It was exquisite and exactly what I needed. We all need to get away once in a while: Away from the hustle and bustle, the commute, the office, the job, the work, the race, and just take time to relax. Our retreat was in a beach house and it couldn’t be more perfect.
We spent our days, talking, joking, singing together, dining, exploring, enjoying nature and even fitting in time for a steam and a massage at a spa. Overall it was a great experience and I highly recommend everyone do it at least once a year.
I found the best kept food secret in Bellevue! It is pizza from Topolino’s in Bellevue. It tastes amazing and is made New York style so you will love it! I have eaten pizza in New York City and it is unlike any in the world. But Topolino’s has the New York pizza style captured. It is authentic. I highly recommend everyone try it. Eat it outside so you can take in the sights and the sounds of eating downtown, just like in NYC! Enjoy!
It is fun to be a tourist in my own city, which is what I did this past weekend. We went down to the Pike Place Market and watched them throw the fish! We strolled through all the fresh flower and fruit stalls, took in the sea air and enjoyed all the buzz and energy of the people, mostly tourists. It was fun to be down there again. The market reminds me of the medieval markets that I used to visit when I lived in England. I used to go more often to the market in Seattle when I lived right downtown. I used to go to Post Alley and enjoy a pint of Guinness at Kell’s and eat dinner at the fine French restaurant Campagne.
Seattle is a very European city and much of the Pike Place Market is influenced by Europe. Having lived in Europe for three years, I see so many European people, food, wares and culture reflected in Seattle. You can hear so many accents also. I did the same thing when I lived in London. I would go out to all the tourists spots and watch the tourists enjoy for the first time what I had been living every day. It is a fun and exhilarating experience and I recommend everyone go and place tourist in their home city this year!
Words and photo copyright 2013 by Eddie Edwards.