on monday we went to boehms candy kitchen in issaquah. it was super fun. we got samples during the tour and learned a lot about julius boehm. he just happens to be a really interesting guy. we got the main tour of the kitchen where they make all the candies, but we also got to tour his house as well.
he was a lover of art and music and you could really tell when you went into his home.
this was one if his stained glass windows. it's hansel and gretal. my kids just watched the movie the night before, so it was funny that he had it in his house!
there were also lots of statues. they were naked. so, some of the children on the tour (ahem, i'm not talking about mine here...) were interested in various body parts.
he also built a chapel next to the candy kitchen and they hold weddings there too. i'm not sure if he was a christian or just liked art, but he had moses holding the ten commandments inside the chapel along with a great painting of man and his maker. right outside the chapel was this great statue of christ carrying his cross.
the lighting was bad inside the chapel and it was a normal gray day here in the pacific northwest, so my pictures outside were dark too!
during the kitchen tour, we all had to wear these cute hats. these three weren't too keen on taking pictures however, so i have just this one!!
we met monti, who was mixing fondant for some candies and doesn't he just look like a candy maker? he was really very friendly.
i was also surprised that the gals cover candies with chocolate with their bare hands. they said it's to regulate the temperture so the chocolate is shiny and not dull. it didn't seem very sanitary too me. but, then later, when they filled the boxes, they did wear gloves. it didn't seem like it would matter too much at that point!
some chocolates covered in coconut.
that wouldn't tempt me, i hate coconut.
here's a picture of julius. he climbed mt. rainier when he was 80, breaking his own record to be the oldest man to climb it. i'm not sure if that record still stands...
here he is holding the olympic torch he ran with. he really seemed like the kind of man who just went out and lived his dream. and it just goes to show, it doesn't matter how old you are, or even your circumstances, you can always follow your dreams!