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North America » United States » Washington » Seattle September 8th 2018

Despite having been awake since 04:45, we were awoken at 7am by banging, hammering, drilling and sawing coming from next door. Or we would have been if we were asleep!! Today, I’m going to get my wish and see the Seattle skyline from atop a tower. The Smith Tower is a skyscraper (by UK standards, at least) in Pioneer Square. Completed in 1914, the neo-classical 38-story, 484 ft tower is the oldest skyscraper in the city, and was among the tallest skyscrapers outside New York City at the time of its completion. It was the tallest building west of the Mississippi River (why always West of the Mississippi?) until the completion of the Kansas City Power & Light Building in 1931. It was then relegated to the tallest building on the West ... read more
The Smith Tower - once the talest builing on the west coast
Pike Street - Rainbow crossing
Eying the needle in Seattle

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle September 7th 2018

I apologize for not posting the past two days of our Alaskan Cruise, but for some reason I have been having trouble logging in on this travel site and very slow internet speed. I think I have it figures out now so we shouldn't have any more issues. This first post will be covering the first three days of our trip. Currently we are on the Holland America Euradam on our way to Juneau, Alaska. We left for our trip on Friday evening flying from Oklahoma City to Seattle nonstop on Alaskan Airlines. I really do love that we have a nonstop flight to Seattle. The flight lasts about four hours and was a very smooth and pretty uneventful flight. Drury and I both had dinner on the plane and the flight attendant was very nice. ... read more
I'm a little anxious to board
View of our condo building (it's the round building in the middle)
Enjoying some dinner on the plane

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle September 7th 2018

‘Where are we off to this time?’ I asked Roisin. This is not as strange as it sounds as in the next twenty-four months we have at least thirteen trips booked to various corners of the Globe and also, I just wanted to get this blog started by using a few golden oldie puns! ‘Alaska’, Roisin replied rather surprisingly calm and not at all thinking it was strange that I didn’t know where our next trip was despite having just returned from Asda with a Fist full of Dollars (minus the cheroot, cowboy hat, poncho, a horse and designer stubble!!) ‘Juneau?’ ‘Yes, Alaska!’. Roisin repeated ‘Yes, but Juneau?’ This could have gone on all night but Roisin, not wantin... read more
The old meets the new of Seattle
The world famous Pike Place market
Pike Place Market

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle September 2nd 2018

I woke-up to see our fantastic view for the last time and what was shaping-up to be a stunning sunrise, so I jumped out of bed and went out to try and get a picture of it. My wife and I had also decided that we would have one last trip to Stanley Park so we got out early, whilst there were still some bikes available. It was again, a very peaceful and pleasant time, with just a few other riders and early morning runners out as well. We had thought about going to Victoria on Vancouver Island, however after looking into it, we decided that it would be too long a journey to do in one day, with an hour drive to the ferry terminal (there are no ferries from Vancouver itself), a two hour ... read more
Point Roberts Lighthouse
Peace Arch
Seattle Skyline

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle » Pioneer Square August 23rd 2018

I thought I would have another early start and try for another photo of the Seattle skyline, this time from a bridge to the south east of the city. The walk there was straight forward but I had not realised what kind of area it would take me through. At five in the morning, the area south of Downtown was absolutely awful - full of rough sleepers, rubbish everywhere and a number of people wandering around for no apparent reason. With the possible exception of the Blue Line in Los Angeles (see ) and one time in Bangkok (see ), I had never felt more at risk. It was one of those times when you wonder if it is better to carry on in hope that it gets better or turn around and walk back through ... read more
Underground Tour
The Smith Tower
Smith Tower View

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle August 22nd 2018

It was my wife’s birthday today and it was agreed that I should go out early to collect a McDonalds breakfast for us all. Most of our holidays in America involve a Segway tour and this was to be no exception. It was a 20 minute walk to to the tour office and, when we arrived, we had to sit through the usual safety video. Our guide put it really well. If you have been on a Segway before then the video will seem like a comedy. If you have not been on a Segway before then it would scare the hell out of you. The tour lasted about an hour and a half. It was mainly around the Seattle Center and South Lake Union. It completely missed out Downtown, Pioneer Square and the Waterfront area, ... read more
The Museum of Pop Culture.

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle August 19th 2018

US immigration is never something to look forward to, but with a bit of patience and a love of queuing you can usually get through it. The patience this time was required a lot earlier than usual, whilst we were still at home. During the online check-in, there were no problems for me, for our son and for our daughter, but the website refused to check-in my wife. Once we got to the airport, the check-in machines were not co-operating either. Check-in never used to be the highlight of a flight, but we found ourselves pining for the days when there was a human being doing the check-in for you. All we were getting now was an obstinate “computer says no”. There was a person there to help, but he had a crowd of people swarming ... read more
Cheesecake Factory

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle August 10th 2018

We thrive on a life of adventure and exploring new places. Our nursing profession allows us embrace our desire to move about the country and find jobs, which in turn supports this glorious habit. In 2000, we were living happily in Tampa, Florida when some undercurrents at work gave us the impression there might be some downsizing in the near future. As it turned out, that didn’t happen, but we always try to plan and were already looking around to see what was out there. After an application, two telephone interviews and a flight out for an in-person interview, we found ourselves moving across country to Seattle, Washington. We called the Seattle area our home from October 2000 until July 2007. For those of you who know us, this is by far the longest we’ve lived ... read more
Tulips a plenty
Market Magic
Great Views of Seattle

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle July 8th 2018

7/26 We woke to sunshine, albeit chillier than what we are used to. The 1906 11th Avenue Bed and Breakfast provided a hearty breakfast that we enjoyed amidst fellow travelers. My friend Bob had arrived as promised to give us a tour of Seattle. We fastened our seatbelts and were off for a whirlwind tour of Seattle! I don’t think there was a highlight or historical detail that was missed. We began with a quick tour of the lovely little Chapel of St Ignatius at Seattle University. This tiny church, striking as it was reflected in a long pool, was designed by Architect Steven Holl who designed the chapel using vessels of light to define physical and spiritual spaces. Pools of light separated the dark spaces within, asking the visitor to experience light as it passes ... read more
Women Hold Up Half The Sky exhibit
Middle Fork, tree sculpture by John Grade
Seattle Center for Wooden Boats

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle July 8th 2018

7/27 This Seattle morning began with a hearty pancake breakfast at the 11th Avenue B&B. We checked out leaving our bags with the ever helpful and pleasant Melanie to get later, found the number 8 bus 2 blocks away (we found the Capitol Hill Link light rail subway station confusing) to Seattle Center and went to the Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum located under the Space Needle. It was very special and larger than the Chihuly exhibits we have seen in other locations, but of course this was in his hometown. We enjoyed several 4 minute movies describing his process and a bit of Chihuly history. I was most impressed with the Northwest Room where Chihuly displayed his Baskets, Cylinder, and Soft Cylinders series. Here he experimented with glass-thread drawings on glass vessels, inspired by Navajo ... read more
Basket, Cylinder and Soft Cylinder series
Views of Victoria, Canada from Hurricane Ridge
Distant glaciers seen from atop Hurricane Ridge

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