Sunday, November 21, 2010

Dear Seattle

Plain and simple--
You are lovely. 

Even your rainy tendencies aren't enough to put a damper on the 
umbrella clad, coffee lovers who fill your streets.
Even the out of towners want to feel your rain.
Did you know that even in the fog and the mist that fill these late fall days,
your energy inspires and renews?
I could walk your streets with nowhere in particular to attend
for hours on end--with an umbrella, of course.

I love the way your streets collide with the Puget Sound.
If there was ever a harbor on the edge of a city that took one's breath away,
it is yours.
Give a thanks to your fishermen,
for their abundant catch is jaw-dropping,
and for the florists who introduced the cabbage flower bouquets.
I'd like to personally thank the man who owns the mini-cheesecake shop
and tell him how divine his pumpkin cheesecake. 
I'd like to order one up for each day left in November!
Please tell the European bakeries whose aroma stopped me in my tracks,
to keep baking up that french goodness! 
Next time I visit, I'm yours!

Your antique shop was exquisite (minus the woman who walked the aisles with her arms crossed and her straight-faced glances, making me feel like a juvenile delinquent), 
but you buttered me up with your kind-talking, laid-back baristas and many a warm cup of joe.
Thank you, thank you, for becoming the coffee-capital!  Oh, how we love your brew!

You don't disappoint in the shopping department, either.
Were you hoping to melt hearts when you positioned Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie side by side?
Thank you for this dynamic duo, and their aesthetic, dreamy goodness!

Seattle, you've been good.  Real good.
You've sent me home refreshed and excited,
even about the rain.
Thank you.
I can't wait to walk your weathered streets again.


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p.s. Heather, you were as fabulous as ever!  Thanks for letting me crash at your place,
 and for all the entertainment!  You are dear to me. xo

8 comments:

vintch November 21, 2010 at 5:08 PM  

Hi! I'm a new follower to your blog and just wanted to drop in and say hey!

Seattle is the BEST! My husband and I took a road trip down the Pacific Coast a few weeks ago and our first stop was Seattle. We only spent the morning there (at Pike's Place), but oh.my.word. it was stunning! The farmer's market had "pluots" (plums/apricots), and that just about made my day. The whole city was just intellectual, beautiful and cool. It was one of our favorite stops:) So glad you captured its beauty on your fabulous blog!

A Serenade for Solitude November 21, 2010 at 7:21 PM  

Vintch! What a lovely trip down the coast you must have had. Isn't Pike's Place full of so much goodness?! Also, I want to say thanks for your sweet kind comments. It is so nice to meet you, and thanks for becoming a follower! :)

Mademoiselle Deva November 22, 2010 at 12:09 AM  

Hi Beautiful! First off thank you for your lovely comment! Seattle - never been there but apparently I must visit it!

Erin November 22, 2010 at 12:15 AM  

Love love love every visit to Seattle! :) Your words are so beautiful and describe it so well. :) Such an honor to be a friend of such talent.

A Serenade for Solitude November 22, 2010 at 12:19 AM  

Mademoiselle- Yes, visit. You wont regret it!

Erin- Thank you. YOU are a lovely friend with amazing talent!

Shelley November 22, 2010 at 8:15 AM  

Wow. I've always wanted to go to Seattle and now I REALLY want to go to Seattle!!! :)
Maybe my anniversary next August.
Thanks for sharing the amazing pictures and the beautiful write-up.

a little bit biased November 22, 2010 at 8:54 AM  

You're such a good writer. I thought (before I saw the pictures at the end) that even if you hadn't posted any pictures, I wouldn't have been that disappointed because you gave such a vision of it all! I hope to go again someday!

A Serenade for Solitude November 24, 2010 at 9:44 AM  

Thanks Ambs. You are very kind. Yes, you should come to visit and we can take a jaunt up north together. That would be FUN! xx

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