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North America » United States » Washington » Seattle » Bell Town January 12th 2015

Who is Seattle's most famous fictional character? There are many, and here are some of my favorites: Eddie Crane is the little Jack Russell terrier on Frasier. He is known for his acting, and by being the only one who is not talking. Our dog Buddy is often mistaken for a Jack Russell, since the temperament is similar. The other part about the TV show I liked was the view from Frasier's high rise apartment in downtown Seattle. I have yet to find that view, or even come close on any of my visits here. My other favorite fictional character from Seattle is Mike Doonesbury, also known as Michael James Doonesbury. He started out as a freshman from Tulsa at Walden College, and shared a dorm room with B.D. He is married to Kim Rosenthal, and ... read more

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle » Bell Town October 3rd 2014

Top ten things you must do in Seattle. Have you done them? 1. Space Needle (from the 1962 World's Fair) 2. Pike Place Market 3. Ride the Great Wheel 4. World Class Wines (over 800 wineries in Washington) img=https://blu180.mail.live.com/Handlers/ImageProxy.mvc?bicild=&canary=hg9sbH1Z8H7pO%2bL%2f%2fJ5W09kmHklV0J%2bp3f9sDuJ8DD4%3d0&url=http%3a%2f%2fu.slimg.com%2fsmartertravel%2fgallery%2f837%2foriginals%2fstm5405d6d23978320140902.jpg 5. Seafood (halibut was fabulously good) 6. Take a seaplane ride 7. Chihuly Garden and Glass ( nice, but overrated) img=https://blu180.mail.live.com/Handlers/ImageProxy.mvc?bicild=&canary=hg9sbH1Z8H7pO%2bL%2f%2fJ5W09kmHklV0J%2bp3f9sDuJ8DD4%3d0&url=http%3a%2f%2fu.slimg.com%2fsmartertravel%2fgallery%2f837%2foriginals%2fstm5405d6304e7d120140902.jpg 8. Local craft brews 9. Seattle's colorful neighborhoods ... read more
The venerable Space Needle
You must have a Serious Pie, seriously!
The great Experience Music Project

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle » Bell Town October 1st 2014

It is no secret that we visit Seattle at least three times a year. We go for each of our birthdays (Feb. and Oct.), as well as our anniversary (June). In fact, the big 20th is coming up in June, 2015. Many people ask, "Why Seattle?" We answer, "Why not?" We started coming to Seattle on our honeymoon, 1995. We have visited Seattle at least once a year since. It is our favorite American city, and perhaps, one of our two or three favorite cities in the entire world! Is it the food or fine dining? The food and dining choices are excellent or even better. We love the Tom Douglas restaurants, and have tried them all. We also love the fresh seafood here. The bakeries are without peer. url=https://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl&imgrefurl=http://www.hiptravelmama.com/food-wine-tours-and-vacations/spring-fever-2-hours-at-pike-place-market-seattle-with-kids/&h=0&w=0&tbnid=yb0c8F2... read more
The BEST public library in the entire world, Seattle Public Library
Seattle Space Needle, 1962 World's Fair

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle » Bell Town April 30th 2014

Het is ongewoon warm in Seattle, iedere local die we spreken maakt ons duidelijk dat we heel veel mazzel hebben en dat het normaal helemaal niet zo lekker is hier. Dan knikken we dankbaar en nemen aan dat dan ook zo is. De vlucht van Londen naar Seattle was geen pretje, we zaten echt middenin met weinig beenruimte, de service van BA is natuurlijk prima maar van koffie hebben ze geen verstand en van Engelse thee moet je ook maar houden. Opvallend was de line-up bij immigration: 3/4 single late twintigers tot vroege veertigers, rugzak of cabine-koffertje en aan de betreffende officer uitleggen wat voor werk ze voor Microsoft enzo komen doen. Gelukkig waren we niet de enige vakantie-vierende pensionado's, zo bijzonder zijn we dus niet. Kings Inn hotel is precies wat je van een low-budget ... read more

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle » Bell Town April 25th 2014

Op 28 april komen we aan in Seattle, we slapen een paar nachten in King's Inn (downtown), verkennen de stad, doen alvast wat boodschappen en maken ons verder klaar voor de reis. Op 1 mei nemen we de bus of de trein naar Everett waar Cruise America z'n depot heeft. s'Middags rijden we naar een RV-camp in Mount Vernon, handig gelegen tegenover een Wallmart, waar we van alles zullen inslaan. De rest van de avond verkennen we de camper, bekijken de route en het weer van de volgende dag en richten ons huisje voor de komende weken in. Op 2 mei begint het dus echt, we willen die dag een flink eind rijden omdat die 20 dagen die we voor de reis hebben uitgetrokken misschien wat krap zijn. Als iets misschien minder interessant is dan moet ... read more

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle » Bell Town February 19th 2014

Yes, it can be cold, snowy, and rainy in Seattle in February. It might also be sunny and clear. Flip a coin, since either one is possible. But rarely does it force the fine folks in Seattle from going out and about their fabulous city. First, drink a hot toddy, the hit a Russian spa. If that fails to warm you up, try a skating rink. Some ski resorts have been known to open as early as July! Long underwear is always in my suitcase, though locals rarely even carry an umbrella or raincoat. I have been in Seattle numerous times, during my working career, where it has snowed to the point of paralyzing the city. The downtown area is quite hilly, rendering cars without snow chains or snow tires relatively similar to bumper cars at ... read more
Famous Top Pot, the donut choice of Microsoft millionaires

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle » Bell Town October 11th 2013

So with 31 days until I leave...I feel ready! Have spent the last month taking classes for photography and bartending haha. Not that I intend to sling booze for a living! Bought more gear for my camera...which whilst fun,is becoming an addiction as of late! A full lighting kit and another speedlight and a new lens and more triggers and a buddy gave me a hugeeeeee professional tripod! After class the other night I did get the opportunity to shoot a few pictures with my new 35mm 1.8 which will be in my camera bag for the Central America trip for certain. So will post the first "test" shots I took. Saw doctors again and got heaps of good but unnecessary vaccines too! Am looking forward to friends and family following me through Central America...and hopefully ... read more
Union Station
Car wash
Car wash

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 » Bell Town August 5th 2013

Today can be summed up in eight short bullets: We had a lie-inWe ordered room service breakfast (a bit of an extravagance but worth it!)We had a lie down and mini napWe went for a walk around Pike Place Market on a beautiful sunny day (we loved the flowers, the flying fish, the gross gum wall, the elephant garlic and the heirloom tomatoes the most)We lunched at a little deli in Post Alley... read more
A bit of tourism for the day
The flowers
The gum

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle » Bell Town August 4th 2013

This was one of the longest drive days scheduled for the trip with an estimated 11 hours to get from East Glacier Village to Seattle. So, we stopped in at Brownies the local deli for some breakfast, and hit the road early. I thought I’d be adventurous with my coffee - error - and ordered the huckleberry flavoured kind. Ick. I should know better. We decided to take US-2 west instead of going back through the park again today. What an amazing road! This definitely ranks as one of the most beautiful drives we’ve done. The mist hanging low over the trees, the mountains, the forests, the historic railroad along side of us - it was magical. That is until we nearly hit a dear gamboling across the road. I wasn’t paying attention to the road ... read more
Jon learned this the hard way
Sandpoint, Idaho
Washington wheat




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