Day Five: And Back Again

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Seattle feels the same to me as it did the first time I was there, visiting my friend Pam in the summer of 1993. She and Jim lived in an apartment on Dexter, in a big pale-green duplex with a second-story wooden porch on the back. Each afternoon, Pam and I sat on the back porch overlooking Lake Union, in our cotton dresses, our bare feet up hanging over the railings, smoking candy-colored Sobranies, talking about things. I'd taken the train from Chicago, a three-day journey, and I remember taking a shower at their place the minute I arrived and thinking, "The water feels different. I can tell I'm near the ocean!" I had hiked the Grand Canyon, camped in the Florida Keys, wound my way through the Ozarks, and traveled all over Europe, but visiting Pam in Seattle was my first time so far west. I loved the Pacific Northwest right away.

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When we first moved to Portland in 1997, I was a production editor at Graphic Arts Center Publishing. The company had recently purchased a Seattle-based company named Alaska Northwest Books, and ANWB became our new imprint. I loved my job. My boss, Ellen, who had been the senior editor at ANWB, lived on the Kitsap peninsula and occasionally I'd be sent to the Seattle office to work with her. Once I went to her beautiful house with her to spend the night, riding the ferry across the Sound, carrying our work papers and coffee with the rest of the commuters. I felt so independent then, so far from home, so grown-up. It didn't wear off for a long time.

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Thank you so much for coming along on our vacation! Thank you for your kind words, your shared memories, your patience with my slideshow and my ramblings — you are a wonderfully generous audience. It's been a bit like traveling twice. Thank you for that.

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When we stay in Seattle, if we aren't staying with friends, we frequently stay at the Inn at the Market, just steps away from Pike's Place. We've stayed there enough times now that it feels familiar. From our balcony, we look down on the market, out at the water, along Post Alley.

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I like to be right in the middle of things. I like to be able to wake up and go right downstairs and get fantastic coffee and pain aux raisins while practically still in my pajamas.

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I love traveling with Andy Paulson. He is so cheerful, so excited, so patient, always up for going anywhere, seeing anything. I like to take pictures of him sitting across from me at tables in different places. I think I must have dozens by now. It reminds me of what it's like to sit across from him, thinking of where we should go next. He loves clam chowder, and orders it at every ocean-side restaurant (this is the Athenian, located within the market) he goes to, no matter what else he's getting.

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(View from the window of the Athenian.)

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It was just a great little trip.

72 comments

Thanks for the photos and sharing the trip. We traveled two weeks this September up to the tip of Vancouver Island and then all over the Olympic Penninsula, it was fantastic. We too spent hours wandering the Butchart Gardens...all the memories will keep me smiling through the long, dark Michigan winter!

I love your creations!!! Excellent pictures and nice flowers! Pretty colors! Have a nice day.

I have really enjoyed looking at your photos of your holiday. Thank you for sharing it with us. I almost feel I have been there too - I wish!

I have really enjoyed looking at your photos of your holiday. Thank you for sharing it with us. I almost feel I have been there too - I wish!

I like so many others love visiting you and reading the stories you tell. Its like a great bedtime story from mom. And I love all those plaid shirts andy wears too:)

Alicia, you are the one that deserves all of the thanks. Thank you for sharing your trip and all of the wonderful photos and the special little details of things. I loved reading it and now I would love to go to Vancouver and stay at the same magnificent Castle that you were at...... awesome!
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Julie

Alicia, you are the one that deserves all of the thanks. Thank you for sharing your trip and all of the wonderful photos and the special little details of things. I loved reading it and now I would love to go to Vancouver and stay at the same magnificent Castle that you were at...... awesome!
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Julie

Alicia, you are the one that deserves all of the thanks. Thank you for sharing your trip and all of the wonderful photos and the special little details of things. I loved reading it and now I would love to go to Vancouver and stay at the same magnificent Castle that you were at...... awesome!
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Julie

Alicia, you are the one that deserves all of the thanks. Thank you for sharing your trip and all of the wonderful photos and the special little details of things. I loved reading it and now I would love to go to Vancouver and stay at the same magnificent Castle that you were at...... awesome!
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Julie

Oh, how I've loved the photos of your vacation. It's been ages since I was in Seattle. I know it would be different now as a grown woman and a mama, but I can't wait to go back. And that garden in Victoria? Yeah, I'm going to go crawl into one of those bright shrubs and live. Thanks for sharing.

