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Tuesday, 24 September 2013 00:34 Rick Malo
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The Ship:

This is one magnificent vessel. A hotel on water, great lounges, entertainment everywhere, huge buffet, outdoor play/pool area and a room with a view. How good is that?

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Thursday, 19 September 2013 23:24 Rick Malo
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Seattle

We arrived in Seattle and had the chance to see the dockside marketplace. All kinds of food vendors, too many flower stands to count(very inexpensive for incredible blooms), got our first glimpse of our ship, saw the original Starbucks(people lined up down the street to get in), and mainly enjoyed the dockside scenery and entertainment, boarded the ship at 1 pm to sail at 4

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Thursday, 19 September 2013 23:21 Rick Malo
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Coast Starlight

We next boarded the Coast Starlight Train for the journey to Seattle. The quarters were a bit cramped....you can tell by the scale created by Carol’s head and the close walls.....not a lot of room, but we managed. It was all part of it. We had been warned that the train trip would be “an adventure”...and it was. Our beds were the width of the seat, the train was rocking all night long and not exactly smooth. That being said, the scenery was beautiful all the way thru Portland til we arrived at the newly refurbished station in Seattle....all glossy white interior and incredibly high ceilings. YMT had everything ready for us as usual...baggage handling, buses, room keys waiting before we checked in...not one hiccup or delay with any part of the tour....smooth as silk. What a company!!!

 

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Wednesday, 18 September 2013 21:08 Rick Malo
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Sonoma

Next, we were off to Sonoma Valley where there a quite a number of vineyards....many, again, on hillsides....terraced. The city hall pictured is pure California, lots of shopping again, mostly gifts and artwork of all kinds,. There are cast iron bells lining the highway that was “the Old Mission trail”. These bells were destroyed years ago and recast and hung near the highway to Sonoma. The bell pictured is the end of the Mission Trail. Then we visited Sabastiani Winery for an afternoon....great tasting session and tour, then back to San Francisco driving thru the terraced vineyards.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 18 September 2013 21:11 )
 
Wednesday, 18 September 2013 01:26 Rick Malo
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Sausalido:

Tour guide Madeline took us to this little tourist town right on the water. Great little shops, narrow streets, built on the side of a hill...It’s quite a climb for some folks to get to their front door. Any food you might enjoy, you’ll find at many of the restaurants....some right ON the water....they use piers to keep them up. We enjoyed a wonderful fish lunch here.

 

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