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A family visit ends

Posted by joeabbott on July 24, 2012

Well, it’s been quite a week: we had stuff planned for every day of the week my mother was visiting here in Seattle and all of it went off without a hitch. I feel a tiny bit badly the weather didn’t cooperate and give her one of the gorgeous Seattle summer days we saw the week prior, but we did manage to avoid being actively rained on at any time. And, as her home state is seeing record high temps and has been ghastly hot, she’d mentioned it was a welcome change.

But, in a week of highlight reel outings (read my last post if you’re interested), we managed to bring it to a close with a few additional fantastic excursions. Let’s take a look!

Sunday

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I really have a hard time finding the correct superlatives to describe either the Teatro ZinZanni show or the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibition. Both were wonderful in all aspects.

We left the house around 1:45PM to make the 3:20PM entry time at the Chihuly Garden and Glass Exhibition: we needed to park on the far side of the Seattle Center to be near the Teatro location (so we needed time to walk across the Center) and the Bite of Seattle was on the Seattle Center grounds so we knew we’d have trouble with finding a spot and negotiating the crowds. As it was, we made it to the Chihuly site with 20 minutes to spare … just enough time to browse the gift shop!

I’ll save the majority of details for a later post but the show was so grand we got our hands stamped so we could come back after our dinner at Teatro and see it a second time at night! I’ll jump ahead to say that anyone who does get a chance to see it at night, absolutely should take advantage of that opportunity! We stayed until they ushered us to the door at 10:30PM. Just wonderful. Go. See it. Worth every penny.

The Teatro ZinZanni show we saw was Gangsters of Love and it was a hoot. It had the vaudeville-style clown acts, the Cirque du Soleil trapeze, balancing, and juggling perfection, and a wonderfully fun cast of characters. The audience was engaged, the food was very nice, and we shared a lot of laughs with the other couples at our table. It was a grand way to spend nearly 5 hours!

Monday

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After about 5 hours of ZinZanni and another couple of the Chihuly museum, we managed to get up in time to get into Issaquah for a little dim sum at Macky’s. We had our favorites: har gow (shrimp dumplings), shoamai (pork dumplings), nor mai gai (rice and fillings in a lotus leaf), and Hong Kong style BBQ pork (which Macky’s does so very well). We had a few other item, along with tea, and left sated.

We then showed up for a tour of the Boehm’s candy factory! The tour was a bit uneven in terms of quality (there were several other tours that day including a group of about 20 kids … they seemed unprepared and very busy) and we seemed to be hurried through. The few times we were allowed to ask questions and interact with the candy makers, it was delightfully interesting! In addition to the candy factory, they took us through a chapel built on-site and through the founder’s, Julius Boehm’s, private rooms. Fascinating stuff. And, of course, we rang up quite a bill in chocolate purchases!

That night we ran out to Grazie’s Caffe Italliano for a bit of pasta. Suzy and I remember long meals and wonderful food here, so it was nice to reacquaint ourselves with their menu and service. We were both surprised, however, to find us walking to the car 45 minutes later! All were full and we had a baggy of left-overs, but after some of our marathon dinners, it felt like we raced through this meal!

Tuesday

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And here the trip comes to an end.

We got up around 8 and I made us some scrambled eggs (with a touch of Gruyère cheese) and toast;, afterwards we took stock of a few of the items I’d be sending back in a travel-safe box I’ll build. Three of the items are the glass that we’d blown! Mom holds her sphere, and the flowers Suzy and I blew are before her.

Next we walked out to the coop to share some old bread with the hens and found our Buff Sussex had already left us an egg! Mom marveled that it was still warm. And, if you haven’t picked up a warm egg, it is quite a treat.

But finally I had the pleasure to assist her to the airport, negotiate the parking garage, the plethora of booths and lines, and then walked her to security … only at the last minute nipping out of line as I couldn’t proceed further. After awaiting her to pass through security (and delighting that those over 75 years old could keep on a light jacket and their shoes!), we shared a final wave and I headed back to a quiet home and many many happy recent memories.

Thanks for taking a week out of your home-life to share with us in Seattle, Mom! See you in September when I head back for Beth’s wedding! 🙂

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