Friday Flashback #024 …

Ah, Seattle. I love you best of the northwestern cities I visit. With a vibrant downtown and nearby Capitol Hill (with a great bookstore, Elliott Bay Books), I could sit and look at the Pike Place Market sign forever and a day. That’s always part of my wanderlust: Sitting in a particular place in a city I love and just watching the world go by. Seattle is a great spot to do that, and I’m going to visit again later this summer.

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Friday Flashback #023 …

Alas, the poor snowglobe. Once the go-to souvenir for many travelers, it’s now banned in carry-on luggage on planes. So let us instead celebrate San Francisco, the city in which these kitschy wonders were photographed. By the time you read this I may–or may not, depending on work obligations–be there once again, roaming the city’s (and nearby Berkeley) bookstores, eating at some of my favorite restaurants, and just walking my feet off all over hill and … well, hill. No dales. Just hills. I love San Francisco, and while I wasn’t going to visit this year, I decided to take a little birthday jaunt anyway. I mean, you’re only 31.5 (x2) once, right?

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Friday Flashback #022 …

Back to San Diego and the wonderful area known as Liberty Station once again. Here’s an old-fashioned postcard type billboard for the US Naval Training Center that used to take up most of this development site near the San Diego International Airport. Shopping, restaurants, a vibrant arts district, a movie theater, and a lot of great open walking and recreational spaces highlight Liberty Station, including the Liberty Public Market. It’s a great place to roam and eat and sit and people-watch on a lazy Sunday, or any other day of the week for that matter.

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Friday Flashback #021 …

Piccadilly Circus is London’s Times Square, only slightly less obnoxious. Here’s the big display, which is constantly moving and changing, although that Coca-Cola sign seems to dominate, with its own commercials and animations. The Brits love their traffic circles, which to me just means I’ll never (NEVAH!) drive there. It’s hard enough crossing the damn street in one. I love this center point in London (although last time I was there the Underground was impossible to get to from this station). It’s a short walk from here to just about everything (central London to me is actually very small, and you turn a corner and all the sudden you’re here or Covent Garden or Charing Cross Road). But I love the hustle and bustle of this particular spot and always have to stop and watch life go by.

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Friday Flashback #020 …

This is basically my backyard, on a warm and sunny Sunday. I was just sitting there, watching the world go by, which included quite a few bicyclists in their fancy biking outfits, like they’re all on some grand tour de whatnot. It’s a great place to just sit and watch … walkers and riders. I think all of San Diego might pass by here at some point, kind of like the 10,000 monkeys with 10,000 typewriters typing out the complete works of William Shakespeare, given enough time. Given enough time.

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Friday Flashback #019 …

Central Park in New York City on a cool, breezy fall day, where the trees haven’t quite turned yet, but some are already gone, baby, gone. This is one of my favorite parts of the park, the Mall, a long expanse that you can walk or sit a spell and people-watch. It’s sides are festooned with artists (sometimes this term is used loosely) and the occasional street musician, which in NYC is usually pretty good. Central Park is this majestic place to me, this oasis in the middle of one of the world’s busiest cities, a place to treasure, even though I’m sure someone like Trump would love to carve it up into little real estate empires. I can’t imagine a NYC without Central Park, this crown jewel in the center of Manhattan.

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Friday Flashback #018 …

I love Seattle, too. I especially love this fountain which has a mind of its own. It’s located in Seattle Center, the home of the Space Needle (seen lurking above the fountain, above) and the 1962 Worlds Fair (or Century 21 Exposition, if you prefer, even if it sounds like a real estate company convention). Similar to San Diego’s Balboa Park (minus the world-famous zoo, though), Seattle Center has museums, galleries, large wooded areas to walk in, and more. It’s a lovely part of town, and I always love going there. I’m going back in July to see the big Marvel Comics exhibit at the museum now known as MoPOP … until they change the name again.

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