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  • Day27

    Most exciting news on this trip

    May 20 in the United States

    Welcome Juliette Rose Clark
    Born 20/5/18 at 1746
    3.2kg 50cm long

    Over the moon for Jess and Jono and Jordan. It’s a happy time as they build their new family.

    I needed a good Seattle coffee to absorb the news. To realise it’s grandchild number four for us... WOW!

    I think we will remember her as our ‘Seattle bubba’!! What a wonderful gift to the world!!

  • Day28

    Seattle… what have you given us?

    May 21 in the United States

    This morning I walked past a Big Fish. Not a salmon or a tuna or even a sturgeon [a large water creature found in waterways near Vancouver]. No, it was a company which delivers games like Gummy Drop.

    It then got me thinking. What else has Seattle and the Pacific North West given the world? A quick search revealed familiar things like…
    Boeing [707 - 1954; 747 - 1969; 787/Dreamliner - 2011] / Starbucks [1971] / Microsoft [1975] / Amazon [1994] / Big Fish [2002]

    More intensive research uncovered…
    Carnation Evaporated milk [1899] / Defibrillator [1962] / Bone marrow transplant [1963] / Compact Disc CD [patented 1965] / Ultrasound [1967] / Pictionary [1985] / Kindle [2007]

    Bet you didn’t realise some of these. So it begs the question, why all this creative energy? This entrepreneurial acumen? This courage and genius?

    I can’t give you the answer. But I wonder…
    Does cooler weather keep the brain more active?
    Do long wet periods keep people inside and being social?
    Does it force them outside and doing more anyhow?
    Has distance from the east coast financial and political powers made a difference?
    Are these people not afraid to play? To think outside the box? To search for answers to problems?

    Let me take another sip of my Starbucks coffee… and ponder a while!
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  • Day1

    Seattle, USA

    June 16, 2017 in the United States

    Hier nous sommes montés sur une tour appelée l'aiguille  de l'espace (the Space Needle). Comme nous avions pris un city tour nous avons eu des pass : du coup on a doublé tout le monde. En haut nous pouvions voir toute la ville. À l'étage du dessous il y avait un restaurant tournant mais nous n'y sommes pas allés car il paraît que ça coûte hyper cher. En haut à l'intérieur de la tour il y avait un écran géant où il y avait une carte avec le nombre de visiteurs des pays qui augmentait. Et en bas, il y avait un endroit où on prenait des photos et après on pouvait mettre un fond différent.

    À Seattle, nous avons logé chez un ami de ma mère (ils étaient médecins ensemble  en Angola, il y a presque 20 ans) et on a fait une course avec  deux vélos à quatre pédaliers (où nous étions 6 par vélo) sur la plage. On a presque gagné.

    Olivier
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  • Day12

    Chihuly Garden and Glass, Seattle, USA

    June 27, 2017 in the United States

    Nous sommes allés voir un musée où toutes les œuvres étaient faites en verre. C'était IMPRESSIONNANT. Imaginez des salles remplies de verres de toutes les formes et de toutes les couleurs possibles et inimaginables qui s'emmelent dans tous les sens. Toutes ces œuvres ont été fabriquées par la même personne, monsieur Chuhuy. 

    Amélie

  • Day12

    Pacific Science Center, Seattle, USA

    June 27, 2017 in the United States

    Ce matin nous sommes allés voir une exposition sur la Chine à Seattle !!!

    Cette exposition était une exposition de guerriers en terre cuite du tombeau du premier empereur chinois, découvert par hasard par un paysan en 1974 et qui ont plus de 2000 ans.

    Nous avons eu la chance de voir cinq ou six guerriers parmis les huit mille statues du tombeau.

    Olivier

  • Day30

    Aboard the Coast Starlight

    July 28, 2017 in the United States

    Our final Amtrak together and we opted to actually sit together this time. I say opted, the train was quite busy and we couldn't get two window seats! However it did make life a bit more comfortable trying to sleep. My previous sleeping companion on board the Lakeshore Ltd to Chicago was a small child who curled up into various positions throughout the night often kicking me in the process or trying to encroach onto my seat. Whenever I had to 'move' him he'd wake up and give me the biggest scowl ask where his toy was and then go back to sleep. Actually, I guess the experience wasn't far off sitting next to Kate!

    For some bizarre reason I stayed up until about 3 in the morning sifting photographs on my ipad. Needless to say I suffered for it the next morning and found myself retreating to double seats to curl up in Kate's sleeping bag and take a nap.

