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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 December 28th 2014

Our morning started with a much needed sleep in. We packed our bags, checked out and headed for one last look at the lake. Knowing this was going to be our last day in Canada we bought some maple flavoured biscuits and fudge, which was supposed to last the trip home and got as far as 20 minutes into our bus trip. From there we headed back to wait for our bus. There was a wedding being set up for some people at our motel and it was a great day. At 12.15 we headed out to wait for our bus. This is when our day spiralled quickly out of control. Our bus was supposed to meet us at 12.15, however, someone at the Chateau decided to run 15 minutes late and expected everyone to wait ... read more

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle December 26th 2014

heres some pics of our day..found a good model shop...and had great authentic chinese food for cheap!... read more
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North America » United States » Washington » Seattle December 20th 2014

We got an early start to the day as its our last full day here in Seattle. Tomorrow we will be flying out to start a new adventure in Yellowstone National Park! Looking forward to going to YNP but kind of sad to be leaving Seattle. First up for the day we headed to Ballard to check out the Hiram M Chittenden Locks. What an amazing place this is. The Locks, built in 1911 and often nicknamed the Ballard Locks, provides a link for boats between the salt water of Puget Sound and the fresh water of the Ship Canal, which connects eastward to Lake Union and Lake Washington. Tourists and locals enjoy watching the parade of sailboats, motorboats, tugs, barges and yachts passing through, as the locks' water levels are adjusted to allow their safe ... read more
At the locks
Boat going through the open bridge
At the locks

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle December 19th 2014

Our inn keeper Linda provided us with some super ideas for a road trip outside the Seattle area. Off we headed - starting out by using the Washington state ferry to Bainbridge Island. The ferry is huge - cars are loaded onto the ferry and then passengers are welcome to sit upstairs in the lounge. The ferry has a restaurant and a bar onboard. The trip takes around 30 minutes and cost $20. Great views of Seattle are seen from onboard the ferry. Once we disembarked off the ferry we drove through numerous quaint small towns including Suquamish, Poulso, Port Gamble and Chimacum. We drove through Hood Canal and then over the Bridge - The Hood Canal Bridge is a floating bridge located in the U.S. state of Washington that carries Washington State Route 104 across ... read more
Incoming ferry
Looking back at Seattle from the ferry
Seattle is a great backdrop

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle December 18th 2014

Weather today was intermittent Showers and temperatures reaching a maximum of 8 degrees Celcius. Caught the bus downtown and attended another weight watchers meeting. Staff were real friendly - insisting we stay for the meeting and happy to show us around the venue. Its been fantastic having the opportunity meeting other WW staff and members. From there we walked along Pine Street looking at all the xmas stalls and decorations along the way. We stopped by the Pikes Place Market Place again - it's hard not to keep dropping by - the whole market place has a great vibe about it! The Pike Market Fish Place, founded in 1930, is an open air fish market located in Seattle, at the corner of Pike Street and Pike Place. It is known for their tradition of fishmongers throwing ... read more
Xmas tree Pine Avenue
Macy's Xmas display window
Christmas wreaths everywhere at the markets

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle December 17th 2014

Woke up feeling absolutely rested - the bed here at our B&B is so comfortable and we slept so well. After breakfast we met another couple who are staying at the B&B who are from Sweden. It's great meeting so many people and learning about their lives. The bus stop to downtown is only a few minutes walk from here and is a flat rate of $2.25 per ride. We got off just before Pikes Market Place to collect our rental vehicle from SIX T In downtown. We upgraded from an economy size car to an Audi - Total cost including insurance $183 for 5 days hire. Very nice vehicle but it took us some time to figure out how to even get it started! Geoff is fantastic at being able to drive over here so ... read more
Rachael the unofficial bronze mascot at the market place
Fish Markets
Gum Wall

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle December 15th 2014

With a 10 hour stop-over here in Sacromento we checked in our carry on luggage and took a walk downtown. What a surprise it was to learn this is the home of the polar express train! Tickets sell out months in advance. They go on sale in September and sell out in 15 minutes. So no ride on the polar express for us but it was still it lovely to see such xmas spirit happening in town. We watched the Macy's Xmas theatre light show in the street centre - really feels like xmas here - very different from home in Australia. The train left Sacromento at midnight By which time we were a bit over sitting in the lounge. The Coast Starlight left on time at 12.15am. We got into our sleeper , grabbed a ... read more
Sacromento at night
The xmas tree at old Sacromento
Me with Mrs Claus

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle » Pioneer Square October 28th 2014

I’m exactly year behind on this write-up, but I think most of the information is still relevant, so here it goes. My trip to Washington State was part recreation and part business. I should say - it was ALL recreation for me, and part business for my wife. We had a few days to travel where we pleased….. after that, she had to attend a conference in Seattle, WA. We arrived to the airport without a specific plan, but soon decided to check out Mt. St. Helens as our first destination. We rented a car and plugged in our GPS. The airport is close to suburban neighborhoods, so it was easy to find a grocery store where we loaded up on supplies and Fat Tire Beer (something I still have trouble finding in New England). It ... read more
Mt. St. Helens
Morton Skatepark
Mount Rainer

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle October 25th 2014

Here is an interesting timeline on Pike Place Market in Seattle: 1850s City of Seattle is founded on Puget Sound. 1907 With consumers howling over a spike in the price of farm goods, Seattle officials earmark Pike Place, a newly planked street near the waterfront, as a spot for farmers to bypass middlemen and sell to the public. 1907 Rushing to capitalize on public demand, developer Frank Goodwin constructs and opens a building next to Pike Place with 76 produce stalls. Over the next few years, the city adds facilities, and private developers put up several rival market buildings clustered around Pike Place. 1922 European and Asian immigrant farmers fill many of the stalls; in fact, most of the farm vendors are Japanese Americans. City Fish, the market's first fishmonger, opens shop. 1926 Some 627 farmers ... read more
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