Things to Do in Tacoma, Washington

I’m embarrassed to say that despite living in the state of Washington for three years we have not made the hour-long drive south to explore Tacoma. When I saw Fleetwood Mac was going on tour and performing at the Tacoma Dome, I booked us amazing seats relatively near the stage for the concert and roundtrip …

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A Sunday in Ballard: Farmers Markets and Nordic Heritage

Several months ago I came across an ad in one of my magazines about a Marimekko exhibit coming to Seattle! I’m not into fashion, but I was familiar with Marimekko because their beautiful, colorful patterns often appear on Crate&Barrel items like bedding and shower curtains, several of which I’ve purchased. I knew they were based …

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Top 10 Things to Do in Hamburg, Germany

This time last year I joined my husband in Hamburg, Germany for a week while he was at a work conference. It was my fourth time in Germany but only the second time I've ever traveled with him for work, and the first time I was really exploring the Schleswig-Holstein region of the country. I’ve …

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Learning Railroad History in Toppenish, Washington

We spent a lovely long weekend in Yakima Valley for our anniversary, tasting incredible wine, eating amazing food, and exploring a new part of Washington. On Saturday we had an entire day of wine tasting planned in the Rattlesnake Hills wine region and knew we would need some other activities to break up all our winery visits. …

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Coffee Roastery and Museum in Hamburg

One of my favorite finds in Hamburg, Germany was the Kaffee Museum in the Warehouse District, known as Speicherstadt. Brian and I discovered it one of our first days while wandering around but it was after hours and already closed for the day. I decided to check it out after returning from a day trip one …

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Hamburg’s Miniatur Wunderland

When we started planning our trip to the Schleswig-Holstein region of Germany, and specifically Hamburg, one of the first 'things to do' that popped up on the list was the Miniatur Wunderland museum. Although I can't remember where, I had heard about the museum before and so had Brian! That wasn't completely surprising to me-- my …

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Boeing Tour and the Future of Flight

We moved to the Pacific Northwest for my husband's job. He's the North America aerospace account manager for an international company, and they wanted him closer to some of their major aerospace customers who are based out of California, Oregon and Washington. His largest customer is Boeing, which has several facilities around Washington, among other places. While …

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Victoria, BC: Downtown, Royal BC and Foodie Tour

After an eventful trip to Vancouver Island, we were excited for our early check in at the James Bay Inn so we could clean up and set out for our first day in Victoria, BC. Our inn was only a quick walk from downtown and in a lovely residential neighborhood called the James Bay Area. The …

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