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North America » United States » Washington » Seattle May 25th 2020

Now, many of us have our favorite sign in America. It could be the famous Las Vegas sign on the Strip, or the big Hollywood sign in the hills above LA. It might be Nathan's on Coney Island, or Randy's Donuts in LA. Some of you like Wrigley Field in Chicago or Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Any of the Route 66 signs evoke childhood memories of cruising down the highway until reaching the famous Santa Monica Pier. One of my favorites in the Pike Place Market sign in Seattle. Each of you probably have a favorite. And I may have missed a few, like Disneyland, Times Square, Gaslamp San Diego, Cafe du Monde in Nawlins, or Acme Oyster House in Boston. So, if I had to pick one sign that means the ... read more
Wrigley Field
Famous Vegas sign

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle February 29th 2020

My spouse Jeff was invited to referee a diving meet in Federal Way, south of Seattle. As airfares were reasonable, I decided to tag along and enjoy a long weekend in the area. Incidentally, this was the same meet I followed Jeff to two years ago. Jeff arrived a few days before I did. Revisiting a One-of-a-Kind Museum I arrived in Federal Way mid-morning on Friday, February 28th. I decided to remain in the Federal Way vicinity that day as I wanted to revisit the amazing Pacific Bonsai Museumnearby. After checking in at the hotel, I consulted my Apple Maps app for directions for the three mile walk to the museum. When I did this walk two years ago, I walked through a slightly iffy area, and so I felt relieved when the app suggested a ... read more
Pacific Bonsai Museum
Underground City Tour
Underground City Tour

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle January 13th 2020

What a day!! We started off by accidentally sleeping in. Not surprising considering we got to bed so late after watching the golden globes. At about 9am I decided I had to get up otherwise I never would, so while Adam slept I figured out how to use the filtered coffee machine. Rather, I tried and failed to figure out how to use the coffee machine. I even looked up YouTube tutorials and everything, it’s now 12 hours later and I still don’t know how to do it. But no matter. We finally headed out for the day around 10:30am and headed straight to a place called (ahem, excuse my language please grandparents) Biscuit Bitch. It is the coolest breakfast chain I have ever been to. There was a long line, but I had put this ... read more

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle January 12th 2020

This morning we aimed to wake up at 7am, buuut we may have accidentally fallen back asleep until about 8am when we heard a knock at the door with our breakfast! We had filled out an order form the night before, and the basket outside was full of bagels, fruit, condiments, coffee for me, and hot chocolate for Adam. We had breakfast in bed and then slowwwwwly got ready to leave. We only booked the one night in San Francisco due to the price, so today we travelled all the way back to the airport, and hopped on yet another flight, this time to Seattle. Don’t get me wrong, I did like San Fran. It had a strong Melbourne vibe except more snazzy, and it’s one of the least cold places we’ll go. But I can’t ... read more

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle September 9th 2019

A relatively early start because there is a lot we'd like to squeeze in to the day. Our initial stop is the Pike Place Market. This is very touristy but it has been done very well. There are fresh flowers, arts, crafts and numerous other retail outlets including a number of magic shops. There is also fresh produce including meat and fish. One of the fish mongers makes a big deal when someone buys a salmon by hurling the fish from the display area to the wrapper about 10 feet back. It draws a big crowd and everyone has their cameras ready to roll in anticipation. We also got breakfast here at a great little shop that had amazing food. The selection was so good I changed my mind 3 times while I was waiting in ... read more
Pike Place - Fish Monger
Pike Place
Building Art

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle September 8th 2019

We all slept in a little with nothing planned for the morning. Tom didn't feel like breakfast (!!!) so stayed at the hotel while Jeff, Graeme and I went in search of food. Not much was open Sunday morning but we eventually found a nice bakery that was open and grabbed a bite to eat. We had seen people arriving early for the Football game and setting up cabanas in the carparks, getting BBQs out, and setting up TVs. We dropped in a on one to ask what they were doing and were immediately offered a beer (before 10am) and some BBQ chicken - well it would have rude to say No, wouldn't it? It's called "Tail Gating." Groups of friends turn up together, everyone brings food and drinks to share, they set up Tvs, BBQ ... read more
Some fans go all the way
Seattle is the home of Starbucks
Our new mate John

