We got up early on Sunday morning and headed back out to the Division Street neighborhood where we'd been the day before. Vanessa had recommended Pine State Biscuits as a good place for lunch, so we thought we'd check it out. In what began to feel like deja vu, we stood in line for a long time waiting to get in.
|The weather was still clear, but the temperatures had dropped quite a bit,|
which made waiting in line outside much less fun.
|Oh, and we also got fried green tomatoes, which were terrific.|
|I have no idea what this plant is, but it looks like a popcorn tree to me.|
From the garden we headed back downtown to visit the Portland Art Museum. We had passed the museum the night before on our way to our Valentine's dinner and seen that they had a special exhibition on Italian Style: Fashion Since 1945. We were intrigued and wanted to check it out.
Turns out, the exhibition was pretty interesting. It looked at the fashion industry in Italy from the end of WWII, when the country was in poverty and ruins, to now, when Italy ranks with France as one of the top fashion powerhouses in the world. There were lots of lovely dresses (and a few less lovely men's suits), and I enjoyed learning the history. I didn't see any real standouts, though, among the pieces that were on display, and I found myself missing the really exciting, provocative fashion exhibits that the Fashion Institute puts on at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (such as the Punk exhibit I saw in 2013).
|Here's a completed dress (on the left) with a paper pattern demonstrating the construction.|
I liked seeing how the colors were clearly mapped out in paper, and I also really like the
|A five-foot sculpture referencing a 1750 piece called Temple of Love|
|Detail of the bacchanal going on inside the temple|
|We used to squirt our cat with water when she tried to get on the table like that|
|Crumbs in bed!|
We didn't have time to see anything else in the museum because we were on a tight schedule to get back to Seattle. I have seasons tickets to the Village Theatre in Issaquah (a suburb of Seattle), and we were on deck to see their production of Around the World in 80 Days -- an appropriate topic, don't you think, for the two of us?
The production was fine, but the play was mediocre. The plot basically consisted of "first we went to a place, and then we went to another place", which meant it was kind of boring. And the poor female character suffered from having been written in the 19th Century. But still, it was fun to see a show with Amanda -- and it meant we had something to discuss on the way back home for the night.
And that was it for our weekend! Amanda took off the next morning back to Denver, which means it's time for us to figure out our next adventure...