My friend Christina and I met up in Seattle last weekend to attend TypeCon. My favorite session was the keynote speech by Lance Wyman, designer of the DC Metro map! In our downtime we got to visit some famous (and some not-so-famous) Seattle landmarks.
I booked a late flight back to Utah so I’d have extra time on Sunday to explore. I rode the Monorail over to the EMP Museum, a fantastic way to spend the afternoon. The building was designed by Frank Gehry and is just a cool space to be in. Lots of weird wall shapes and fun building materials.
And yes, we went to Pike Place Market, too!
The collection at the Minneapolis Institute of Art is so expansive and varied, we went back for a second visit. They had the big names—Seurat, Van Gogh, Goya, Close, O’Keeffe, Magritte—and tons of pieces by unnamed master artisans from ancient China, Japan, Burma, etc, etc, etc.
A highlight was the period rooms, which were so well constructed you truly felt like you were in other buildings.
A note to my family: Another cool thing was that MIA offers is the book tour, where they take you around and discuss a small sample of pieces based on a book. Guess what the book for July is…MAISIE DOBBS. This portrait was selected to represent Celia (the focus of her first case). At each piece, our guide read us quotes from Maurice. I kid you not.
Earlier this month we went to Miami Beach for our good friends’ wedding, and we stayed for an extra week of relaxing and sightseeing. It was a week full of exotic car spotting, beach walks, and architecture tours. I tried ceviche, K tried Cuban coffee, and we both had several empanadas.