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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

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

Small taste of Prague

I meant to get these up a while ago, but ran into technical difficulties with the way I wanted to put them out there. I’m just going to put them up, so no slideshow for now, sorry!

Here's the view from our room the first night at Unitas.

Here’s the view from our room the first night at Unitas.

More Unitas at night

More Unitas at night

Here we are (terrible picture of us I know) in Old Town by the clock.

Here we are (terrible picture of us I know) in Old Town by the clock.

The crowds at the clock when it is about  do its thing are intense.  Hand on your wallet for sure!

The crowds at the clock when it is about do its thing are intense. Hand on your wallet for sure!

Old Town Prague (I might be looking the wrong way in this photo)

Old Town Prague (I might be looking the wrong way in this photo)

Our Lady before Týn church is in Old Town too.  This is about a 5 minute walk from our hotel.  Tycho Brahe is buried here!!

Our Lady before Týn church is in Old Town too. This is about a 5 minute walk from our hotel. Tycho Brahe is buried here!!

Wenceslas Square - lots of shopping and people watching.

Wenceslas Square – lots of shopping and people watching.

Wenceslas Square

Wenceslas Square

Street view on Wenceslas Square.  Not where I'd want to stay, but the hotel looked cool.

Street view on Wenceslas Square. Not where I’d want to stay, but the hotel looked cool.

Brian on the Vltava

Brian on the Vltava

Gretchen on the Vltava

Gretchen on the Vltava

The Vltava

The Vltava

Vltava River

Vltava River

Horses at the National Theater.  Misha told us that this was the first time that the Czech people were able to build their own theater to perform in their language.  Beautiful building on the Vltava river, next time we will go see something here for sure.

Horses at the National Theater. Misha told us that this was the first time that the Czech people were able to build their own theater to perform in their language. Beautiful building on the Vltava river, next time we will go see something here for sure.

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Transit wires near the National Theater

Transit wires near the National Theater

Building on the castle grounds

Building on the castle grounds

Castle Grounds

Castle Grounds

Castle grounds - there used to be hunting here (cannot remember if there still is or not)

Castle grounds – there used to be hunting here (cannot remember if there still is or not)

Old Town at night

Old Town at night

Old Town at night - just a short walk from our rooms

Old Town at night – just a short walk from our rooms

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Changing of the guards at the castle.   It was super crowded and the crowds didn't move for the soldiers.  It was a bit funny how close they had to get to the people in the crowd, and one poor soldier watching it couldn't keep a straight face.  I think he got in a bit of trouble for that, which is too bad, it was really really funny (the crowd and then his reaction).

Changing of the guards at the castle. It was super crowded and the crowds didn’t move for the soldiers. It was a bit funny how close they had to get to the people in the crowd, and one poor soldier watching it couldn’t keep a straight face. I think he got in a bit of trouble for that, which is too bad, it was really really funny (the crowd and then his reaction).

Prague Castle

Prague Castle

Anyhow, more to come. I’d rather that it was a slideshow format but I need to get some time to research and test the plugins first. Really love Prague, and Misha helped us find so much.

Fantastic few weekends.

Still talking to one another.

Last weekend, Brian and I celebrated our anniversary at the Salishan. The Salishan is starting to become a tradition, I think. When we walked into our room, Brian had a dozen red roses and a bottle of our favorite wine of all time waiting for me. I changed into my new dress and we sat by the fire, drank the wine and talked. I finally was able to give him the Midleton whiskey I carried all over Europe. I think he was more impressed by all Gretchen and I had to go through to get it to him than by the whiskey itself (well, no, he tried it this week and I think he’s more impressed by the whiskey now).

We ate dinner at the Salishan steakhouse (what a beautiful view) and then went to the lounge to see a band – Beth Willis, who turns out to be from Portland. Funny, I’ve seen her there three times now and didn’t realize that. On our way back to the room, she complimented me on my dress! Fun. I was pretty tipsy then though. Something about following a good amount of wine with whiskey. Hm, who would have thought?

New dress

This weekend is Brian’s birthday, so we started it off by going to Sweet Hereafter with Laurie. Sweet Hereafter is the new place opened by one of the guys from Bye and Bye. We got there just in time to be able to sit for dinner, it was completely packed. Good!

Last night we went to Mississippi Studios to see Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter (seems to be a themed weekend). We had been playing 2 player Ms PacMan across the street and left so we wouldn’t miss the opening band – man, what a mistake. I am still trying to think of a band I thought was worse in all the years I’ve been going to shows, there has to be one, right? Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter were awesome though – I would go to any show they do (but skip the opening band after last night).

Tonight is Brian’s birthday proper so we will do some more celebrating.

Next weekend is the Portland Marathon and my cousin Nicole is running it. Looking forward to cheering her on!

March. Still cold. Still fun.

Some things I’ve done in the last two weeks:

Painted The Hall Of Doors orange and knit a rug for our downstairs bathroom.

Moose checks out the new rug in the bathroom.

Walked around a waterfall I hadn’t found before.

Brian at Latourell Falls, Oregon.

Latourell Falls, Oregon.

We followed the waterfall hike by eating at Full Sail. I really like their food. It’s hard to have us go there when Double Mountain is so close, but we were in the mood for burgers so we went to Full Sail. After dinner we did their beer tour which impressed me. I like them even more after that. Miller has tried to buy them numerous times and they keep saying no, they just want to make beer. The people who work for them seem really happy too.

Drank some beer at some of my favorite Portland places.

Tom Sr indicates his displeasure with his beer size (which as 18% ABV!!!)

Stayed out on a pier over the mouth of the Columbia River.

Tom Sr at the Goonies house.

We had Brian’s dad watch Goonies the night before we went to Astoria. We had a little extra time before we checked into our hotel, so we drove to the Goonies house so he could see it.

Broken pier next to our hotel.

I cannot recommend Cannery Pier Hotel enough. What a great place! The hotel was comfortable and well-appointed, the people were fantastic and the smoked salmon at the wine tasting was the best I’ve had this year. It was great! The hotel room is right out on the water, and they give you a list of all the ships going to Portland and overseas so you can use your room binoculars to check them out. And they have an antique car that will take you anywhere you want to go in Astoria. We took it to Rogue for dinner and drinks. Really fantastic.

Tom at the Maritime Museum in Astoria, Oregon.

While we were in Astoria, we checked out the Maritime museum. I liked that too – it was larger than I thought it was (I burnt out about halfway) and we got to wander on a lightship before they had to shut it down for the day due to a strangely high tide (9 feet!).

Unusual 9 foot tide in Cannon Beach, Oregon.

Drank wine at Torii Mor and picked up our wine from our wine club.

Did a whirlwind tour of Seattle when we dropped Brian’s dad off.

We showed him the waterfront (which he liked).

Tom Sr in Seattle.

We showed him Pike Market (which he didn’t really like. Too many people and hills).

Pike Market, Seattle, Washington.

We showed him the top of the Space Needle (which he liked).

Brian and his dad at the Space Needle.

Tom Sr and Brian in Seattle.

We had a quick happy hour at Ivar’s on the waterfront (we all loved that). We had some seafood and Brian and I had Manny’s beer which you can only get in Seattle and which we really enjoy. It rained all the way from Portland and all the way back, but it was clear, sunny and warm the entire time we wandered the city, just perfect.

Now we are trying to get back into the swing of things, which I am finding hard to do!