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Whether at a work conference or on vacation, I always have my “good” camera with me. After finishing up a historical walking tour in Seattle, I hadn’t planned on taking any more pictures. So I began to walk back to my downtown hotel. As I was heading up 1st Avenue I could see the sky looked pretty, but most of it was hidden behind tall buildings. It wasn’t until I got up… Read More

No trip to Seattle is complete with a walk-through of Pike Place Market. Every time I’ve been to Seattle, I do it. Generally, it’s during the height of tourist season. Back in June 2016, we felt like sardines shuffling through the throngs of people. But in January on a Sunday morning? I felt like I had the place to myself. Each morning before I began my work conference in Seattle, I would… Read More

So my work conference in Seattle was good, but now I found myself “stranded.” Owing to a once-in-a-generation extreme cold back in the Midwest, my flight back home to Milwaukee was canceled. Then it was canceled for the next two days. So I ended up extended my trip by three days in Seattle. What to do? I had been to the Space Needle before, the Museum of Pop Culture, and the Pike… Read More

In late January I was visiting Seattle for a work conference. This wasn’t my first time. I had been out a couple years prior to our Alaskan cruise. I had also been to visit family–and another time for a work. I had done the usual things like the Space Needle. It was time to do something different. With sunset approaching, I walked from the my downtown hotel over to Columbia Center, the… Read More

After spending three beautiful days in the Seattle area, it was time to board our cruise ship for Alaska. My mom and her boyfriend were joining us for the cruise. For each of us, it was our first time on a cruise and first time to Alaska! We ended up choosing Princess Cruises because of their extensive options and excursions for Alaskan cruising. An itinerary that included Glacier Bay National Park was… Read More

Our last morning in Seattle. Later in the day we board the cruise ship to Alaska! After having a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, we decided to walk to Kerry Park–known for its panoramic views of the Seattle skyline. From our hotel at 5th & Roy in Seattle, it was about 20 minute walk (0.8 miles) to Kerry Park. One thing I didn’t realize about Seattle were the hills! Our legs have… Read More

Why did I visit a library on my vacation? Well, I am a librarian, of course! If I see a library, I like to pop in and check it out. The Seattle Public Library Central Library is an architectural wonder. Soaring high, lots of glass, shiny escalators, natural light. Are there books? Yes! But for me, a library is all about people. Lots of library patrons were on the computers researching, getting… Read More

Where’s all that Seattle rain? Weather has been all blue skies and sunshine…No complaints here! We continued to use our Seattle CityPass. Up next was the harbor tour from Argosy Cruises. We made our way from Pike Place Market down a series of stairs to the waterfront and then a short walk to Pier 55. The harbor tour lasts one hour and is narrated. It offers beautiful views of the Seattle skyline,… Read More

After our daytime admission to the Space Needle, we decided to walk over to Pike Place Market. It was a beautiful morning and the walk from the Space Needle is about one mile and takes just over 20 minutes. Walked past the first Starbucks and then popped in to a bakery for mid-morning snack. Then we walked past the various stalls selling seafood, fruits and vegetables, and flowers. And yes, we stayed… Read More

With our Seattle CityPass we were entitled to both a day and night admission to the venerable Space Needle. Since we started sightseeing in the late afternoon, we decided to go up to the top of the Space Needle at night, first. It was beautiful…great views of all of the twinkly lights of the city. Another bonus: it wasn’t that crowded when we went. Then the next morning, we returned for our… Read More