Seattle Day & Night

My favourite place to view Seattle is from Kerry Park. With the sun slowly setting on a good summers day like this recent one, you can get a spectacular view across the city, the Space Needle, Elliot Bay and the mighty Mount Ranier off in the distance.

Georgia On My Mind – Road Trip Part I: Atlanta

I recently spent a few days enjoying a road trip around the state of Georgia. It was a spur of the moment journey that covered quite a bit of territory starting in the south of the state then up to Atlanta, across to Athens then south again. I experienced history, nature, bustling cities, huge storms and more! There is just so much to…

Washington DC – The Memorials

Along and near the National Mall in Washington DC are some of the nations most significant memorials and monuments. They stand in silent tribute to former leaders, significant people and the soldiers who lived and died for liberty and freedom.

Panda Bears and so much more at the San Diego Zoo!

BABY PANDA!!!! Now that I have you attention lets focus on what the massive San Diego Zoo has to offer (it spans 100 acres!). Yes Panda Bears for one – they have four, including a very cute baby male called Xiao Liwu who was born on July 29th, 2012. The adults are  Bai Yun, Gao Gao and Yun Zi. But these are just a…

The taste delight of a “Seattle Dog”

Searching for a hot dog before the big game or after a big night out? Seattle has just what you need, yep a “Seattle Dog“. What makes it so Seattley good? Cream cheese! The sausage is grilled and served on a toasted bun with cream cheese and your choice of condiments. Standard fare is always at least grilled…

Happy 50th Space Needle!

On April 21st, 1962 the Seattle World’s Fair and the Space Needle opened for the first time. So today marks the 50th anniversary and there are lots of celebrations going to be happening for the rest of the year as part of the “Next 50”. Back in 1962 the Space Needle was painted in a…

The Allure of Seattle for an Aussie Kid

Growing up in Australia there was always one city that stuck in my mind that I would like to visit someday, that city was Seattle. Originally it wasn’t high on my priority list as there were so many amazing places to visit, but it was always in the back of my mind. I first visited…

Smith Tower – Seattle’s Gothic Skyscraper

In Seattle the most iconic structure is the Space Needle, the tallest is the Columbia Center (76 floors) but for me the most interesting is the Smith Tower. An old school 42 floor skyscraper with a pyramid shaped gothic tower. Construction of the Smith Tower started in 1910 and it opened in 1914. The tower was built by Lyman Smith…

Kerry Park – Seattle’s View

Kerry Park is a small park located on West Highland Drive on Queen Anne Hill and is the place to go for photographers and sightseers alike. It provides probably the best view of the Space Needle and Seattle’s city skyline. On a clear day you can add Mount Ranier into the mix too. Different seasons, different times but always a…

The “Little Light People” Of Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market in Seattle is famous for many things: fresh produce, seafood (and the throwing of Salmon), food vendors and restaurants, cakes and pastries, arts and crafts and specialised shopping. Some famous sights at the market include “Rachel the Pig” which turned 25 in August, 2011 (basically a huge 250 kg /550 pound bronze piggy bank used to raise…

Snowmageddon hits Seattle!

January 18th, 2012 Snowmageddon!!! There has been extremely cold air coming down from the Canadian Arctic and apparently today Seattle got a years worth of snow in one day (it normally doesn’t snow much in Seattle)! It also snowed a few days ago (the first snow of the Winter), but nowhere near as much and most of it was…

Happy New Year 2012 at the Space Needle

January 1st, 2012 To ring in 2012, Seattle’s iconic Space Needle put on a spectacular 8 minute fireworks display that was started with a countdown like a NASA rocket take off and all timed to music (mostly space themed including music from Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Star Trek – The Next Generation, David Bowie’s “Space Oddity”…