More Japanese Garden Pictures
(Trying them 500 pixels wide to see what looks best!)
This past Sunday we took family and friends to the Seattle Japanese Garden in the Washington Park Arboretum. Not only is it a calm, beautiful place, but it sure is fun to feed the fish. For fifty cents you get a bit of fun. There were turtles and a duck who also shared in the meal.
Last weekend was the annual people powered fest, Fremont Solstice Festival, here in Seattle. Larger than past years, it was quite a feat to stroll by all the booths. We were most entranced with the wild barbeques firing up for a contest. Here was my favorite.
Enough meetings! Enough sitting inside when the weather is beautiful. My colleague John Smith and I headed back to Amsterdam for one last visit to Pompadour chocolates and a bit of walking around Amsterdam. Lovely, warm day so we took the long route to the shop.
I'm back home now, with a bit of time to review and edit pictures. Here are a few more. Sunday was meeting day, complete with Indonesian take out from a Shell gas station eaten in the parking lot of a fancy-pants hotel. Travel improvisation at it's best. Sunday, after two presentations at a day long meeting, a bunch of us hopped the tram out to Scheveningen to dine on the beach. We came across this great sculpture as we scoped out restaurants.
Day 2 in Amsterdam
Last fall I was through Amsterdam on my way to Almaty, Kazakhstan. My friend Erik van Bekkum took me to Puccini Chocolates, Staalstraat 17. Where else shall I go in pursuit of a fine chocolate experience in Amsterdam?
Arrived at 7:30 am into Schipol, trained into Centraal station. Packed up the bags in a locker and we headed in the general direction of our 10am meeting at Den Waag in the Niewmarket (I know I spelled that wrong. No sleep since Wednesday night.) The weather is balmy, humid and the sky is clear except for some brillian puffy clouds. As we sat at the outdoor part of the market, a really loud sound decended. Soon dust was blowing into everything as an ambulance helicoper landed on the square. Two emergency medical people jumped out, popped into waiting police cars where they then penetrated deeper into the small streets of Amsterdam. The copter shut down and crowd gathered around to look at it. In the US? Land a copter in a public square? Let people get close to and LOOK at it! NEVER. About 20-30 minutes later the cop cars brought someone, loaded them into the copter and he covered our eyes and tea cups while the big yellow bird took to the sky. But duh, I never took out my camera. (Maybe it was because we were having a GREAT conversation!)
Last night after an wonderful, rich, indulgent at the Stumbling Goat, we took a stroll through the Woodland Park Zoo Rose Gardens. It was almost dusk, so the light was subdued. The roses were NOT!
Before I finish the Armenia posts, it is always nice to remember that travel can be close to hom. We have been dreaming about urban excape - finding some property with a nice patch for a garden, some place beautiful so that our friends and family will have motivation to visit. One place we have loved over the years and are exploring is the Long Beach Penninsula here in Washington State, USA.