Speechless in Seattle

This is the second time I am writing this. The first time, my explorer crashed and took all of my words of wisdom with it. I suppose it is only poetic justice since I was ruminating about the suitcase I had bought in China last summer that is slowly regaining its former state of volcanic ash. Suffice it to say, that if I lose it, I will ask those looking for it to look for a large rectangular cube of duct tape.

We arrived in Seattle on Sunday morning and drove into town. We parked near the city hall and walked to Pioneer Square, the oldest part of Seattle (settled in about 1852). We then walked north, parallel to the water (Elliot Bay), through the market, and then toward the Space Needle. The Seattle Space Needle was built for the 1962 World’s Fair, and until now, it continues to bring in profits. Actually, the whole area around it is parks and museums (the science museum and the science fiction museum) and fairgrounds and amusement park. The view from the top is spectacular as Seattle is all water and trees as far as the eye can see with that exquisite Mount Rainier in the background, like a floating apparition.

We eventually made it back to the car and finally arrived at the home of friends of our son and daughter-in-law. The view from the front of their home is not to be believed– Mount Rainier and a beautiful lake! (It’s why I am Speechless in Seattle.) This couple is warm and hospitable beyond anything I could have imagined. They have two bright and adorable children.

This morning we went for a walk around a peninsula that juts into the lake just a couple of blocks away. The walk, we are told, is about 2.5 miles, but it was so beautiful that it seemed to be over very quickly.

Later, we went to a Japanese Garden. We had been curious as to what a Japanese garden would look like because we understood that they were quite different from Chinese gardens. Now we understand a lot better. Japanese gardens are very green and very disciplined. Chinese gardens are wilder, contain oddly shaped rocks and representations of animals, and buildings. The garden we saw was very beautiful and it was quiet and calming.

We then went to the Boeing museum of flight. Despite the fact that we had limited time there, we enjoyed reading about and see pictures and films of the early days of flight, of some of the early planes that were built, of how the planes fared in the World War I– it all was fascinating.

To cap an almost perfect day, we went out to a vegetarian Chinese restaurant, one that is under kosher supervision, downtown. The food was fantastic!

Tomorrow– on to Los Angeles!

p.s. I have added more pictures here

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  1. The Japanese garden and the kosher vegetarian Chinese restaurant are two of my favorite places in Seattle. I was in the garden on a crisp, clear winter day and, as the only visitor, felt like I was in my own world, one which I was reluctant to leave.