Category Archives: Travel

Wisconsin

In December, we had the shortest trip I’ve ever taken to Wisconsin. I was able to see a good amount of Brian’s family and spent some time with mine, but seriously short (basically less than two days per family).

The flight out started with us seeing Pedro the Lion at Mississippi Studios. Great show! But we definitely were out a bit late for a 4 a.m. flight to Chicago.

Pedro the Lion!

Switching between families, we managed to swing by Madison just long enough to check on our duplex and get bloody marys and walnut burgers at the Harmony. Seriously last second so we didn’t have time to give anyone a heads-up. But I got a walnut burger with fried onions, sooooo good as always.

The Harmony has the best walnut burgers.

Also seriously last second, my sister scored four tickets to Hamilton in Chicago. It meant that we drove to Chicago, back to Wisconsin, back to Chicago the next morning, but needless to say, so worth it. I was skeptical that I’d be amazed by Hamilton because of how much everyone has been raving about it. It was as good as everyone told me. My only complaint is that I can’t go see it again due to how hard it is to get tickets.

Hamilton in Chicago

Jim Henson

Jim Henson has been a hero of mine for a long time. I admire him for his creativity, kindness, and honesty. Brian noticed that Museum of the Moving Image in New York has a big exhibit right now and we are definitely going to go. But when I researched it, I discovered that MoPop (which used to be EMP) in Seattle had a small exhibit from Museum of the Moving Image. So we hit up our friend Tim to crash at his Ballard apartment, grabbed our Orca cards and headed up. It is nice to have Seattle only 3 hours away.

Seeing the exhibit meant that I got to stand next to some old friends. Really loved this, especially seeing his sketchbooks and the recreation of the night club concept. They also had the ball outfits that were worn in Labyrinth!


Back to Amsterdam

   First…

Our view at the hotel

 
You would not believe the stairs up to the lobby at Hotel Clemens.  Thankfully we are only one more flight past this one.  Dinner was at The Pantry.  I had Oven dish with cauliflower, mashed potatoes and ground beef.   Brian had hotstamp with sausage.

  
  

Cafe ‘t Smalle:   

Cafe Gollem:

 

  

A weekend with Shelley

My cousin Shelley came for a visit. She is a chef, so there were one million places I wanted her to try in Portland, but predictably only made it to a few.  

We did have a lovely lunch in our garden:  

Lunch in the garden

Lunch in the garden

And followed that up by driving to wine country in Dundee for a few tastings. We stopped at Argyle (Shelley wanted to try their sparkling wine), Winderlea and Torii Mor. Brian and I joined the wine club at Winderlea which will encourage us to go more frequently.

Brian and Shelley on the patio at Winderlea

Brian and Shelley on the patio at Winderlea

Mt Jefferson in the background looks quite large from here in real life but my old phone doesn't really capture it

Mt Jefferson in the background looks quite large from here in real life but my old phone doesn’t really capture it

Another show in Seattle

We took the train back to Seattle last weekend as Tim had got tickets to Sleater-Kinney for all of us! Really fantastic, and the part of Ballard he lives in has soo much to do (regretfully didn’t take enough pictures this trip).

Union Station on a fantastic summer day

Union Station on a fantastic summer day


Had some time before getting on the train so sat outside of Wilf's with an Oregonian wine

Had some time before getting on the train so sat outside of Wilf’s with an Oregonian wine


I have wanted to eat at the Walrus & the Carpenter forever.  It lives up to its reputation and then some, yum!

I have wanted to eat at the Walrus & the Carpenter forever. It lives up to its reputation and then some, yum!


Walking to dinner near Pike Market

Walking to dinner near Pike Market


The Showbox

The Showbox


Our table before we moved forward to dance

Our table before we moved forward to dance


Sleater-Kinney!

Sleater-Kinney!

2014’s Amsterdam pictures

Moving a misplaced page into a post for posterity. You’ve probably seen these already so sorry about posting them again. I will likely do the same for the others I wanted out here.

I recommend clicking on a thumbnail to enlargen the photos and click the large image to see the next one – not only do you get larger images, you will see any captions I put out there.

Belated Seattle post

Did I tell you we took the train to Seattle to see Stevie Wonder in early December? It was a really fun trip. Brian used Fetch to buy the show tickets, the train tickets and to reserve the room at Ace Hotel so it counted as a mid-week working vacation. It was fun to show up at the Ace and have the front desk say, oh, your assistant reserved your room for you.

Entry to Ace Hotel

Entry to Ace Hotel

Our room, taking a quick break before dinner.  Brian is likely working in this picture.

Our room, taking a quick break before dinner. Brian is likely working in this picture.

View from the bed

View from the bed

Nice view of the Sound from our room, we were super close to everything

Nice view of the Sound from our room, we were super close to everything

I wish I could remember where we got dinner – nice pizza, nice guys there, and we had a Missouri beer we liked (it surprised us, but not our waiter who was from there). Ah wait, I found it – I use yelp like some people use bookmarks. We walked from the Ace to Rocco’s for dinner and then walked to Key Arena to see Stevie Wonder. Not very many good pictures from the show, but holy cow – he played for four hours.

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Space Needle at night

Space Needle at night

We walked back to the hotel around 1? And sat at the bar for a drink before bed, but managed to get up to meet Tim for breakfast at a little bakery nearby which he liked (it was pretty good! I was super tired!). He headed off for work, and we wandered around. We considered getting more piroshkies at Piroshky Bakery which is where we ate lunch the day before (have you eaten here? If you are in Seattle often and don’t, what’s wrong with you? Do it. So nice to grab some and walk through the city) but twice in two days felt excessive. It was a nice rainy day so we mostly just wandered until our train ride home.

Mmmm flat white on the way home

Mmmm flat white on the way home

Knitting and reading on the train

Knitting and reading on the train