At Seattle Center, the Space Needle, the Seattle Children’s Museum, the Museum of Pop Culture, and a monorail circumscribe a courtyard with a gigantic, inventive playground. When the monorail departs the Center for its single stop downtown, it travels through a tunnel made of bright blue metallic waves, a wall of Frank Gehry’s MoPop designed… Continue reading Seattle, Day 4: Seattle Center
“Mama, what are you doing here?!?” Priya exclaimed upon finding me in her bed. “I slept here with you, remember? Lily and Papa fell asleep in the other room.” “Oh yeah! (pause, thinking) Sorry if I was kicking you. I always kick Lily because she gets on my nerves. (another pause) That explains why you… Continue reading Seattle, Day 3: Capitol Hill
Seattle is growing literally before your eyes; it’s projected to more than triple its population (from the current 700,000 to 2.5 million in the next 3-5 years, and it’s noisy. By the time we came left breakfast that first morning Pioneer Square and walked the few blocks back to 1st Avenue, a rectangle about four… Continue reading Day 2: Bainbridge Island
In our first 24 hours in Seattle, we spent more time than I might have preferred at the Target just off Pike Place Market. To our daughters’ delight, though our own heroic efforts to sprint through O’Hare had borne fruit, my baggage didn’t make the connecting flight with us, and I needed something to wear… Continue reading Seattle, Day 1
...October 5: Rob's birthday! After some confusion on Sunday over our rental cars (note to travelers: Rome is the opposite of Asheville. Anything that is open on Sunday's closes at 1 pm--and likely doesn't open again until Tuesday), we finally made it to our birthday destination in Tuscany. San Savino was originally a Tuscan town.… Continue reading Plenty of coffee, a hike, a pizza lunch, and a Renaissance chapel: it’s just another day in Italy
Ms. Connors' idea of heaven: having coffee inside the Vatican Museum. Well, the whole heavenly feeling was mostly before I entered. Little did I know that the path to the Sistine Chapel was a circuitous, two-hour forced march through every gallery of the museum -- which might have been fine… Continue reading And Speaking of Basilicas …
Lucky, lucky girl -- I'm off to Rome to celebrate the birthday of my dear friend Rob, a Foreign Service official and longtime travel buddy. Along the way I promised my European History students to document a few highlights.