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North America » United States » Washington » Seattle October 24th 2014

You are wondering why we visit Seattle so often. You may also wonder why we are not moving here. We considered it several times in the past. We also thought of renting here temporarily until our new home in Clovis is done. But poor Buddy is getting too old for long distance car travel. So, in the interim, we will just visit, as often as we can. What makes Seattle so appealing? There is so much to do! Here is another list, from Thrillist, with a few comments of my own, as usual. 1. Being Outside-Seattle has only 80 days with rain or overcast. But as I have said before, locals do not carry umbrellas. 2. Being Casual-Jeans are welcome everywhere, but skinny jeans are required in some places! 3. Ferries-Not the two-legged type, but the ... 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 September 25th 2014

Phoenix to Seattle The flight to Seattle was quiet and uneventful as it should be. Amazingly, the mountains were “out” for us… we flew by Mt. St. Helens with the sun shining it was awesome. Then into Seattle with another spectacular view… Mt. Rainier. As I always have an aisle seat, my very nice seatmates leaned back so I could have a view of these beautiful mountains. On into Seattle where we grabbed the bus to the rental car and picked up a snazzy red job. Hey, we’re on vacation ;-) A quick overnight at the Fairfield Inn by SeaTac and we were off to breakfast with our step-daughter and her friend Danny at the Portage Café in Downtown, Washington. After spending 10 minutes trying to figure out where to put the parking sticker on our ... read more

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle September 12th 2014

If you're looking for budget travel in the United States, Seattle, Washington is a good choice. After our most recent vacation, we were really surprised at how little we spent. Our biggest expenses were the flight and hotel. However, we did get a discount on our flight using Delta SkyMiles. I also cashed in my Discover Cash Rewards for Best Western gift cards, in order to get the room a bit cheaper in the long run. On our first day in Seattle, we went to Mount Rainier. For merely the cost of park entrance, we were able to see the giant Douglas Firs in the Grove of the Patriarchs, see Myrtle Falls, and of course the great volcano itself. It was actually free for us, because we had already invested in a National Park Pass that ... read more

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle September 1st 2014

The day started out with a GREAT breakfast at our Comfort Inn & Suites in Spokane. They had a large selection of hot and cold items including made to order omelettes and four staff running around keeping everything full and the place clean. In Canada, we're lucky if one employee glances into the room once. Don't know how they do it here other than perhaps paying the staff a lot less. It was a warm and sunny day so the roof was down all the way to Seattle. I have never driven this route before so was really surprised at the changing terrain, from evergreen forests to semi-desert to farming. We stopped at a great viewpoint with paved trails all around the cliff-side on the Columbia River, just before crossing the bridge. Then it was over ... read more
Columbia River
Pike Place Market seafood
Columbia River viewpoint

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle » U-District August 17th 2014

This is around the time that saying goodbye to people began to get real for me. I had been mentally preparing for living in Milan, as well as a more intense research life, for quite a while. It had not yet hit me that being in Milan meant not being with my friends, and family. It sounds silly now that I think about it, but I pushed the sadness of saying goodbye to people behind my excitement for such an exhilarating opportunity, and thus didn't experience the sadness until it became a reality. I spent my last full week in Seattle week half-assedly packing, but mostly spending time with friends and my mom (also a friend, but deserves her own recognition). That weekend, the 22nd-24th of August, I somehow convinced several friends to come camping on ... read more
The best friends anyone could ask for
Kaili and I on the boat
The group at my moms (minus the goldens)

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle August 2nd 2014

Thursday morning saw the Thomas family setting off for a family road trip, flying into Seattle and out of San Francisco. We got off to a great start when we were upgraded to business class, making for a much more luxurious journey and giving us all the chance to get a couple of hours sleep on the plane. A ninety minute wait to clear immigration was less amusing, but at least the officials were cheerful and smiling which made a pleasant change from most arrivals into the USA. The guy at the hire car desk recommended we upgrade to a larger SUV, which turned out to be good advice as even that only just had room for our 3 suitcases plus hand luggage. With a combination of expert map reading by James and Sara and the ... read more
The young executive keeps abreast of world news
View of Mt Rainier from our bedroom window
The Blue Angels

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle August 2nd 2014

We have a red eye flight back tonight so we still had some time today. The Museum of History and Industry was just around the block from our hotel and today Microsoft was hosting an event there which had the museum open free to the public. Paul Allen and Bill Gates of Microsoft fame made this museum a reality. All types of history items about Seattle and a quirky exhibit on Chocolate (Mary Ann's personal favorite) on 2 filled floors with a lot of interactive exhibits. Walked along the waterfront and decided to ride the Great Wheel during the day to watch the activity on the bay. Navy vessels, pleasure boats, sailboats, kayaks, ferries, container ships, and Coast Guard vessels were all out on the water and again we watched the Blue Angels fly overhead. Fairwell ... read more
Museum of History and Industry
Museum of History and Industry
Museum of History and Industry

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle August 1st 2014

The boys kicked off the day with their first attempt at paddle boarding on Lake Union just across from our hotel. Sean caught on first and then Drew got his legs under him. Dean gave it a try but you really need to have limber knees to manuever on one of these things. Great weather and conditions on the lake. They each enjoyed their maiden voyage. We've seen a lot of Seattle over the last 2 weeks but we decided that taking a Duck Tour that would also go out on Lake Union would be fun. So we did and we had a great tour guide and we had a lot of fun. Boys capped off our last night in Seattle with a swim at the pool. And we witnessed a beautiful sunset over Lake Union ... read more
Lake Union
Lake Union
Lake Union




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