Our final destination was Seattle. We traveled on the Victoria Clipper, the ferry from Victoria to Seattle. On the trip we met a Seattle tour guide who suggested so many places to visit there but our time was limited. We did the usual tourist things and a few other things that she’d suggested.
We had a nice lunch at Matts at the Market, a small restaurant on the third floor of one of the old market buildings. Out of the window there is a tiny view of the harbor. The cooking is all done in the open and from our table we watched the most amazing dissection of celery stalks.
The young man (I wonder if he’s called a sous chef?) had a pile of celery and a peeler. He painstakingly peeled each stalk of all the strings and placed them in a container. We thought perhaps they go in Bloody Marys. Not so, the next step was to cut them in half and then slice them horizontally, not an easy task with something as small as a stripped piece of celery. I kept thinking that he’d end up slicing his fingers. The top slice, very thin was put in one container and the now very slender and short stalks in another. The final step was to take these and make diagonal cuts the entire length making pieces perhaps ΒΌ inches long. When he had finished, (a forty-five minute process) a large pile of celery had been reduced to a one pound deli container of little pieces. I can’t imagine what they are used for but this must be the most expensive celery in history.
Another notable thing, he had a glove on one hand but used both equally in handling the celery. I wonder what the Board of Health would make of that.
Wandering down to the harbor from the market through an alley we passed an unusual sight, the outside wall of a building covered with wads of gum as high as one (someone tall) could reach.

Viewing the wall of gum!

Viewing the wall of gum!


We had made reservations for lunch at the Sky City Restaurant in the Space Needle. Before lunch we visited the Chihuly Glass House and Garden. Dale Chihuly’s glass has to be one of the most amazing artistic displays I’ve seen. I had seen an exhibit at the Franklin Conservatory in Columbus, Ohio several years ago. His glass sculptures were nestled in the gardens there. I’d also seen some of his pieces in other museums but this display was astonishing.
There were eight galleries featuring major pieces, a glass house that he designed based on conservatories in England and other parts of the world, and a garden with an array of glass forms derived from nature and his imagination. This exhibit was worth the trip to Seattle if we hadn’t seen anything else.

The GLass House with the garden in the foreground and the glass tree in the background.

The GLass House with the garden in the foreground and the glass tree in the background.

The glass ceiling.

The glass ceiling.

One of the museum galleries. All glass figures.

One of the museum galleries. All glass figures.

Full sized boats filled with glass. This is similar to an installation in Venice.

Full sized boats filled with glass. This is similar to an installation in Venice.