After disembarking the cruise ship we got a cab. It was very orderly. There was plenty of cabs and there was plenty of workers to point you in the right direction. We got a cab right away, no waiting. It was about a $15 ride to the downtown Westin. It was niiiiiice!!!! I booked it on Hotwire. We were really early for check in, it was only about 9:30, so I figured we would have to check our bags and walk around. To our surprise, they had a room ready! I requested a high floor and we got a room on the 32nd floor! The front desk worker was very nice. Most of the people we came in contact with on this vacation were very nice. I guess we’re just jaded East Coasters. I was so happy that we could just drop all of our stuff in the room. Then we went looking for a breakfast place. I was desperate for coffee, not a problem in Seattle. Unfortunately, it’s all Starbucks (not my favorite).
We could see Pike Place Market from our room, so we started walking in that direction. Again, referencing our Yelp app to find a place for breakfast. We walked through the market a while. They were selling tons of flowers for Mother’s Day. And of course, lots of seafood and fresh produce. The produce was amazing. I wish I could shop there!
We ended up eating breakfast at a place called Ludi’s. It was a Filipino restaurant, but they served American style breakfast. It was yummy, but I wish I had of tried something Filipino.
After breakfast we headed back to the hotel. We both fell asleep on the most awesome beds ever!!!! These beds were amazing! Every single night of vacation, I woke up at 3am. I guess my body clock couldn’t shut itself off. So I napped everyday. This was the best nap of them all. We got up and not to long after Sean, Brandi and Emily arrived. It was so great to see them. Emily is getting so big and is so adorable! She immediately spotted the iPad and sat on my lap to play her games. She had to check out Grandpop’s iPad too.
We had a nice, relaxing visit with the kids and then we all went to dinner at The Pink Door. It was excellent. Unfortunately, Emily was not able to get chicken nuggets and French fries. She even made up a song about it, poor kid. She was really good and ate some spaghetti and bread.
After dinner, we walked around bit. Seattle is very hill-y! Nothing like some intense cardio after a giant meal. We went back to our room and hung out a while. The kids went home and we went to bed. Our flight was at 11:30 am out of SEATAC.
I had tried earlier in the day to check in to our flight online, but there was an issue. US Air told me to call Expedia. Oh no, not THAT! They have the worst customer service, ever! So I spent some time on hold, then decided to just check in at the airport. The airline will just have to figure it out.
We left the hotel at about 8:30 am on Monday morning. It’s a $40 flat rate cab fare from downtown to the airport. There was no traffic on the way and we got there pretty quick. So, we go up to the self serve kiosk at Us Air, still not able to check in. One of the workers had to help us. She took our reservation and ID’s, went to computer and she was there for a while. She came back to us and said “I’m sorry, your connecting flight in Phoenix is running late. I’ll have to book you on a direct flight to Philadelphia.” I literally jumped up and down for joy! No lay over!!!
The flight home was painless. A lady across the isle from us had the whole row to herself, so she switched with us and we all had extra space! I read my book and the 4 1/2 hours went by quickly. In Philly, we picked up our car and headed home! We had an excellent vacation, saw beautiful sights, ate wonderful food, saw our family and friends. But it was so nice to get back home to my couch and my dog!
There’s no place like home…