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle June 25th 2019

Während meiner legendären USA-Reise 1997 habe ich in Seattle schon die Space Needle, die Untergrundstadt und sogar das Boeing-Werk im Norden besucht. Diesmal habe ich wieder meinen Spaziergang nach dem Frühstück begonnen und bin zuerst am Seattle Art Museum mit dem Hammering Man vorbei. Von dort bin ich zum Pike Place Market und habe im benachbarten Starbucks einen Frappuccino getrunken und meine letzten US-Münzen ausgegeben. Danach bin ich hinunter zur Waterfront und dort entlang gelaufen. Zuletzt bin ich wieder bergauf zum Hotel. Den restlichen Nachmittag habe ich dies und das gemacht und abends ein italienisches Meeresfrüchtegericht gegessen. Morgen werde ich zu meinem letzten Etappenziel fahren.... read more
Am Seattle Art Museum bin ich vorbei gegangen.
Hammering Man.
An der Waterfront.

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle June 24th 2019

Heute ist nicht viel passiert. Nach dem Frühstück habe ich bald das Hotel verlassen. In Portland habe ich ja nicht das Valet-Parking beansprucht, sondern gegenüber im Parkhaus geparkt. Hier in den USA ist es oft so, dass man nicht an einem Kassenautomaten, sondern an der Schranke mit Kreditkarte zahlen kann. Dann bin ich die knapp 300 Kilometer nach Seattle gefahren. Man hätte entweder an der Küste entlang fahren oder das Mount St. Helens Denkmal besichtigen können, aber zu beidem hatte ich keine Lust. Statt dessen bin ich mit einem Zwischenstopp direkt zu meinem Ziel gefahren und habe das Hotel schnell gefunden. Dort habe ich so dies und das gemacht. Später habe ich im Hotelrestaurant eine Entenbrust gegessen und jetzt kucke ich wieder das einseitige Programm von CNN, nachdem ich schon die heutige Tagesschau im Internet gesehen ... read more
Mein Hotel in Seattle.
Mein Hotelzimmer.
Entenbrust zum Abendessen.

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle » Bell Town June 15th 2019

Many of you are shocked when I tell you we attended a talk by Tony Bourdain some years ago in Seattle. He had yet to start Parts Unknown on CNN, and was still using "No Reservations" as his vehicle for fame and fortune. Someone also gave me his book, "Kitchen Confidential" which was a perfect reflection of his often vulgar adventures through the culinary world. But, as he morphed into "Parts Unknown", he became more of an elder statesman, almost a sage, in the loosest sense of the word. He left a lasting impression on Seattle. Here is the article in the local Seattle paper, in case you missed it: url=https://www.seattlepi.com/seattlenews/article/Seattle-Anthony-Bourdain-Parts-Unknown-Day-episode-13939175.phphttps://www.seattlepi.com/seattlenews/article/Seattle-Anthony-Bourdain-Parts-Unknown-Day-episode-13939175.php ... read more
Locals only??
Love the clams at Emmett Watson's

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle June 3rd 2019

Everybody understands even those who've never been to Seattle, the Space Needle. It is also the number one tourist destination in the Pacific Northwest and the city landmark. Proceed into a gift store and you are bound to come across a lot along with Space Needle figurines as their focus of postcards with all the Space Needle. The marginally extraterrestrial-looking monitoring tower brought in over 2.3 million people when it opened for the 1962 World's Fair. For this day, over 1 million people visit it. So it has been established that everybody knows about the Space Needle, but what exactly do folks actually know about the Space Needle? Listed below are just five little facts 1. In unison cement trucks functioned in less than 12 hours to fill the Space Needle's base hole . They ... read more




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