Thursday, December 30, 2010

Seattle Road Trip: Cool Swims, Pike Place Market & The Picasso Exhibit


Early this week we took a quick trip up the road to Seattle to see friends, the Picasso Exhibit, sites and to enjoy some pool time.

Wait, it's December. This fact stopped me, but not the kids.


A pool deck with city atmosphere and the soothing sounds of a passing...train?!




Okay, enough of that. Get in the water to warm up, please!





Of course, is a visit to Seattle complete without a trip to the first Starbucks...



...or Le Panier's for some delicious pastries?



Then across the street to the Market.






I wish this spot was closer to home, what an unbelievable selection of seafood.





Heading up the hill to Daiso Japan, Isabella gets her hands on the camera.



A favorite stop! The "Japanese dollar store" with endless fun finds.




I made sure to pick up a pack of these for my next stenciling project.
The price was right.





Next, a bit of culture. Visiting SAM and the Picasso exhibit made me miss Chicago and all the time spent at the Art Institute...a trip to that city this summer would certainly be a treat.



Finally, a great bite before hitting the road. Beecher's makes the Best tomato soup and grilled panini sandwiches...ever.



I hope you enjoyed this tour of a brief visit to the great city of Seattle!

26 comments :

  1. Oh sounds like a fabulous trip!! Gorgeous view from your hotel : )

    Paula

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  2. I would love to visit Seattle. We love seafood so it's definitely on our list. Thanks for the pics!

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  3. Looks like you had a fun trip. Thanks for sharing !!

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  4. Live in Philly, but I love Seattle! I'd take a trip there over a trip to NYC anyday!

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  5. I have always wanted to live there. Funny that I've never actually visited, but I really want to move there : o )

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  6. Wonderful photos of a wonderful city! I love Seattle and lived there for six months just after college. I miss it! I'm new to blogging this year and your blog was one of the first I started following because you lived in the Northwest. I later realized that you were an "it" blogger in the home decor blogging world. I'm so happy to have found your blog in 2010. I look forward to what inspiration you have to share in 2011. Happy New Year!

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  7. The dollar store looks interesting. I would have been like a kid in a candy store. Kids can seem to brave anything, but they enjoyed themselves. OH and no you can't go to Seattle and not go to Starbucks. It just would be right. Happy New Year.

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  8. Look like you guys had a great time! The market looks like a place I would love to go. and did someone say panini? Oh how I wish I could have one right now!!!

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  9. Oh, that looks like the whole family had a great time. I would love to live there, but we keep moving farther south!

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  10. I love it!! Did you see my photos of our trip over Thanksgiving? We hit up all the same places: the market, Picasso exhibit, Starbucks, etc. Such a gorgeous city!!

    Happy New Years!

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  11. What a fun trip you had. I've never been to Seattle but would love to go sometime.
    If you come to Chicago, I hope you give me a ring. Maybe we can meet?

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  12. Michelle,
    Just found that post...wow, your pictures look great!!! It was also fun to see your trip to SF, miss that city! Janell

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  13. Gosh I haven't been there in ages! What a great city and it looks like you guys are having a blast!

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  14. I just love Seattle. Such character and energy in that city. Happy New Year. Thanks for sharing the fun photos.

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  15. Janell, looks like you had a great time visiting my city, Seattle! You hit up some fun places! Next time you're in town, let me know and perhaps we can meet up for coffee if you have time! Happy New Year!

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  16. Chilly swimming, for sure! I've only visited Seattle once - loved it, but it was the middle of summer, so I imagine winter time is a bit different.

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  17. Marianne, I would love that! I know a few bloggers in Seattle, perhaps we should plan a lunch or something in 2011! It is always wonderful to put faces and voices with blogs, makes it all that much more fun and rewarding.

    Janell

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  18. ...and I did get in the pool later. It was not exactly relaxing from my point of view! Janell

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  19. I love Seattle as well - It looks like you had a grand time! The great pictures and narrative made me feel like a part of it! Happy New Year!

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  20. Seattle is on our list of places to visit (my husband is taking my son to all of the major league baseball stadiums between now and when he is 18 - so Seattle will be visited). Looks like a great city.

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  21. Love Seattle! We have a Daiso here in Vancouver, what a fun place to explore and shop!

    Hope you have a lovely holiday:)

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  22. well geesh ... I should have met up with you at Beechers for a fabulous sandwich and a few moments to chat in real life! Hope your stay was wonderful.

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  23. Not fair! You can't come to my town without visiting me! (Remember I have kids to entertain your kids too!).

    Just stopping by to wish you a happy, healthy and fun 2011! Thank you for all your support and your wonderful friendship. You are a gem in blog land, Janell.

    ox, Mon

    http://www.splendidwillow.com

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  24. Monika, I knew you would be mad! :)
    We must plan a get together for bloggers in the area...would be really fun!
    Janell

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  25. I just found your blog and I'm so glad you love Seattle so much! I'm a Seattle blogger, and I can't tell you how much it makes me smile when I see other people love our city so much! I'm glad you enjoyed your trip!

    PS- I heart Oregon! :)

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  26. Another Seattle blogger here! I've been hoping to plan a NW blogger get-together in 2011. Sounds like I should let you know too! Lovely pictures, and reminds me I need to get to the museum before the exhibit ends!

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