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North America » United States » Washington » Seattle » Bell Town October 7th 2013

Seattle is the most literate city in the United States, probably the entire world. The Seattle Public Library, which I love, has issued the highest percentage of library cards. Of course, Seattle has the original Skid Row (Yesler Way) of any city. It is still pretty seedy down there, with lots of homeless. Seattle is the northernmost U.S. city with a population of over half a million. Seattleites buy more sunglasses per capita than any city in the U.S. Could it be the unbridled enthusiasm, ala' Billy Mumphrey? Columbia Center is Seattle's tallest building at 76 stories, and 937 feet. It is the twelfth tallest building in the U.S. Is that where Frasier Crane lived? Seattle was the first city in the U.S. to play a Beatles song on the radio. Does anyone know the song? ... read more
Party Time

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle September 29th 2013

From Salt Spring to Vancouver to Seattle and beyond…….. Due to, in part, a lack of time and in part, a lack of internet I’m playing catch-up with this blog. So to recap a bit: Thursday, September 26, 2013 We left Salt Spring Island yesterday having had a lovely relaxing week. The sun was out in full force on the return ferry trip and we were lucky enough not only to see Orcas but one young orca came up right alongside the ferry! We checked into the Landis Suites in downtown Vancouver and had a very good night. This morning we had a swim in the hotel pool (all to ourselves) followed by the buffet breakfast, well stocked with healthy stuff like Danish pastries and a variety of muffins. (It’s a good thing we’ll only do ... read more
Pike Place Market
Peppers for Sale

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle September 22nd 2013

Tuesday 10 Sept Fine and sunny – 30c It appears we posted the blog for LA too soon as United Airlines thought we might like to hang out at LAX airport a little bit longer – actually a LOT bit longer! Our flight was due to depart for Seattle at 5.30pm but due to several delays blamed on mechanical issues, atmospheric conditions and pretty much anything else they could think of, we finally departed at 8.30pm. Arrived in Seattle just after 11.00pm and cabbed it to our home for the next 5 nights – The Paramount Hotel on Pine St. The ground floor of the hotel has a fantastic bar / restaurant called ‘Dragonfish’. We were starving and fortunately they were still serving food until 1.00am so we inhaled a selection of ... read more
Safeco Field
Pike's Fish Market
Space Needle

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle September 15th 2013

I am writing this note in preparation for my next grand adventure. My travel partner Bill Kepper and I will be flying to Athens on September 15 to board Oceania Cruise Lines Nautica to begin a cruise to the Black Sea. We will be stopping in the Greek isles and then to three ports in Turkey. Then sailing counter clockwise around the Black Sea we will visit Sochi in Russia, Yalta, Sevastopol and Odessa in Ukraine, Constanta, Romania and Nessebur, Bulgaria. The trip will end with four days in Istanbul. I will be packing my Microsoft tablet and will try to jot down significant observations as I go. The timing of sending these out will, as usual, depend on the speed of internet connections along the way. Now to get organized for departure in about 10 ... read more

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle September 10th 2013

Wednesday morning ( as every morning thereafter) began with a yummy breakfast at the hotel and a dip in the hot tub and pool, followed by a walk across the street to the Lake Union marina. We spent a while checking out the great antique boats outside the Museum of History and Industry, including a Lighthouse Boat, Fire Boat and Tug Boats and then moved on to the Museum. We saw lots of neat exhibits in the lobby of the Museum and visited the gift shop but decided not to spend the roughly $20 per person and the time to tour the entire Museum. The employees at the Museum were really nice and one told us where to catch the Trolley downtown and even let us know no ticket was needed. We walked about a block ... read more
Antique Boat
Three Talley Girls
Cynde on the streets of Seattle


North America » United States » Washington » Seattle September 9th 2013

Date - Monday 9th September 2013 What a gorgeous day to leave Wellington, NZ. Knowing we had a long day ahead with three plane journeys and airport terminals we started the day with a lovely brisk walk around the area Jennie's parents live in. With the head clear and the bodies energised we completed our packing and left the wonderful family resort of "Davis Hotel"! The resident chauffeur kindly took us to the airport where we took our flight bound for Auckland at midday. Met by another friendly family chauffeur we had an enjoyable lunch at a yummy cafe near the airport. After completing a few admin tasks and catching up with family we headed back to the airport to complete check-in formalities for our LA leg of the journey. In Duty Free Jennie bought another ... read more

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle September 6th 2013

Friday morning Kenny and I walked to REI, Recreation Equipment Inc, the largest Sporting Goods Retailer in the Northwest. The weather was typical Seattle weather, cool with a light mist. It felt wonderful! We passed by a Community Garden on the way and I, of course, had to stop and smell the roses, and all the other flowers and vegetables inside. There are many Community Gardens in Seattle gracing the neighborhoods and providing nourishment to many local Food Banks. When we reached REI, we were astounded by the beautiful landscaping, complete with huge Fir trees and waterfalls. After spending some time perusing the goods and checking out the inside hiking trail and the outside biking trail, we headed back to the hotel where Terry had spent the morning relaxing. We took the trolley to the end ... read more
Space Needle
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Chihuly Museum

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle September 3rd 2013

So I know I've not blogged for a bit! But in my defense...I've been busy. That's a lie, but shhhh don't tell! So the next trip will be Central America, for a few reasons. I love the area, have not been there in years, and it's still relatively inexpensive! No "itinerary" as of yet, but a generalization to follow. November 11th an overnight flight to Guatemala City. Then El Salvador, Honduras, and finally leave from Managua, Nicaragua on December 17th. So five weeks of wandering around with my camera and a good attitude. Am most interested in Nicaragua as I've never been before! The other 6 countries I have visited in different capacities over the years. So this being a simple update I shall return to looking up reasonably priced hotels and buses etc. If any ... read more

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle September 3rd 2013

If I began by relating how we left the house at 5:30 a.m., you would probably not think anything of it. However, if I then told you that we arrived in Seattle at 11:20 a.m., you would immediately realize that for this trip, Stormy is not the primary mode of transportation. We boarded an American Airlines flight for a 7:35 a.m. flight to Seattle. This is another trip that has been on our "bucket list" of trips. Ever since Cynde's cousin Alicia moved to Federal Way over 20 years ago, we have always talked about this trip. Then Alan and Margaret's son, Alex, moved to Vancouver to attend college. They have been keeping the airlines busy with frequent trips to Seattle and Vancouver and have described the area as just short of paradise. So..... here we ... read more
Terry and Kenny on the Dock
The Iconic Space Needle
So Many to Choose From!

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle » Pioneer Square August 30th 2013

All good things must come to an end! Can't believe it's over but we're both really excited about getting home and seeing family and friends. After our pack trip we headed straight up to Glacier National Park, which is pretty close to alpine perfection. Snow capped mountains, flower meadows, rivers, lakes and lots of wildlife, fortunately with some sunny weather too. We spent 5 days mixing up our time between hikes and chilling on the shore of a lake with a book (with a daily swim for me too, very refreshing!). We found a great lake one afternoon so I went for a wee dip in the peace and quiet in my y-fronts, which are a bit worse for wear after four months travelling. Turns out our secluded spot was a bit more popular than we ... read more
Fried spam and a campfire, the perfect evening!

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