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

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

  • Day26

    Pike Place Market

    May 19 in the United States

    Is it the brilliant flowers, the original Starbucks, the masses of people or the huge salmon being thrown around by buff young guys? Yes, it’s all of these things and much much more.

    Sheree is great at choosing well when planning and she chose a hotel between the market and Seattle’s famed Sky Needle. First we rose 40 floors to get a 360 view of Seattle. Sadly the clouds limited the views but this city reminds me somewhat of Sydney for its harbour, waters and treed suburbs.

    Then the market called. Immediately upon arrival we were absorbed by the colours, the smells, the sounds, the diversity of people. The energy in this place is magnetic.

    We paused in an urban garden overlooking the bay for a moment and were amazed at the community spirit here as well.

    There is rule in this place - all marketeers are to be the creators of their craft. Be it painting, sculpture, glass, leather or T-shirt, the originality holds the freshness and ownership well.

    With cruise ships now beginning to arrive and a reputation spanning decades Pike Place Market continues to draw the crowds with its mystique and magic.

    We got drawn in... and loved it!! You will too!
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  • 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 lakes near Vancouver]. No, it wasn’t any of these but a company which delivers games like Gummy Drop. You may have one on your phone or computer.

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

    More research revealed other things like…
    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? Why the lack of fear?

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

    It really begs the question… what am I/you doing creatively with my/your life? To influence others for future generations?

    Let me take another sip of my coffee… and think about this last question!
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  • Day36

    Salt Lake City - Seattle

    May 18 in the United States

    Goodby Salt Lake City 🏔 I really enjoyed my stay. It's such a beautiful City surrounded by snow covered mountains and lots of green area. I also had a great time working with my colleagues 😁 but now it's time to say hello to Seattle 😍

  • Day63

    Seattle

    July 24, 2017 in the United States

    Kurzer Stopp, bevor es morgen früh nach Hawaii geht. Seattle kam zu kurz, Vancouver und Umgebung wurden ganz von der Liste gestrichen, weil es in Portland so großartig war. Müssen wir eben nochmal her...Auch nicht schlimm;-)

  • Day7

    Pier 66, Seattle

    April 19 in the United States

    Monday April 16
    We caught a ride to the airport with John and Miriam, so we had a companion at the airport to while away the time. Miriam and I spent it checking out the expensive gift stores.

    Flights were all on time, with no major waiting anywhere. Arrived Seattle just about 8 pm. We caught the light rail into the city - it went quite smoothly. We weren't sure where we were when we exited the underground. Our trip planner directions were fairly clear, we thought, but as we found a few times, the city signs didn't match the instructions we had. So, we stopped on a street corner and called an Uber, which arrived in a timely manner and got us to the apartment safely. Because we were arriving fairly late, arrangements were for us to get the security fob from a lock box outside the building. All was in order.

    The Air b n b we stayed at was a studio apartment that was clean and comfortable. It was missing a few things - coffee beans were provided but no coffee grinder. There was a cable tv receiver, but no place to plug it in. No full-length mirror or blender. Whoever had done the housekeeping had either not washed the dishes properly or had not checked to make sure that the previous guest had washed the dishes. The apartment itself faced onto an alley, so no view to speak of, but there is a lovely roof deck with both outside and inside spaces. There was a good view of the sunset over buildings and the day we boarded the ship we had a close-up view. Pier 66 is directly in front of the apartment (with a city block in between)

    Went for dinner to the Belltown Pub on 1st Avenue. It was late, but we walked in just in time for Happy Hour. They have it twice a day - 4 to 6:30 and 10 to 1 am on weekdays. Decent prices for small plates and a buck off beer and ciders and well drinks.

    Tuesday April 17
    We got back on transit and took a city bus out to Renton to visit Fry's electronics and while there we (I) stopped in at Ross, Marshalls, and Target. Same bus back to the city and our apartment and then an Uber to Safeco Field for the baseball game. It was 'Bark at the Park' - happens twice a year where dog owners pay for a seat for their dog and bring them along. There were 200-400 dogs in the audience.

    Wednesday April 18
    We headed to Pike Place for breakfast and then wandered up to Westlake Center. I bought a pair of shoes, but that was the extent of our shopping.

    Thursday April 19
    Embarkation Day. We chose the earliest time available to show up at the pier. There were already hundreds of people there when we arrived. Disordered Chaos. The congestion started when trying to drop off our bags. We had to break through line to tag our bags, then get back in line and in the end we dropped our bags where we started. Throughout that mess there were porters randomly picking up bags - which is understandable when being done for a fee, but this seemed to be done for free and maybe a tip.

    Once the bags were dropped we walked another half block to the terminal building. This part worked fairly smoothly to get our check-in done and keys in our hands. Then we moved on to the holding area awaiting the time we could actually get on board. Having done it a few times, we knew that we couldn't just walk on, so we checked with other passengers. The ones we asked that had arrived at the room before us (they had physically arrived almost an hour later than us, but somehow they were processed more quickly) showed us that they were given a group number for boarding. One by one these numbers were being called. By the time we got there, there were no numbers left. That is when the chaos started. People were walking into the room and straight into the line. Others were going before their number was called. I heard a man ask for his number and was told to go back to the desk where we were checked in. In the end we were only in the room for an hour before we got onboard - we joined the 'group' of the people who told us about the group numbers, which was the last number. So, not altogether bad, but had there been some semblance of organization or information the cruiseline would have had happier customers.

    Once onboard….

    Room was ready when we got on so we dumped the bags we carried on and got a snack. 3 or 4 pieces of luggage arrived fairly quickly but the last piece was delivered just as we were getting into bed. We had a couple bottles of wine and a little leftover vodka from Seattle and we packed it, figuring it would be taken away from us on boarding to be returned when we land in Miami. However, there it was in our bags.

    James, our room steward made himself known the next day. Seems to be a friendly chap and good at his job. He delivered chocolates one night for us - a nice little present from him.
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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

You might also know this place by the following names:

King County, مقاطعة كينغ, Кинг, কিং কাউন্টি, Okres King, Kantono King, Condado de King, Kingi maakond, King konderria, شهرستان کینگ، واشینگتن, Comté de King, מחוז קינג, King megye, Contea di King, キング郡, 킹 군, King Kūn, Hrabstwo King, کنگ کاؤنٹی، واشنگٹن, Comitatul King, Округ Кинг, Кінґ, Quận King, Condado han King, 金县

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