Last week I was in the Seattle area visiting an old friend. Our friendship, which dates back to our first day of Kindergarten, has not only lasted, but has grown over the years. We both realize how very lucky we are to have such a longstanding, close friendship. We can talk to each other about anything and have very similar tastes in decorating, clothing, food and more. Although time goes by without seeing each other (we do live on the opposite ends of the country after all), I always feel as though it was just yesterday that we spent time together.
I had such a lovely time in Seattle, thanks to my friend who went out of her way to make sure I had a great time. And boy, did I! On Sunday, after attending church, we went to the Ballard Farmer's Market. The Ballard Seafood Fest was taking place that day and we had some of the most delicious salmon for lunch, followed by two scoops of fabulous gelato at D'Ambrosio. I bought a box of delicious fleur de sel caramels -- a gift for my husband -- from Seattle-based Jonboy Caramels. They are amazing! Later that day I enjoyed a chilly (or at least it was chilly to me!) swim in Lake Washington's clear water.
One thing I really wanted to do was go to the top of the Space Needle. My friend is not a fan of heights and gets a bit dizzy, so I was grateful -- and very proud of her -- for joining me on the ride to the top. What amazing views. The weather was perfect the whole time I was in Seattle, but it was extra clear the day we visited the Space Needle.
Right next door to the Space Needle is the Chihuly Garden and Glass, featuring the exquisite work of Dale Chihuly. This was a real treat. It's one of my friend's favorite places. Her 7-year-old son loves it too, and I can see why. The whole time I felt as though I was walking through a child's storybook -- the sculptures are so colorful and whimsical. The garden is especially beautiful. I love the way they combine the glass with the plantings.
Stay tuned for more posts from my trip, including the peaceful Seattle Japanese Garden, the original Glassybaby store and a mini tour of my friend's lovely home!