After the seeing my dear Dad through his passing to a better place, and unforeseen family issues that had arisen, I was in desperate need of a break.
I called my cousin, Mary, who lives in Seattle, and asked if she was up for a visit from me and yes! she and her husband, Ricky, were...
and here is my four-day (jam packed) trip!
Landed and off we went to Pikes Market...for browsing and lunch.
|Mark loves cherries and they were in season there- so I took a photo for him!|
|Blocks and block of flowers- me by my sweet pea birth flowers!|
|Bella Umbrella Store- it IS Seattle!|
We went by ferry to Vashon Island...
We roamed through the Vashon Farmer's Market and ate lunch at a bakery..ok...we did eat croissant filled with ham and cheese and did break down and share a big cookie!
Back onto the ferry late afternoon and head to downtown Seattle to see the Chihuly Museum at the Space Needle..it was beyond what I imagined...
|starting off simple with American Indian baskets and his interpretation in glass.|
A small room with pedestalled pieces of marine life...
And then BOOM!
a 20 ft high glass piece filling the huge space...keeping on with the sea life.
Rounding into a room...filled with glass in all shapes.
onward...to the things he is well known for...
And then outside to the garden.
I could go on with the 800 and some photos,
but I will end with my favorite photo!
We had an "easy" day and went to brunch at the Des Moines Marina...they are known for their blueberry coffee cake!
|kingfisher bird- I found this intriguing since the feathers are used in Imperial Chinese hats.|
But wait there is more!
My cousin and her husband are really into family ancestry- to the point that they found one of my relatives on my Hansen side.. and he is my natural father's cousin- so my second cousin!
Ben and his sweet wife!
And so my trip was coming to an end but not before we went to China town!
Where I went to my favorite Japanese bookstore
Where I bought three books!
We needed a little break and had noodle bowls and hot tea for lunch!
It was a delightful and F.U.N. trip!
I came home rejuvenated thanks to my excellent tour guides
and dear family- Cousin Mary and Ricky...
I am thankful!