I had a bit of a deja vu experience. As we wandered through the Dale Chihuly Museum, I could have predicted what would be in the following room. This was not the cause of some strange dream–I HAD actually seen the exhibit before, although I had never been to Seattle.
Our little photographer was mucho impressed too. Snapping shots from her stroller.
The open hallway was a big hit with the girls as it gave them an opportunity to roam and ramble without knocking into anything that was fragile. The entire exhibit was suspended from the ceiling. Good call, Chihuly.
Then, on to the Space Needle next door.
Windy skirts for a flying high good time.
This was Lucie saying “Mom, stop taking pictures and hold me. NOW!”
It was a glorious, beautiful day to be up there, albeit, windy. Although, I have a feeling that is a perpetual problem.
I won’t tell you how many book shops we visited while traveling because it might be a bit embarrassing, but the Elliott Bay Book Company was a definite hit. In addition to their great selection of books and a fantastic kids’ section that included a playhouse, this little cafe nestled next door called Oddfellows couldn’t have enchanted us more. Stephen and I both sipped on our own pot of tea and ordered a lemon pound cake loaf drenched in grapefruit glaze that disappeared before I sat down to have a bite. I don’t think Stephen got a bite of it either, so we ordered a second and put up a force field around it to keep it from the girls’ grasps.
The next day we found ourselves at the brick-and-mortar Amazon bookstore near University of Washington’s campus while aimlessly driving through the streets in the northern part of Seattle.
Their display was really pleasing to a bookworm. I know they say you can’t judge a book by it’s cover, but there sure is something to being able to see the cover, full title, and author that draws you to pick it up and glance inside more readily. The entire store was set up in this manner. I left with a large stack, as did Stephen in his own meanderings.
I went in search of a park to take the girls to one morning, and discovered one with a playground immediately adjacent to the water. It could’t have been more perfect–an amazing view and a playground that entertained for hours.
We wandered down to the dock for a bit to take a peek at the water. Cerulean.
Another morning, a quick jaunt to the Tacoma Art Museum. I was a tad unimpressed by the large fee for a such a small museum, but they had a few pieces which made it worth while.
She insisted on having her picture taken by this map. Unsure why….
A few of my favorites.
Up next: a Ballard restaurant, long time coming….and Victoria!