Chihuly Garden and Glass

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The Chihuly Garden and Glass museum turned out to be a pleasant surprise on our tour of downtown Seattle. After a day of sightseeing, we still had a few hours left to utilize. We turned to TripAdvisor, which has proven to be a great resource on this trip, and found that the number one attraction in Seattle is the Chihuly exhibit. Despite stellar reviews from 4,988 people (!), I was still a bit wary that this would  be a total tourist trap. After all, it’s located at the bottom of the Space Needle.

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But with nothing to lose, other than the $21 admission fee, we figured we’d give it a go. If you’re a fan of art and sculpture,  you will immediately fall in love with the brightly colored pieces filling the exhibit. So inventive and creative!

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But the real star of the show, in my opinion, was the outdoor garden, which was truly like walking through a technicolor wonderland. The works were enhanced by the soft glow of lights against the dark night sky; I definitely suggest checking out the exhibit at night to get the full effect!

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Bainbridge Island, Washington

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After our morning run through the city, we decided to take a ferry boat out to Bainbridge Island,  located in the Puget Sound. We had beautiful weather, which made the 35 minute ferry ride to the island lots of fun! Great views while enjoying the sea air and the wind in our hair!

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The first stop on our tour was Eleven Winery, where we sampled some local Washington wines.

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As you can see, Charles and Homie got in on the fun too. Which was all fine and good until Homie fell into my wine glass. Needless to say, Maria was not happy with him and gave him a stern talking-to!

After that, we set off to find off some late lunch/early dinner.  We ended up at Harbour Public House, which was awesome! Fresh ingredients and local beers on tap. We shared a root salad and the fish & chips – hit the spot. Great views too!

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We walked around the island for a bit and then capped off our trip with a stop at Ale House for a rousing game of UNO before heading back to the ferry.

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We had a blast visiting Bainbridge Island, and it made for a fun excursion from downtown Seattle!

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Downtown Seattle and Olympic Sculpture Park

 

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Right out of the gate, we were excited to explore Seattle! Our hotel was a straight shot down to Pike Place, about a mile away, so we started there. I asked a couple locals where we should go, and we were pointed towards a cobblestone alley just north of the market. We picked San Patricio, which was a good first stop to kick off our trip!

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I’d also like to introduce you to our two travel buddies, Charles Darwin and Homie. If you’ve followed along on my travels, you know that Charles likes to come along (to conduct his research, of course), and Homie tagged along with Maria. I think it’ll be a fun group, don’t you?

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After happy hour, we headed up to the Capitol Hill, where we sampled the artisan cocktails at Tavern Law. Worth the walk up the hill!

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We capped off the night at Vero Pizza! If you know me, you know I love pizza. The bartender was a lot of fun (see him in the background of the photo below?). We split a margarita-style pie. One interesting thing about this spot is that you cut your own pizza… with scissors!

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The next day, we woke up pretty early thanks to the time difference, and decided to burn off those carbs by going for a run downtown. Always a great way to see a city! We ran from our hotel down to Pike Place, and across to the Olympic Sculpture Park.

 

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So much ground covered, and it was only 9am!

Road Trip!

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Back in May, my friend Maria and I talked about taking a trip together later in the year. There was no shortage of great ideas, including everything from a leisurely Scandinavian cruise, to soaking up the sun and history in Croatia, to a yoga retreat in Bali. But one morning I randomly struck up a conversation with a guy on the shuttle to work about a trip he did out West, and it got us thinking… What about visiting some of the places in our own back yard? Ah yes The Road Trip: A time honored tradition, and classic American pastime!

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After a lot of brainstorming, we came up with a route that will start in Seattle, and continue through Oregan, Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana, as we tour several of our great National Parks! As I mentioned in the last post, we wanted to do a trip that makes the most of two weeks off, and a road trip does just that. We also wanted an active trip, and sure enough, we will be doing a lot of hiking, running, boating, and perhaps even some yoga!

Were you as surprised by our destination as we were?! Both Maria and I love visiting international destinations so this was quite a different choice. But we decided to give our passports a break in order to visit some of the great destinations close(r) to home. Plus, a road trip with a good friend is always a fun time!

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It’s time for another travel adventure – and you’ll never guess where!

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I’m about to head out on a two week trip, and I think the location will surprise you! Believe it or not, it was a tough decision to choose a destination; there are countless choices, and my list of places I want to visit grows and grows. Ultimately, we decided that our goal was to select a trip that made the most of having two full weeks off in a row, which is a rare treat. We also wanted to do something different. Some of the contenders were Croatia and Bali, both of which I’d still love to visit, but our final choice ended up being a last-minute, random idea which we got really excited about. So, where am I going? And who am I traveling with?

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Well, I’m not going to tell you quite yet! However, you can find out tomorrow on my newly launched Facebook Page for Kavi360!

Based on reader feedback, I’ve decided to experiment with a Facebook page. It’s something I’ve been thinking about for a while (if you’ll note, the page posts go back for two years!), and the time seems right.

Since I won’t be able to blog daily on this trip, the Facebook page will be a great way for me to share photos and updates with you in real-time. And bonus, I’ll get to interact more and hear any suggestions you may have for me! So please “like” my Facebook page and join me on this adventure!

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Any guesses? As you can see in the photo above, sneakers and my trusty Kelty backpack will play a very important role on this trip. We will be flying as well, although not on US Air this time!