one roof, in a joint endeavor that reflects the EU’s efforts for a united, integrated Europe.
For those who may come hungry, visitors during lunch hours will have the opportunity to taste the best of French and German foods. From duck confit to sausage and sauerkraut, there will be delicious food for all tastes. The meal is available during one-hour time slots from 11:00am-12:00pm, 12:00pm-1:00pm and 1:00pm-2:00pm. See this site for details and reservation information.
For more information on the French embassy’s part in the EU open house, please visit the embassy’s websites here and here, and information on the German embassy’s participation is here. The event runs at each of the EU member-state embassies from 10:00am to 4:00pm.
Photos from the 2011 edition of the EU Annual Open House: