Best shop entrance ever

In Berlin, dad and I came across this shop entrance to a children’s science toy shop. Now, if we could only get another smaller one for cuddly toys, it would be perfect 

 

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Travel review: Snoqualmie Falls

I’m continuing my travel reviews from our USA holiday last summer. After spending time exploring the tourist sites in Seattle town centre, we headed east

About 30 miles east from downtown Seattle is Snoqualmie Falls. Famous as the backdrop for the Twin Peaks TV series, the waterfall has had different characters when dad and I visited


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Travel review: Nishino, Seattle

Today, I would like to share one of dad’s favourite restaurants in Seattle. One of the genres of food, which is so much better in the USA is Japanese food and especially the sushi  dad is saddened by the fact that the UK can’t match the quality of fish, especially as it’s an island

Close to the Japanese Gardens at the eastern end of East Madison Street is Nishino. Dad and I return every year to eat their grand omakase menu



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Travel review: Japanese Gardens, Seattle

Today, I’m continuing my reviews from our holiday in Seattle last summer. Like any large city, the city centre feels busy even though Seattle has amazing views of nature even from the middle of town

However, at times, it’s nice to be able to escape the hurly burly and one of dad’s favourite quiet spots is at the eastern end of East Madison Street. If you’re driving east, turn left onto Lake Washington Boulevard East, where the Washington Park arboretum can be found. As you drive north, the Japanese Gardens will be on your left. There is free parking

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Travel review: Barolo, Seattle

After a fun day wandering around Pike Place Market in Seattle, dad, ‘future mom’ and I met one of dad’s friends for dinner. She recommended an Italian restaurant in the downtown area called Barolo


In the UK, our average experience of Italian food is quite generic. Dad and I tend to find pasta dishes filling but never rising above high mediocrity. Dad often feels that he shouldn’t be paying for pasta in a restaurant as he can cook it better at home
In contrast, America is replete with Italian restaurants with higher aspirations. From fine dining places like Cafe Juanita in Kirkland through to family restaurants going back generations, dad and I have found many interesting Italian places to eat on holiday in the USA Continue reading

Teddy parachute jumps for charity

A year ago, I got the chance to raise money for charity and also become a parachute jumper like dad. Despite his fear of heights, dad had done a tandem jump on holiday in Cleveland but he couldn’t take me with him on the jump

However, he spotted an advert raising money for Action for Children. They were offering teddy bears the chance to jump off Winchester Cathedral for charity

It started off as a slightly gray day but it was the breeze which was more concerning for us intrepid jumpers. To be fair, the event organiser, Kim used her own teddy for the test jump to make sure it was safe


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Ski Hat Bear – RIP

I just wanted to share a quick tribute to ski hat bear. He would fit over dad’s ski helmet, making it easy for the rest of dad’s ski party to follow him when he was leading the group 

 Sadly, ski hat bear flew off dad’s helmet somewhere on the Sarenne run in Alpe d’Huez. Despite everyone in the ski group looking for him for the rest of the holiday, he was never found

I like to believe that he was found by a friendly snowcat driver and now spends his evenings looking out of the front of the snowcat cab going up and down pistes

Ski hat bear, you are gone but not forgotten

Travel review: Pike Place Market, Seattle

Today, I’m continuing my series of travel reviews from our holiday to the USA last summer. After visiting the Space Needle at Seattle Center, dad, ‘future mom’ and I took the short monorail ride to Westlake Center in the downtown area. It’s fun to think that this was the world’s first monorail, built all the way back in 1962

As it was ‘future mom’s first visit to Seattle, we took her to one of Seattle’s other iconic tourist destinations, Pike Place Market. Perhaps a bit like Borough Market in London, locals may sneer at the touristy air about the place but there’s lots of great local produce available for both locals and visitors though I appreciate there may be a slight tourist mark up

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