Towards the end of July, had the great pleasure of going on a weekend trip to Seattle with la famille. Because of our interesting childhood, we had never been on vacations or pleasure trips when we were little, and so it was our first together. One never really knows what to expect from vacations, except to hope that a good time will be had by all. And while ours was quite short and tame –perhaps even mundane to other people, it was very nice. Despite the fact that we siblings are very close, we are also capable of having impressive rows, and it was an added layer of sweetness that none of us argued throughout. It was really a golden moment!
We stopped by Le Panier bakery to have some breakfast, and of course I had some caramel and pistachio macarons… they were devoured before I even thought of snapping pictures… the contrast between the foggy, chilly morning (yes it was chilly in Seattle despite the heat wave in Vancouver!) and the steaming warmth of freshly-baked treats and hot chocolate made everything seem cozy and as charming as a Thomas Kinkade painting.
We wandered throughout Pike Market –heaven for our mum, but not exactly ‘fun’ for my brothers! However, there were artistic displays of vegetables, and the sweet, heady smell of freshly cut flowers to divert me from the rank smell of the fish stalls…
I decided it was my duty to entertain them while we waited for mum to finish wandering through the little shops. This public restroom at the market fell victim to my odd sense of humour!
The ‘Hammering Man’ outside the Seattle Art Museum caught my fancy –this public art sculpture celebrates the worker, and has ‘brothers’ around the world… I believe they strike their hammers at the exact same time. Against the backdrop of the fog, it seemed very wistful and philosophical.
We took an old-fashioned trolley, and everyone was so much more well-mannered on it than on a modern day bus. Was it the wood-paneling or just that touch of nostalgia that affected everyone?
We rode an old-fashioned indoor carousel, I riding sidesaddle as befitted a lady in a skirt!, and it was the highlight of our trip. There is nothing in the world like discovering an age-old, beloved ride and finding that it is exactly as one dreamed it would be –pure magic! I truly believe all children should get the chance to ride it at least once in their lives, and adults are missing out if they think they are too old to get on one!
Here I am, channeling Gene Kelly at the Marriott Springhill Suites. One has to have fun where one can!
There were many more pictures, but they are more for a family scrapbook, and not really a blog, so I’ll keep the rest of my treasured memories to myself, and share one last picture. At last, a proper picture of Madcap Maddie!!
Top: Leifsdottir cotton and silk shirt (2010)
Dress: Michael Stars 40 Singles Cami Dress w/ Drawstring Waist (2012)
Shoes: TOMS ‘Natalia/Seychelles’ ballet flats (2012)
Bag: Longchamp ’Le Pliage’ shopping bag in Indigo (2013)
Oh, weekends and vacations, I am missing you already…
Hope you had an amazing weekend!
— Miss Cathie