K., and I went to Seattle to celebrate our 12th anniversary this past weekend. Seattle is approximately 1 hour from Olympia on a good day and it was a so so day so we made it in 1.5 hours. We settled into the Sheraton....rested a bit, puttered across the street to eat at Palamino's one of my favorite restaurants. Then coffee and back to the room to read, and relax.
Saturday we get up and head towards the Pike Place Market and food. Breakfast time. We hop a Metro bus which is free in the downtown corridor so we do not have to fight for and pay for parking. We wander along the market looking for a suitable breakfast spot and my husband settles on Chinese. Until, I look at the menu and decide I would prefer a typically high fat American breakfast: eggs, toast, jam, coffee, hashbrowns and bacon. We wander through the market and head for the Sanitary market across the street and find the perfect little hole in the wall cafe with great breakfasts and crappy coffee. Just what you would get in a diner of it's size.
We wandered about a bit and checked out the fruit at the stalls. I was quite taken with an Aubergine (eggplant that was extremely beautiful). Then we went after a new bottle of Basalmic vinegar in the high hopes that the sun will come out and we can enjoy fresh tomatoes, basil, mozzerella and basalmic vinegar in August.
My husband, hates shopping if it is not for food. AAAAArrrrrgh! I wanted to scream but held it in. I got him to go into an antique store with me and he seemed to enjoy that and the little stool he found to perch on while I looked around. Then he was tired so we headed back to the Sheraton by bus. I went up with him, although it was sunny out (rare these days) and I was in town. I set at the little table in the room and got out my beading supplies and made three bracelets out of blue glass beads and blue crystals - reminiscint of the sun shining on blue water. They are lovely and I wore them for the rest of the afternoon although they did not go with my earrings or outfit. I will be posting them for sale this week on www.etsy.com/shop/BluJeanBeads.
Then I got out of the room and commenced to walk and shop. I had such a good time looking at clothes, jewelry and trying to decipher the going "looks" in accessories. I took in the colors that were beginning to come in for fall and the fashion trends coming up. While I do not like trendy jewelry I will use the color of the day to imply the trend....but make something that can become a signature piece and worn for years.
Back to the room, read a crime novel and a fashion magazine...joy....then out to dinner to a brew pub.
Sunday morning....headed for home.... Still married although he hates shopping. AAAAARGHHHH!
I went to Victoria BC last Thursday with my mother and neglected my blog. Sorry Blog....I still love you and still love all my readers.
The Victoria trip was wonderful. We left Seattle at 8:30 am on the Victoria Clipper and quickly found ourselves in rough water. Could not cruise open waters so the boat routed itself through the San Juan Island's, went through Deception pass and on to Victoria. The closer we got to Vancouver Island, the sunnier it became.
When we arrived we were whisked from the dock on a Victoria Clipper tour bus to Butchart gardens. Fabulous....we saw delphiniums that had to be 6 feet in height, roses to die for, a beautiful sunken garden that featured beautiful maple trees and begonias with blossoms the size of dinner plates.
We learned that Victoria is in a rainbelt - surrounded by mountains and normally gets 33 inches of rain a year, typically houses cost $700,000, and they have not been hit hard by the recession. Commercial building is still strong and because of a high tourist season - spring thru fall and then the onslaught of students from September to June they are able to manage fiscally.
We visited the BC Museum and saw artificats from the Haida people and marveled at the lion skull that was on display. This was a large lion like you see on the savannahs in Africa. A reconstruction showed mane and all. Skull was found in a cave on Vancouver Island. Who knew?
On Government street their are two galleries side by side that feature Native art. One showed contemporary jewelry created by First Nations artisans and featured gemstones, wire wrapping, metalsmithing and lampwork beaded jewelry. The other was filled with more traditional arts and crafts. Equally as beautiful but more earthy. I bought my grandson an Orca Whale puppet.
You should visit Victoria and tour the gardens and the city. It is a wonderful adventure - close to home.