Friday, October 28, 2016

Chihuly Museum

A visit to the Chihuly Museum that opened in the Seattle City Center in 2012 is well-worth a trip to Seattle. Each gallery had a central theme and some of the glass pots and baskets in one of the galleries are shown here.  The Southwest Gallery was devoted to Native American cultures with one wall containing hundreds of colorful blankets. Another wall, part of which you can see on the left, showcases traditional baskets combined with Chihuly glass baskets. Part of an explanation in the gallery indicated that the artist noticed that many Indian baskets are not totally symmetrical in shape, often leaning to one side or another.  Chihuly's baskets do the same thing.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Pike Place Flowers

Pike Place Market is a public market overlooking the Elliott Bay waterfront in Seattle, Washington, United States. The Market opened August 17, 1907, and is one of the oldest continuously operated public farmers' markets in the United States. It is a place of business for many small farmers, craftspeople and merchants. Named after the central street, Pike Place runs northwest from Pike Street to Virginia Street. With more than 10 million visitors annually, Pike Place Market is Seattle's most popular tourist destination and is the 33rd most visited tourist attraction in the world.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Pike Place Fisherman

There are many interesting places in Pike Place, but the seafood area is mesmerising.  Ryan, this native Seattle lad couldn't have been more friendly and welcoming to out-of-towners.

Linking  Signs, Signs and ABC Wednesday

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Pike Place Farmers Market

We identified ourselves as Minnesotans to this man (whose name I didn't record and have since forgotten--forgive me!), and we talked about the the development of Honeycrisp and Sweet Tango Apples. He thanked us and the University of Minnesota and cooperative apple growers for giving the apple world these wonderful fruit!. 

Honeycrisp (Malus domestica 'Honeycrisp') is an apple cultivar (cultivated variety) developed at the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station's Horticultural Research Center at the University of MinnesotaTwin Cities. Designated in 1974 with the MN 1711 test designation, patented in 1988, and released in 1991, the Honeycrisp, once slated to be discarded, has rapidly become a prized commercial commodity, as its sweetness, firmness, and tartness make it an ideal apple for eating raw.[2] It has much larger cells than most apples, which rupture when bitten to fill the mouth with juice.[3] The Honeycrisp also retains its pigment well and boasts a relatively long shelf life when stored in cool, dry conditions.[4]

Monday, October 24, 2016

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Seattle Waterfront

So much to see and enjoy on the waterfront!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Foggy but Beautiful Washington

We got a quick introduction to the weather we might expect as we wound our way through Washington state on our way to Seattle.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Snowy Montana

What a surprise to wake up to a snowy yet another barren, lonely landscape in Montana.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

North Dakota Scenery

Yes, along many miles of North Dakota by the train tracks were scenes of barrenness and isolation, but there was also a beauty of muted colors with occasional hills and,  much to my surprise,  an area of beautiful marshes!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Msp to Sea

This is how it all began: a trip to Seattle from St. Paul!

 Because DH and I had not been on a train for several decades, we decided to take the Empire Builder. The staff on the train were remarkably friendly, effiicient and they worked incredibly hard for long hours. Our compartment looked great in the brochure, but in reality it is very teeny-tiny.  The couch makes up  into a bed and a bunk comes down from the ceiling.  Pretty cramped quarters.  It was "a fun" experience because of the passing scenery and the friendly passengers you meet on the train, but once was enough!

PS.  On the last day in Seattle, I lost the journal you see on the table in the compartment.  Sad!