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North America » United States » Washington » Seattle July 28th 2011

Lions and Tigers and Buses, Oh My! Everyone was tired enough to get a late start today. Anne and Michelle decided to brave the bus and visit the zoo. The Woodlend Park Zoo had some really great exhibits, easily rivaling the SF and Oakland zoos. Michelle's favorite part (after the bus ride with the bus that bent in the middle) was the bird encounter. Inside the aviary there were a bunch of parakeets and cockateels and the zoo sold little bunches of millet glued to a popscicle stick. If you held out your stick near a bird it would eat the seed and maybe even perch on the sick or your hand. The zoo had great gorilla, oragutang, and wolf habitats and was working on building a new habitat for the big cats and bears. A ... read more
Wolf habitat
Old man of the forest

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle July 27th 2011

Science and Theater (The only mystery was where to eat) We did a bit more walking today but Michelle and I had a blast. We walked with Tony to the Amazon campus and stoppped at Portage Bay for a more substantial breakfast. They had a great toppings bar for breakfast. Whipped cream, maple syrup, brown sugar, nuts, and fresh berries of all kinds were available for your oatmeal and pancakes. It reminded me of how my great grandmother would have a slice of pie just so she could have a big mound of whipped cream on it. After breakfast we walked to the Pacific Science Museum. The PSM is a collection of 5 buildings each dedicated to a differnt kind of science. There were exhibits on phisics, animals, bugs, space, cloning, genetics, big numbers, addiction and ... read more
Blue skys in Seattle

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle July 26th 2011

Welcome to Seattle Michelle's first choice in Seattle was the Children's Museum. Seattle has a huge 22,000 sq ft Children's museum with tons of things to do. We spent almost 5 hours there with only a quick break for lunch. Her first stop was the life sized erector set in the construction room. Her tunnel was very nice. We also went bird watching, visited far off cities, worked behind the scenes in a theater, made sandwiches, created with clay, explored physics and constructed with Legos. Not bad for a children's museum. After the Children's Museum we rode the monorail to downtown Seattle. From the station we walked to the city library to read some books and use the computers. The Library had a challenge to find a green sheep somewhere in the children's section. Michelle decided ... read more
Fun with Math
Finished project

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle July 25th 2011

On the Train - aaaaalllll daaaaay The sleeper car has been very nice, much better than coach. There has been some beautiful scenery as we pass through Northern California, Oregon and Washington. Trees, lots and lots of trees. It's been a low key day with the main excitment being meals in the dinning car. They are included in the sleeper car price so we get to order anything we want. When we stopped at Klamath Falls Michelle and Anne worked off some energy by racing up and down the platform. Michelle won everytime. We also managed to make up the 90 minutes we lost at the begining of the trip and arrived in Seattle a little bit early. A trip to Whole Foods, a good night's sleep and Michelle and Anne be ready to explore Seattle ... read more
Let's eat!

North America » United States » California » Atascadero July 24th 2011

Packing, Packing, Wine and Train You have to start packing sometime. So what if it's the day you leave. Our train was scheduled to leave at 4:45 PM so we had plenty of time. Fortunatly for us we are getting pretty expirenced at packing. This year's trip had so many parts we are lucky we don't have any restrictions on luggage. By the time we finished we had 6 bags plus a personal item each. Good thing Michelle is getting old enough to wheel her own bag. We were all ready to go by 3 PM. A quick stop for some frozen yogurt and we were on our way. We kept an eye on the train status all day since it can be late. Up until we left the house it was still on time. By ... read more

Europe » Germany » Berlin » Berlin July 14th 2010

Day 6 - Berlin to Marburg After a couple of days of walking and heat we were ready to sit in the car awhile. Today's trip was a little less scenic but we had some destinations in mind so we took the autobahn rather than driving through the back roads. First we headed back to the Harz mountains to see the Rubeland Caves near Elbingerode. We passed by on our way to Berlin but didn't have time to stop. The cave we toured was called Baumannhohle, or Bauman's cave. It was discovered in the 1600s and has been toured and excavated since then. The tour was in German but one of the guests helped us out by translating some of the bits. While we were in Rubeland we had lunch at a cafe inside a ... read more
Marburg tower
Houses perched on the hillside
Lightening strike

Europe » Germany » Berlin » Berlin July 13th 2010

Day 5 - Berlin on foot We started today a bit earlier (we set the alram), had a nice breakfast in the hotel (crepes made to order and as many croissants as we wanted), and met Chris and Kathy in the Lobby. The weather forecast called for scattered showers and much lower temperatures, around 85 degrees, so we planed to explore the east side of Berlin as well as some museums. as we left the hotel it started to shower so we grabbed a taxi over to the DDR museum. The DDR museum is a hands on history of life in East Berlin during the 60s, 70s and 80s. It had lots of information, objects to touch, and pictures to look at and was obviously quite popular. We spent about 45 minutes exploring the museum and ... read more
The building bricks
One woman currywurst stand
Checkpoint Charlie

Europe » Germany » Berlin » Berlin July 12th 2010

Day 4 - Zipping around Berlin Our fourth day dawned bright and early... but we didn't see it. The curtains in the Ritz are very heavy, and we face west.. so we slept in till 10:30. We met up with Chris and Kathy for breakfast at a lovely cafe in the Sony center, and went out walking. It was hot, probably 95F, and near 100% humidity. We passed by several embassies, took pictures inside a McDonalds (for Kathy, and for the A/C), and stopped for water at a little pub by the river. We saw one of the many performing groups. This one had 5 or so people controlling a large puppet with sticks. He gave me a high-five. Then we made our way over to the Holocaust memorial (not the museum), which consisted of ... read more
Lost in the blocks
A what?

Europe » Germany » Berlin » Berlin July 11th 2010

Ah, the AutoStadt, German for Auto City. Considering that until VW built it's plant here there was no town it's quite accurate. The grounds have several pavilions, most promoting VW brands of one kind or another, plus a vehicle museum and an art museum. Our first stop after breakfast this morning (a lovely but slightly confusing buffet, I learned the german word for strawberry and used it the rest of the trip) was the Zeithaus, a museum with the history of german and European cars as well as LOTS of German and European cars. They even had the One millionth beetle made at the plant. This is the point where I whished I read german beacuse all the fascinating history was in German, but that meant Tony didn't have to wait for me to read everything ... read more
It's a mini - mini
Parking Towers
Where's tony?

Europe » Germany » Hesse » Marburg July 10th 2010

We woke up early... the sun comes up way to early in this country (4am). While waiting for breakfast, we explored the castle some more, and snapped some photos. After a nice breakfast on the patio of the castle, we did a little more exploring, and found a door that led out onto the original castle ramparts. Anne was scared by a small german child who thought we were her friends. The Castle had a summer language camp with a dozen or so children. They were very energetic.. how fun!! We left the castle late morning, and stopped by a grocery store in Oberwesel. It was an interesting mix of familiar products (coke, evian and harblo), and lots of unfamiliar products. We were able to check out of the store without having to ask anyone if ... read more
Crazy Castle
Up on the ramparts
Fiary Tale Road -1

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