OK, back to Seattle! Let me start by saying that the people of Seattle are SOOO VERY FRIENDLY! They were EAGER to help tourists and visitors! I had expected big city hustle and bustle and a pretty cold reception; EXACTLY the OPPOSITE! Multiple times, we saw tourists lost or confused and locals walking up to them asking them what they were looking for and telling them how to get there!
Mom & I had made a bucket list of things to do, we hit all but 2, and they were both restaurants, so we thought we did pretty well!
Why Bainbridge island?
I have another vice besides needlepoint, it's knitting. Several of the gals in my knit group (who by the way, I met stitching) have ordered from Churchmouse in the past and when we get together, normally there is something from them at the knit in and we oooooh and ahhhhh over it and dream about going there! I couldn't get that close and not stop in!
It's as charming as I imagined! I was surprised to see the pretty ladies from the Churchmouse patterns work in the store! The photographs on all their models are just lovely!
If you would like to shop at Churchmouse, their website is www.churchmouseyarns.com They do also have needlepoint!
I have to tell you, and if you have ever met me in person, you will understand. Several ladies working in the shop were wearing perfectly pressed lacey blouses and EVERYONE on the island is soft spoken and speaks with perfect English and a "proper" accent. I'm LOUD, and that's an understatement, I have a drawl and have all but given up my attempts at perfect English, and if it's not wash in the washer/dry in the dryer (knitting garments do not apply here) its not used to cover my body. We had been inside for a few minutes and I leaned over to Mom and said quietly, "I feel like I need to whisper!" She replied, "YOU do need to whisper!" LOL I felt like a loud, rowdy Texan! I'm sure had I not been on my absolute best behavior, the folks at Churchmouse would have been just as lovely, but I thought I should at least try for their sake! :) A gentleman in the shop offered us a spot of tea while we shopped and we started piles of wonderful items to bring home with us!
One of the ladies who helped us, Nancy, told us about a restaurant 2-3 doors down called Marche. We left our items at Churchmouse (our thought was we would edit our selections... lol RIGHT) and headed to Marche for lunch. YUMMY!!!! Then we walked around the rest of the island, stopping at the quilt shop, bead shop and a shop for dogs so we could head back over to Mora Ice Creamery. I believe it was voted #1 ice creamery in the country last year by a magazine, but I'm sorry, I can't find where I saw that, but it was the most amazing ice cream I've ever eaten! YUMMY!
When we returned, the gentleman who had offered us the tea also was so kind and gave me bookmarks and catalogs for the knit group!
Bainbridge island is about a 20 minute ferry ride from Seattle. You purchase your ticket $7.50 and it gets you to the island and then there is no return fee for the ferry ride home! There are lots of bed and breakfasts on the island. They have a bus system but we just walked around and it was one of the highlights of our trip!
The next day... Chihuly Garden & Glass!
Mom LOVES gardens, and I appreciate them as well, so since we missed Buchart Gardens, I really wanted to make sure we got to see this one! I saw Top Chef Seattle and they did an episode in this garden and I called Mom and said, you've got to check this out!
It's located basically underneath the Space Needle in the Seattle Center. There was a music festival as well as it was Labor Day Weekend, so we expected huge crowds and it wasn't bad at all! YEA!
We did the space needle first, but it was still hazy, (we were there when they opened) so there's no spectacular pics from up there. Then we went to the garden.
If Mama's happy.... ;) Love you Mom! XOXO
Mom had never been to an aquarium! I had no idea! The things you learn when you travel with someone!
Then we came home. That's it, what I did on my summer vacation!