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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Our last night in America

Given that Jaq does not sleep well at the best of times and travel takes a huge toll on her, we decided to spend our last night in America at The Seattle Airport Marriott--the same hotel in which we spent our honeymoon before leaving for England just over a year ago.
This is the entrance... a well appointed lobby.
After checking in we took a swim in this lovely pool. It has a glass and mirrored ceiling. The full moon shown on us as we swam and played in the warm water. There are 2 jacuzzi pools as well. We soaked away our cares and aches in the hot, bubbling water and retired to a good night's sleep.

Jaq requested concierge facilities which cost an extra $30.00 (20quid) and is well worth it. The lounge is only open to those who have access. It offers a full breakfast from 6:30 am-9:30 am. This morning we had scrambled eggs, thick British style sausages, toast, bagels, fresh fruit, orange juice and coffee. Oatmeal with all the trimmings is also on offer. One can eat as much--or as little as one chooses.

Apples, oranges, bananas, snack mix, yogurt, soda pop, water, juice, and a coffee machine that dispense plain coffee, cappuccino's, coffee mocha's, and hot water are available all day. One can come up to the concierge lounge and relax in the comfy chairs, read, play cards, watch T.V., or use the two computers, fax machine or printer.

Hor 'd' oeuvres are served from 4:30-7:30 p.m., cocktails are available form 5 -7 p.m. and desserts are available from 7:30 p.m. until the lounge closes at 10:30 p.m. The food is excellent and prepared fresh throughout the day. The appetizers are hearty and easily fill one up in place of dinner. Desserts last night were tiny profiteroles filled with cream and splashed with dark chocolate, chocolate mocha cream  with whipped cream, or fresh strawberries and cream.

Given that a soda form the machine in the hall near our room is $2.50 a piece and we have consumed four sodas, water, four juices, four bananas, snack mix, and a full breakfast between last night and this morning, the concierge fee of $30.00 is inexpensive and well worth every penny.  We are also posting this from the computers in the lounge and after we check out of our rooms we can relax up here until this afternoon when we must return to the airport for our journey home.

All though we woke to an overcast day with rain in the forecast, Mount Rainier was in full view! Jaq says the mountain loves me because it has never failed to show itself whenever I am in town. We highly encourage Brits to consider visiting the Pacific Northwest the next time a trip to the States is considered--especially if you have already visited Florida. Summers in Washington are beautiful and there are spectacular sights that easily rival the Florida Everglades and Disney World. For a sample of what's available read Jaq's blog post on her blog So This is Love, about her visit to Seattle and Tacoma with her grandson Michael.

We leave for London this evening at 18:10, arriving on Wednesday the 28th. We will stay at the new Comfort Inn near Terminal Five/Heathrow on Wednesday and return to the boat on Thursday. It's been lovely to see everyone and the world weary travelers are more than ready to get home.

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NB Valerie & Steam Train by Les Biggs

NB Valerie & Steam Train by Les Biggs