Archive for the ‘Seattle’ Category

Chihuly Garden and Glass

November 20, 2013

I thought Mum was a bit crazy wanting to take us kids to a place that’s full of glass!  But the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibition was awesome.

Chihuly 1

Chihuly 2

Chihuly 3

Chihuly 4

Chihuly 5

Chihuly 6

Chihuly Rafa

Chihuly 7

Chihuly 8

Chihuly 9

Chihuly 10

Chihuly Family

The Space Needle

November 19, 2013
We started the day trying to get a beanie shot (all beanies hand made by Bree) but us kids weren't in the mood and nobody tipped Papi off about the shot's theme.

We started the day trying to get a beanie shot (all beanies hand made by Bree) but us kids weren’t in the mood to pose for the camera, and besides, nobody told Papi that this was supposed to be the beanie shot.

We were sure grateful to have our beanies on though.  No wonder the trees were all blue - it was freeeeeeeezing cold.

We were sure grateful for those beanies though. No wonder the trees were all blue – it was freeeeeeeezing cold.

The monorail was a much warmer place to be.  And so much fun!

We could have walked to the Space Needle.  But the monorail was much warmer, and a lot more fun.

First we played around in the parks under the space needle.  Papi played with the panoramic photo function on his phone.

We played around in the parks under the space needle whilst Papi played with the panoramic photo function on his phone.

We particularly liked the scary sounds the Sonic Blooms made.

We particularly liked the scary sounds the Sonic Blooms made.  We ran around them whilst the Mums bought all the tickets.

Then it was time to head up to the top of the needle.

Then it was time to head up to the top of the needle.

The view was great, but we ran around as fast as we could because it was even colder way up there!

The view was great, but we ran around as fast as we could because it was even colder way up there!

Getting the group shot inside was much warmer.

Getting the group shot inside was more successful.

By Rafa.

Meeting friends in Seattle

November 17, 2013
This weekend we went up to Seattle to met up with blog pals from Brisbane.  (We stayed right  by the markets!)

This weekend we went up to Seattle to met up with blog pals from Brisbane. (We stayed right by the markets, this was our view!)

Actually, although we've been friends through our blogs for sometime, this was the first time we'd met.  We hit it off immediately.

Although we’ve been friends through our blogs for sometime, this was the first time we’d met in person. Guy and I hit it off immediately (and so did all the others).

First stop was the markets, of course.

First stop was the markets, of course.

Then we walked down to the waterfront.

Then we walked down to the waterfront.

Through an alley with gum all over the walls.  Apparently this is a tourist attraction!

Through an alley with gum all over the walls. Apparently this is a tourist attraction!

At Fisherman's Wharf we rode the carousel.

At Fisherman’s Wharf we rode the carousel.

Spied on the giant seagulls.

Spied on the giant seagulls.

And had a run around.

And had a run around.

The Olympic Sculpture Park was a great spot for lunch and we found toys inside to play with.

The Olympic Sculpture Park was a great spot for lunch and we found toys inside to play with.

But once Amelie and Raffy teamed up to getting into mischief we headed back to our hotel.

But once Amelie and Raffy teamed up to getting into mischief we headed back to our hotel.

By Ana and friends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Breakfast in Seattle

July 10, 2012

We were awake early (thanks to me) and decided to go for breakfast at Pike Place Market.

Pike Place Market is close to where we were staying and it was a pleasant morning for a stroll.

After breakfast we had a look around the market stalls.

We bought blueberries, figs and bananas from this stall.

We didn’t buy anything from this stall. It all looked a bit fishy.

On the way back to our motel we saw the strangest thing.

Blue trees?!

By 10am our teeth were brushed, the car was packed, we said farewell to Grandpa John (who is now off to Europe) and we were heading North to…

By Ana.

Around Mt Rainier

July 9, 2012

 

 

Once Rafa was up I read him a few stories whilst the car was being packed up.

Then we were off to explore.  We drove up to Mt Rainier National Park enjoying checking out the B&Bs and log cabins nestled in the forest setting and then went back on ourselves through Ashford and on to Elbe.  Just before Elbe we stopped at Dan Klennert’s sculpture park which is a different kind of wildlife park from yesterday.  All his animals are made from metal and wood.

The spider looked very mean!

Then into Elbe for lunch.

We ate on a train! Except this one couldn’t move.  No choo choo only chew chew (blame Grandpa John for that one).

We were given our own cabin and I sat at my own little table. I liked this restaurant!

A closed road meant a detour through Eatonville.  We were rewarded with this view:

Mt Rainier itself.

And then off to our next destination.

Seattle!  It’s hard to believe this place has a reputation for constant rain.

We arrived in plenty of time to still have a stroll along the waterfront and grilled salmon and veges for dinner on the pier before bed time.

By Ana.

 

Seattle waterfront

September 6, 2011

Walking along the Seattle waterfront is an adventure in itself but if you aren't in the mood for adventure you can pull up a deck chair and enjoy the ocean views. Big container boats and cruise ships, mega million dollar yachts and ferries, sea planes and seagulls.

The Olympic Sculpture Park on the waterfront is a perfect spot for picnic lunch. I liked the metal tree. It didn't provide much shade though.

There are lots of good shops which kept us busy all afternoon. The shop keepers are really friendly in Seattle.

We finished out Seattle trip by having dinner down by the water with the seagulls.

They serenaded us through dinner. We shared some of our food with them. I'm guessing from the size of them they share a lot of dinners!

Pike Place Market

September 5, 2011

The famous Pike Place Markets in Seattle had something for all of us. Papi chose a cafe with coffee and croissants.

Mum dragged us passed every single fruit stall.

I made sure we stopped to stroke the cats and make a donation.

and have a dance, of course.

And we ALL agreed that the view was spectacular!

A must see in Seattle: Pike Place Market.

Science in Seattle

September 4, 2011

Today I discovered science is all about pressing buttons.

spinning wheels.

and splashing water around.

We also met lots of little creatures like these butterflies that lived in a nice warm house and we met lots of insects, rodents and snakes too!

Then we met some very big creatures with very big claws and very big teeth.

and very, very big feet. This is me in a real life dinosaur footprint!

We were at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle.

Here we are in…

September 3, 2011

...Seattle! Home of Starbucks, Bill Gates, Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain and Boeing.

We explored the city by duck back (a WWII landing craft). One minute we were zipping along the streets of Seattle taking in the sights, and then a moment later...

... Captain Clem Chowder was driving us straight into Lake Union!

Seattle from the water was just as beautiful and interesting. The floating house that's the furthest to the left is the house from the movie 'Sleepless in Seattle'.

We had a quacking time travelling by duck. We danced and quacked to groovy tunes the whole way as we learnt all about Seattle. I even got to take my quacker beak home!

Ride the Ducks is a highly recommended tour of Seattle.  Click here for more info.