Saturday, August 18, 2012

Trip to Seattle

Last week my Sweetie and I took a much needed short get-away-from-the-Midwest-heat trip to Seattle.  That seemed like a cool enough location to give us a reprieve from this oppressive oven, and a real change of scenery, too.  So we packed our suitcases and took off.  But guess who didn't want to be left behind? (Callie!)

Neither of us had had more than a quick trip through Seattle before, and we both wanted to go back and get more familiar with the city.   We couldn't miss the view of the majestic Mt. Ranier from the airplane.

 We stayed at the Grand Hyatt, just six blocks from the oceanfront in the middle of the downtown shopping district.  We loved our corner suite on the 26th floor.  What a view we had of towering skyscrapers in one direction and the ocean the other way.  Everything about the hotel was wonderful, including the Ruth's Chris Steakhouse off the lobby.

We went to the Columbia Center Sky View to get a good 360 degree overview of the city from the 73rd floor.

Of course we took a ride on the monorail and visited the Space Needle later.

We loved being able to walk everywhere downtown. And loved this license plate on a new "Smart Car".  (Sad but true!)

This made me want to paint our tree trunks at home.

Although we had perfect (wonderfully cool!) weather, what better city to own an umbrella shop?

I couldn't resist a photo of this darling boy.

And I really loved the decor in all the huge windows at this "All Saints Spitalfields" clothing store.  I have never seen so many gorgous antique sewing machines in one place! There must have been a dozen windows like this, with lots of antique clothing factory machinery inside the high loft-style interior.

Eating our way through Seattle was the best part--especially the Pirosky's at the Russian bakery!

I've saved the most colorful, exciting pics for my next post--Pike Place Market!

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