North America / Pacific Northwest / Washington

“Pic of the Week”, May 24, 2018: Trans-Canada Airlines, Seattle

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One of the world’s great plane museums is Seattle’s Museum of Flight.  We’ll visit the planes inside on another day; today I wanted to focus on a airplane that caught my attention from the collection of aircraft outside the main museum building.

The plane is a Lockheed 1049G Super Constellation.  This airplane was delivered to Trans-Canada Airlines — Canada’s national carrier which ultimately became Air Canada — in 1954.  It was among the last of commonly used propeller aircraft, with jet engines soon to dominate commercial air travel.  This particular plane, after providing passenger and later cargo service, was converted into a cocktail lounge and lunch bar in Toronto before being restored and added to the Museum of Flight’s collection.

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“Pic of the Week”, July 11, 2014: Pike Place Market, Seattle

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One of the most popular places in Seattle is Pike Place Market.  Near the city’s waterfront and overlooking Puget’s Sound, but really a world to itself, Pike’s is Seattle’s favorite tourist attraction.  It covers 9 acres and has been designated a National Historic District.

Pike’s was designed to be and still primarily functions as a farmer’s market, with dozens of vendors selling fresh fruit, vegetables, flowers, seafood, cheese, meats, and an assortment of handicrafts.  Most famous among these is Pike Place Fish, where fishmongers throw a fish around every time someone buys one.  There are lots of unusual specialty shops and small cafes, but above all Pike’s Market is the place in Seattle to people watch.  And on a weekend day you’ll have …

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“Pic of the Week”, Oct. 11, 2013. Fall Colors, University of Washington, Seattle

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I really love fall!  It’s my favorite time of year.  The crispness of the morning air is invigorating but especially great are the beautiful vibrant colors of autumn.  No plant is more beautiful in its fall foliage than the sugar maple, not a naturally occurring tree in western Canada or the western American states, but common in the east.

These images were, however, snapped at the University of Washington in Seattle.  A lovely campus, with grand stands of deciduous trees, it’s a great place to go for a fall stroll.

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Seattle, Washington — Coffee Capital of the World (and a city of many other nicknames)!

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Seattle is a great city — a world-class travel destination!  Situated in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, it has much appeal as a several day (or even week-long) stop especially when part of a circuit through other great sites in the region, such as Vancouver and Victoria B.C, or the Olympic and Long Beach peninsulas, or Mount Rainier and Mt. St. Helen’s.   By far the largest city in America’s Northwest, with over four million residents, it’s a bustling growing metropolis with a memorable skyline set on the shores of lovely Puget Sound.  Lush and green, fenced in by the Cascade Mountains to the east, with westward views of the Sound and …

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