A four-day trip with my husband, who'd never been there.
  1. 1.
    Seeing my youngest daughter
    She secretly fell in love with Seattle after a couple visits while in college in Oregon. I was a little shocked when she chose to move there—no job, no friends ... something told her it was her town. And it is.
  2. 2.
    Getting together with her friends
    You couldn't find a more fun, supportive, and interesting group. They always plan something when I come up. This year, brunch to watch the Seahawks game. Can't get one guy in the square—he would prefer it that way anyhow.
  3. 3.
    Showing my husband the sights
    My daughter is a super tour guide; she is so proud of her adopted city.
  4. 4.
    The food
    Where to start ... the seafood, the dive bars with amazing food, the fresh veg, and the vast array of foods from all over the world.
  5. 5.
    The book stores
    There's one around every curve—new and used—it seems, and every one is orderly and friendly and has a great selection.
  6. 6.
    The 5 Point Café
    One of the oldest bar-restaurants in Seattle. Punk on the juke box, stickers on the walls, pull tabs (gambling while you drink!), an eclectic mix of day drinkers and tourist families, super nice staff, a great sense of humor, and excellent food! The photo is of their T-shirt for kids.
  7. 7.
    Seeing my favorite band, Squeeze
    We scheduled the trip so we could see them with my daughter and her friend. At Benaroya Hall, where the symphony plays. Squeeze were amazing as always, but the majority of the crowd never moved. They just SAT there. Get up and dance, you stiffs! I did, and I didn't care if I was on my own. Eventually, people got up in the aisles and did what you do at a Squeeze show: have a blast!
  8. 8.
    The Fremont Troll
    Hiding under a bridge. The car in his hand is an actual Volkswagen Beetle.
  9. 9.
    The ferry to Bainbridge Island
    Where, among other things, you'll find Sluy's Bakery in the Norwegian town of Poulsbo. Get the cardamom cookies called Havanas, and the date-coconut bars called princess squares (I don't like coconut and somehow this works). On the ferry, there was a jigsaw puzzle in progress—my daughter says there's usually one on a table. This one was well-known books. 😀 I completed the Cat in the Hat, and my daughter put together Gone With the Wind.
  10. 10.
    The neighborhoods
    All with cool names and all different. Queen Anne, Green Lake, Maple Leaf, Ballard, Belltown, the U District (home of the University of Washington).
  11. 11.
    The Seattle Pinball Museum
    One price gives you access to all the games—they have a great selection and change them from time to time. They sell beer and have a few snack items.
  12. 12.
    The general good vibes of the city
    People are friendly, there is so much to see and do, and even in a crowded place like Pike Place on a sunny Saturday afternoon you don't feel overwhelmed or rushed. Pictured: the Gum Wall. Love the girl to the right getting ready to add her mark. (I did.)