Sounds so fun! Growing up in Portland, we traveled to Seattle frequently. 50 years later, I'm still doing the same. I've always loved that city and would like to live there. I last visited about two weeks ago for a conference downtown and spend one glorious afternoon in the Freemont district walking around and pretending I was a local. So fun! My new discovery for this trip was Beecher's Handmade Cheese shop right across the street from Pike Place - so good! Brought home a cooler full.

I just happened upon this and it's such a happy post, it's made me happy. Brings back multi-layered memories of my own (mainly European) travels. Many thanx. 80)

ps I should have said i found you via Laura at Cafe au Laine.

Thanks so much for taking us along on your trip, Alicia. I, too, am a bit jealous - but mostly glad I got to hear your stories and see your gorgeous photos! :)

Yes, thank you for sharing! And particularly I LOVE that last shot. Great crop and lighting and all that good stuff. :)

Alicia - Thank YOU for allowing us to accompany you on your run filled vacation - I just love love love the way you tell us about what you are seeing, and the pics never EVER cease to amaze me. I feel like I went with you :):):) And since I never get to go anywhere exciting, I thank you for opening your hearts (and your hotel rooms) to all of us in blog land.

***big hugs to you and Andy and Clover***

Diane Taylor (Baltimore MD)

Thanks for bringing me along on the trip with you and Andy. I had a great time and plan to go back to all the same places someday.

I understand how a good traveling companion can be a wonderful addition to an already good trip. I too love traveling with my hubby, who while he doesn't always order the crab chowder, does very patiently go with me to more fabric or bead stores than many a man would tolerate. All he asks is some time in the comic book stores or a book to read. Plus, he is the best crossword buddy ever. He's great at all the science and math stuff my liberal arts brain don't know. It's been fun reading about your travels. Thanks for sharing. LynAnne

Thank you for sharing your holiday it sounded like a wonderful time

It was a great trip and I feel I just made it too! Thanks for the lovely and informative pictures and your talent for writing.

Thank you for sharing your trip with us. I'd been waffling on whether to go to Seattle for our anniversary trip in February and your description and photos sealed the deal - tickets purchased this morning!

Thank you for sharing your trip and your pictures are gorgeous as always.

O.K., I've been a reader and occasional commenter of yours for about two years now - nearly every time Andy is in a photo, he's wearing a plaid shirt. He must have a pretty extensive plaid shirt wardrobe, huh? Just had to comment and I hope you (nor Andy) don't take offense - none intended.

Andy is a great guy; you both are lucky to have each other.

Wow! Andy sounds like my Joe. On our honeymoon, we went to Prince Edward Island, which was an amazing place. While there, Joe ate clam chowder and mussels in wine and butter for almost every meal. Needless to say, he gained 10 pounds on our honeymoon. But it was completely worth it to him.
Tell Andy that if he ever wants a chowder eating buddy that Joe and I are prepared to go to the restaurant of his choosing! Badabing!

Ugh, the soup is to die for. Salivating now.

"candy-colored sorbranies"! that totally reminds me of 1990 and being on a rooftop in san francisco with an old friend.

thank you for sharing your trip. it's been the sort of week where i could use a bit of a get away.

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My name is Alicia Paulson
and I love to make things. I live with my husband and daughter in Portland, Oregon, and design sewing, embroidery, knitting, and crochet patterns. See more about me at aliciapaulson.com

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