This year we were fortunate to travel as a family on our first overseas adventure. My cousin was very generous to offer that we could stay with their family while we were there visiting. It was a great way to see each other again. The weather was very unlike typical Seattle weather, we had sunshine and blue skies each day! The locals were complaining about the absence of rain!
In Seattle, we were able to go to the famous Pike Place markets, I have been very interested to visit the Pike Place Fish Co. which is located in those markets. Over 10 years ago, I watched a video for work, encompassing the FISH! philosophy and it featured the Pike Place Fish Co. Ever since I saw that video I wanted to see it for myself. When I planned our trip, it didn’t occur to me initially that we were going to be in the very city that the Pike Place Fish Co. was located. It was only when I was deciding what we would like to do whilst in Seattle that the realisation dawned on me and I became excited at the prospect. It seems this would be one of those meaningful coincidences.
We were very fortunate to have family in Seattle to show us around. We were able to go to the Pike Place markets, the Space Needle, Chihuly Garden and Glass – breathtakingly beautiful artwork, a lovely Rose Garden, Woodland Park zoo, Snoqualmie Falls and we also spent time in and around Seattle. We managed to do a lot of the things we planned in the few days we were there, before heading off to Hawaii – somewhere I have wanted to go since I was young. We were limited for time but hope to visit again soon. Here are a few photos from our trip to Seattle to peruse.
When we travelled to Hawaii, we landed in Honolulu airport even though it was warm and humid, it was just what we were expecting and looked forward to enjoying the warm weather. Our flight was delayed in Seattle due to mechanical issues and we landed 2 hours late. I was worried about the shuttle bus I had organised to pick us up but it was there and after a period of waiting for other passengers, we were on our way to Waikiki where we stayed for the next 6 days. Waikiki is located on the island of Oah’u which is the most inhabited island of Hawai’i as the volcano is dormant. There is still an active volcano on the Big Island where not many people live – it is a place to visit on our next trip.
We also managed to do a lot of things we planned to do but still ran out of days as we wanted to be able to do a few more things! They will have to wait until next time! We managed to go on a snorkelling cruise which was fantastic, we enjoyed a majestic circle island tour of Oah’u, attend a mountain top luau – the Big Kahuna Luau, and go on a shopping tour at Waikele Premium outlets. We also enjoyed exploring the city of Waikiki, the beach, eating different food and the relaxed, warm and friendly atmosphere. We learnt about the Hawaiian culture, its people, food, history and humour. It was a much welcome break after an emotional year, here are some photos to enjoy.
Another meaningful coincidence – I had bought my husband a shirt years ago that had Waikiki, Hawaii printed on it and when we returned home and he wore it, he asked me to read his t-shirt. It was then we realised that it stated exactly where we had just visited! We thought that was pretty amusing given I did not even take notice of what was on the t-shirt when I bought it because I liked the colour – it is a bright green. Until next time…