Our second day in Seattle dawned early, but not so bright. We met up with Mike & Shannon for a short tour of some of the city's landmarks, starting out in the Queen Anne neighborhood at Kerry View Park overlooking the city. I definitely loved the big, classic houses up on the hill. And as the name suggests, the views are outstanding.
A couple more stops in the city and then we were off to Tacoma to the Glassworks Museum to check out some Chihuly glass art.
I know there are probably people out there who love the glass museum and think I'm crazy when I say this, but WHAT A DISAPPOINTMENT. It's less a museum and more a big room with glass art that isn't all that beautiful or impressive. Thank goodness they had a special exhibit of a chandelier Chuhily did on Murano Island because otherwise there was NOTHING there that was any better than the glass art that was in the lobby of our hotel.
[Sidenote - there was a Chuhily exhibit in SF several months back that we missed. After having come across this Flickr photo set from the woman who runs the Simply Recipes blog, I really wish we had gone to the DeYoung and skipped Tacoma b/c what was shown in SF is - in my opinion - far superior to what we saw on this trip.]
What was interesting though was going into a different part of the museum and seeing an artisan create some pieces. It's a long, slow process so it's hard to get too into the process but it was interesting to watch for awhile.
When we left the museum we wandered across the bridge and that's where we saw some more (free) Chuhily art that was interesting but still ... nothing worth a drive to Tacoma for.
After Tacoma we went back to Mike & Shannon's apartment on Mercer Island - watched some tv, snuggled a cat, and played a competitive game of Outburst. Sadly, Shannon and I lost - but barely! - to Mike & Alan. We had dinner at a restaurant on the island and then Mike drove us back to our hotel where Alan was able to - with the help of the Westin's lovely Victoria - get us a room with a king bed and a WICKED view of the Space Needle.
(taken with my iPhone so please ignore the quality)
Once again, I stayed up late reading more adventures of Sookie Stackhouse. I have to say ... I'm just not feeling Bill. I think I much prefer Eric.