Kenmore Air – THE airline for the San Juan Islands


Having seen a lot of touristy places in Seattle such as the Gum Wall and Pike Place Market, the Space Needle and Mount Rainier, I decided it was time to take myself offshore – more specifically to the San Juan Islands. Where are the San Juans? San Juan is the capital of Puerto Rico, but do not confuse this with the San Juan Islands.  The San Juans are are an archipegalo of roughly 172 named islands in the northwest corner of the U.S., yet according to the San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau – only four

Mount Rainier – Seattle


You may have seen Rainier – the mountain that keeps a sleepy watch over Seattle.  It usually pops up in any outside shots of Seattle pictures, or in TV series (yes, I am talking about my favourite Grey’s Anatomy), or movies. Rainier is in the Cascade Range and is actually an active volcano, along the North American tectonic plate, just north of Mount Saint Helens.   At 14,411 feet, Rainier is the highest mountain/volcano of the Cascades, but actually quite young in geologic terms as it was only formed about 500,000 years (only?!)  She is

Pike Place Market and The Gum Wall – Seattle


Apart from the Space Needle, Seattle’s other prominent destination (and landmark) is the Public Market Center – or Pike Place Market. I’d seen it many times in various T.V shows (Grey’s Anatomy for example). It overlooks Elliot Bay waterfront and opened in 1907.   Apparently, it is one of the oldest continually running Farmers’ Markets in the U.S. On about three different levels, you can expect to purchase fresh fish, flowers, farmers’ produce, crafts such as hand made jewellery, hats and lavender gifts (yes, I bought several lavender soaps and room sprays) as well as

Space Needle – Seattle


By far Seattle’s most famous and recognisable building, at 605 ft The Space Needle is the 6th tallest building in Seattle and is an iconic landmark. No trip to Seattle is complete without a visit to the Space Needle, so obviously I had to go!  I hopped on a Rapid Ride bus from where I’m staying to the Seattle Centre, and within 40 minutes I was ready for lift off! Tickets and prices I seriously recommend you buy your tickets online in advance and either print out a copy of the ticket beforehand (it will

Summer Festivals in Seattle


I’m lucky to be spending time in Seattle not only at the best time of the year for weather (summer), but also because this is the season when Seattleites celebrate by partaking in street fests (short for ‘festivals’.) Friendly One thing I’ve noticed since being here, people are very friendly in Seattle.  I don’t know if that’s because I’ve been lucky with the weather and obviously this makes a difference to people’s demeanour,  – also I partly wonder if my British accent helps.  But then sitting in coffee shops, observing interactions between each other, the

Air BNB & The Pie Bar, Ballard, Seattle


I’m trying out different neighbourhoods during my stay in Seattle.  I recently spent three nights in an AirBNB place in the district of Ballard, Seattle. My AirBnB joint was perfect; really centrally located and comfortable. Located about 35 minutes away by bus from Downtown Seattle, it’s a great location to base yourself, and you could even spend a day or so exploring the local area. I did just that, and discovered the Pie Bar, Ballard. The Pie Bar Ballard Located at 2218 NW Market St (why is it U.S. addresses have impossibly large numbers, up

Icelandair to Seattle


I have arrived in Seattle safe and well!  I am dividing my time between different neighbourhoods to get a taste for them, but I am jumping ahead…first I want to share with you my Icelandair experience. I chose to fly from London via Reykjavik to Seattle on this airline not only because they were the cheapest (less than £1000 for a return ticket, including stopover, in high season), but also because the route was actually quicker, and I also get a chance to stretch my legs during the 2.5 hr transit. Fan of Girl Gone

Lady Dinah’s Cat Cafe – Shoreditch, London


Saturday, 4th July 2015 I found myself in London, UK.  Regular followers of my site might be aware of how much I love cats, so imagine my delight in finding out about a cat cafe in the City of London – in Shoreditch! What’s Lady Dinah’s? The brainchild of Lauren Pears – senior project manager at Sony Playstation – Lady Dinah’s opened in March 2014 and has been rewarded with an influx of bookings ever since. Yes, one has to make a reservation to go, you can’t just walk in off the street because as