Day Trippers – Part 3

Is everyone here?
Ok then, let’s continue! πŸ˜€

(Remember to double-click photos to enlarge.)


This next item in the Dale Chihuly exhibit, “Through the Looking Glass”, is a spectacular blue “chandelier” that would be fabulous in your entryway . . .

IF you happen to live in a palace, that is!!! πŸ˜‰

It’s absolutely huge. The color is a cool icy blue, which is somehow appropriate because the glass tendrils look frozen.


As we turn the corner, we come upon a whole field of tall violet reeds, displayed amongst large birch logs. It’s quite a powerful sight and yet immediately soothing, wonderfully serene – sort of a mystical marshland!


Gosh Kids, you must be starving by now! Time for lunch. πŸ™‚
The museum has a few dining venues: a formal restaurant, a cafeteria, and a lovely cafe, which is where we’re going. Located near the courtyard, it’s a large, bright, open space with lots of windows – a cheerful little oasis in the midst of the bustle of art fans of all ages.

Whew! We were more ready to sit down than we thought! First, a cold drink. On a warm summer day, I’m a seltzer-with-lemon gal; Sir Beads had the Sam Adams.


Within seconds, our server offered fresh rolls, and generous slices of warm cornbread with butter on the side. So yummy I forgot to snap a photo of them. (C’mon, we were HUNGRY!)

On this particular day, Sir Beads was channeling his caveman roots – all he wanted was a big juicy burger (Men!).

I, on the other hand, πŸ˜‰ wanted to try one of the more creative choices on the menu: “Summer Vegetable Lasagna”.

The presentation is a little work of art, in itself. Don’t you agree?

I quickly jotted down the ingredients so that I could rattle them off for you . . . zucchini, roasted tomatoes, summer squash, herbed ricotta, eggplant, micro arugula, and tomato basil sauce. It was delicious!!!! The waiter had warned me that there were no noodles in this lasagna. As a pasta fan I could have chosen something else, but I also love veggies, and besides, I wanted to try a festive entree! I will definitely attempt to re-create the dish at home – it was that good.


As we dined, we were able to enjoy another one of Chihuly’s pieces . . . His “Lime Green Icicle Tower” was installed right in the restaurant area. It’s enormous. For an idea of size, notice the ants people standing nearby!

Rumor has it that donations to the museum have made it possible for this piece to stay after the show moves on. πŸ™‚


I hope you had fun. Thanks so much for coming along. Shall we do it again some day?

For now, we’d better hop back on the bus and take our seats. Sir Beads will be driving us home . . .

Isn’t that right, Sir Beads?

Sir Beads????????

Ah, there he is! Trying to squeeze in just one more photo . . . πŸ™‚

Til next time,



and Sir Beads, too!

Day Trippers – Part 2

OK, Kids!

Right this way . . . .

We’re about to view an eye-popping display of COLOR and SIZE and incredible BEAUTY!


Welcome to the exhibit of glass artist extraordinaire, Dale Chihuly. Dubbed the most famous glass artist since Louis Comfort Tiffany, Chihuly has forever changed the art of delicate blown glass over the last four decades – propelling it into a world of large-scale sculpture that is simply breath-taking to behold!


Almost there, just down these steps . . .


In this first vignette, the wall is quite large and covered with glass in shades of autumn. The lighting creates a warm reflective glow that beckons us to enter the gallery for this show called:

Through The Looking Glass

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Talk about amazing! Here we have a life-sized boat filled with a myriad of glass objects, including trailing lily pads! The room is quite dark except for the lighting that dances on the boat – which is set on a highly reflective surface. So very beautiful!


This made me gasp! We are now in a room where the entire ceiling is made of wooden beams and large panels of clear glass upon which hundreds of pieces of art glass are resting.


Rainbows of color reflect on the walls and the overall scene is dazzling.

This photo courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


I didn’t think there could be anything to top what we’ve already seen. I was wrong. Walking through this room is a step into another world – a fairy tale land, perhaps, or a magical planet.


Gosh, there’s still a bit more to see, and afterwards I want to take you all to lunch, but this story is getting long again!

I promise to wrap up our day in Part 3.

Please stay tuned! πŸ™‚

~All photos by Sir Beads except as noted.