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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

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.

Las Vegas, baby.

I had to travel to Las Vegas for business and I had a blast. I should warn you up front that this post is going to be crazy image-heavy, and a few of them a pretty blurry but make me happy so I’m posting them anyway. Looks like WordPress is unhappy about the size of some fo the photos, so I am going to post this and add to it later when I have more time.

Mt Hood from above

Mt Hood from above

Mt Hood from above

Mt Hood from above

I took off as always from PDX and had a clear lovely day and a window seat to admire all of my favorite mountains.

Palazzo room

Palazzo room

My company put us up in the Palazzo, which I really really liked. Brian flew in and stayed the weekend so we could wander.

Lobby of the Palazzo

Lobby of the Palazzo

The Palazzo is apparently the second largest building in terms of floor space in the Northern hemisphere. Explains why I was lost the first night.

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St Mark's Square

St Mark’s Square

Had dinner at St Mark’s Square with people I like, it was a good night! I had some super good squash blossoms, which my cohorts hadn’t done before.

I have a feeling I am being watched

I have a feeling I am being watched

The “big” dinner for work was a lot of fun, it’s always good to get to talk to people about something other than work. They had these stilt walker multi-face glowy women wandering around. At one point I had two of them, one face on each of my shoulder, and I couldn’t figure out why people were backing up from me.

Public House bathroom

Public House bathroom

Stretch hummer with friends

Stretch hummer with friends


We went with some friends in a stretch Hummer to see the sights on Friday night. It involved a surprising amount of drinking, and we closed down a bar at 4? 4:30? a.m.
Inside a stretch hummer

Inside a stretch hummer

Brian and I at the Bellagio

Brian and I at the Bellagio

Fountains at the Bellagio

Fountains at the Bellagio

Fremont Experience

Fremont Experience


Fremont Experience

Fremont Experience


Fremont Experience

Fremont Experience

More Fremont Experience:
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Stopped in at Rajiv’s room to catch our breath around 1 a.m., and then headed down to the Bourbon Room for dancin’ and whiskey.
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After sleeping a bunch, we went to Gordon Ramsay’s BurGR for too much food. Brian hacked his menu as we were waiting by the hostess stand, ha! I was going to get a tshirt, but the only ones they had for women were 1) Pink and 2) Said BurGR across the butt. Nope, no thanks. Food was good, although we ended up eating at his pub that night and I much preferred the pub.

Gordon Ramsay's BurGR

Gordon Ramsay’s BurGR

Rod Stewart show

Rod Stewart show

Thanks to a friend of Brian’s, we had guest passes to Rod Stewart. It was soooo good! I knew I’d enjoy myself, but I didn’t realize how much I’d end up liking the show. And I am 100% a Rod Stewart fan now.
Rod Stewart show

Rod Stewart show


20130804-134649.jpgWe had breakfast at the Peppermill Lounge, a diner from the 70s. Made a friend over breakfast, if we had been staying another day, I think we would have hung out all day.

By the time we made it to Bouchon on Sunday, I was so done. We found this quiet hall in the Venetian, and I have never been more pleased with peace and quiet. Bouchon was very, very good. I had a corpse reviver (a drink from the 20s), the trout (mmmmm) and some wild mushrooms. Could have eaten every meal here!
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Astoria again

Spent the day in Astoria and touring underground bunkers and hearing stories.

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It was a good way to spend Memorial Weekend, I highly recommend going to Fort Stevens and doing the underground bunker tour. I learned a lot about American history, Oregonian history, and about Moses, a buffalo soldier stationed at Fort Stevens.

We went to Fort George for dinner, and took walks through Astoria. I love walking through towns.

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I shouldn’t be looking at vintage postcards of Portland hotels, it is making me really, really want to drive across the U.S. I wonder how many times I’ve driven across the U.S.? The epic drive was when I was a kid (obviously a passenger), when we drove from Salem, Oregon to West Bend, Wisconsin to Florida. Did the whole thing in reverse too.

Not that November is a great time to be driving through the plains or over the Rockies, but holy man, seeing postcards of hotels from the 50s and 60s, and remembering staying in similar hotels in the 70s, I just want to go!