16 April, 2012

Week one in Seattle

We've been here a week now. We are staying east of Seattle University and just southish of Capitol Hill. It's quiet, green, tree-lined, close to restaurants and coffee shops and Trader Joe's. Tom is working during the week from the apartment and the girls and I are exploring, and doing a little school work. To be honest the girls are rather diffident about the exploration - takes a big effort to get them dressed and out though I think they are enjoying it once they are out.

So far we've visited the Children's Museum at Seattle Center (museum better for younger kids, Space Needle and Monorail - cool), Pike's Market (very touristy, some good food stalls and a lot of not very good craft stalls), the two local parks (Cal Anderson and Volunteer), and yesterday we headed off to see the Gauguin exhibition at Seattle Art Museum. The last was stunning - the focus was on Gauguin's work in the context of native Polynesian art so there were many gorgeous artifacts together with his paintings, drawings and woodcuts. Not sure what the girls thought. They liked the audio commentary which may have been enlightening them but was certainly keeping them occupied.

And now it's raining. A day to use the car, and shop for rain gear and food and potter about.

For girls' point of view - see their blog Across America with Millie and Lottie

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