This past Saturday the Giant, the best friend, the bf’s mom and myself got up very early and headed into Seattle to get on a bus. Our destination was a small place called Leavenworth, WA. This former logging town has become a popular tourist town, thanks to the fact that the city’s town center is modeled after a Bavarian village.
The place includes a variety of tourist shops, restaurants and a lot of hotels. It appears most of the “regular” stores are in on the act with the local Starbucks decorated in the same fashion.
We walked around for the afternoon, battling crowds (my gosh so many people) and frigid temperatures to take in the sights, sounds and smells of the place. It was a fun but busy day.
My favorite part (and not just because it was warm) was getting to tour the Nutcracker museum. Yep, a museum just for nutcrackers. (I don’t know why I am actually surprised by this fact, there are museums for just about everything.) The museum occupies the mid floor of a building along the main street, maintaining a very inconspicuous front entrance.
I had a professor in college who was a pretty big fan of Nutcrackers, but beyond that I can’t say I’ve given much thought to them. However after the tour I am happy to report I have gained a healthy appreciation for the craftsmanship involved.
There were Nutcrackers from just about everywhere in the world, from whimsical to down right functional.
It was pretty interesting to see the antique pieces, (no photos were permitted of those 😦 ) and while I absolutely hate the idea behind them, the Ivory pieces were some of the most intricately and delicately carved pieces I saw.
There were a whole host of characters including:
A variety of gnomes, animals and wee little nutcrackers.
They had a pop-culture section including Star Wars, even one made from Legos.
I even spotted the Fab Four hiding out in the bottom of the right hand cabinet.
The music theme continued with spottings of Elvis in various stages of his career.
I saw a variety of religious pieces including Popes, a monk, a nun and some First Nations pieces.
They had nutcrackers for a variety of professions. Which of course meant I found this one right away.
(Bonus points to the Giant for knowing this was a castle style wheel.)
There was a glassblower, and a few series known as the ‘Chubby characters’
I got to see an infamous gangster.
There were pirates and Arabian Knights
I managed to see some famous travelers.
There were nods to wars and service members (as well as World leaders, but these were also not allowed to be photographed.)
The Giant and I met a nutcracker that was almost as tall as him.
We even managed to find the truly bizarre.
Our trip concluded with lighting ceremony that transformed the little town into a festive Christmas lights extravaganza.
Despite the frigid temperatures and crowds it was a very fun way to spend the weekend before Christmas.
P.S. Today marks the Giant and my 7th wedding anniversary. It’s crazy to think it’s already been that long. I am seriously one lucky lady to be married to my best friend. Here’s to year 8!