    As with the California Zephyr we spent the majority of the day in the Observation Car enjoying the views. I opted to splash out and pay to have french toast in the dining car - still the best I've had since I've been here! I sat with 3 strangers from all over the country but the most interesting was a homocide detective from California. He personally dealt with over 20 cases a year and spent his spare time cycling long distances to clear his head which seemed reasonable. He may of course been completely pulling my leg but still it makes for a good story.

    We were in the very last carriage on the train which made for some fun photographs out the back window. Despite the name, we ran alongside very little coast. I believe it does larger coastal stretches between LA and San Francisco. In fact we saw the tracks when on the road. That being said we did a specatular stretch along the Puget Sound at sunset which more than made up for it.

    After nearly 24 hours on the train took our very first Uber to our wonderful Air BnB in Green Lake. More on that tomorrow.
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  • Day6

    Space Needle Visit

    April 24 in the United States

    Tuesday morning we went up to Seattle to visit the Space Needle. Got caught in rush hour traffic but weren't delayed too badly. As we paid the entry fee the cashier guy said half the view was obstructed as they were doing work on the viewing platform. The lift took 41 seconds to reach the top. The lift operator gave a running commentary all the way up and when we came back down.
    It was a beautiful day. The views weren't too badly obscured. One of the workmen had a habit of crossing on front of me as I was trying to take panoramic picturesRead more

  • Day8

    Welcome to Seattle

    August 26, 2017 in the United States

    It was time to explore Seattle. I made some plans in the morning and then just went to the center by foot. First stop was the famous Pike Place Market which was totally crowded. Next to other stuff they sell fish here and throw it around. You can imagine the crowds of tourists which were there. I didn't really want to spend a lot of time at this place so I went to the Space Needle. On my way I came by the first ever Starbucks. Around and in this building there were even more tourists, so I left. I have purchased my Space Needle ticket in advance and could go up almost immediately. The view from the platform was absolutely amazing. I saw the skyline from Seattle of course and also Mount Rainier (the highest mountain in Washington: 4392m high). Afterwards I took the ferry to Bainbridge Island which is just opposite Seattle on the Puget Sound (the waters next to the city). During the ride there was a great view of the skyline. After 45 minutes I have arrived and returned immediately with the same ferry as I didn't want to lose too much time on this island which is not as interesting as Seattle ;-) Upon arrival I returned to the area around the Space Needle and then made the way up to Kerry Park to watch the sunset. As the weather was absolutely beautiful this day - there was only a blue sky - the sunset was wonderful. The lighting of the scenery was changing colors as it got darker. I enjoyed the view until I headed back to the Space Needle area again because there was a free show of "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story". I haven't had seen this movie yet and as I am a Star Wars fan this was a great opportunity to catch that up. After the movie I went back to my apartment by bus and slept, it was a long but great day.Read more

  • Day11

    Seattle part 4

    June 24, 2017 in the United States

    Das MOP zu besuchen ist definitiv ein MUSS für alle Musikbegeisterten. Für die neue David Bowie Ausstellung waren wir 3 Tage zu früh dran, aber dennoch hatten wir unseren Spaß. Im Auditorium genossen wir den Mitschnitt der legendären Session des Founders Award Tribute zu Ehren von Jimmy Page ("Rock n Roll" by Jimmy himself, Paul Rodgers, William Duvall, John Hogg, Kim Thayil, Krist Novoselic, Duff McKagan, Rick Nielsen, Barrett Martin, Paul Allen). Und dann streiften wir durch all die kleinen Räume, bewunderten Gitarren und Songbooks von all den Seattle-Musikgrößen und hatten mega Spaß im Sound Lab. Dort gibt es alle Instrumente einer guten Rockband zum ausprobieren, inklusive coolen kleinen Lessons dazu (z.B. Powerchords spielen, Pedals treten usw). Die Mädels fanden alles großartig und zu recht "viel besser als Musikschule!" Unsere Fotos bräuchten deswegen eigentlich alle Sound, weil das MOP klingt, summt, wummert, rockt und schallt...also einmal Nirvana oder Hendrix dazu denken.
    Was gibt es noch zum MOP zu erzählen? Man kann es gut mit Kindern machen, man kann es vor allem bei über 30Grad am Mittag machen, denn dann ist das Ding fast leer!
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