2017 Travel Overview

Previous years-in-review – 2016, 201520142013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009

Some of our travel stats for the year:

  • 120k total air miles on 6 airlines: American Airlines, Southwest, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, WestJet, and Malaysian Airlines
  • 7 countries visited: we returned to the UK, Italy, Canada, France, and China, plus we added first time visits to Malaysia and Vatican City.
  • Domestically, we made return trips to Chicago, New York, Portland, Seattle, and Florida, whilst (finally) visiting Minnesota.

2017 was a year of memorable food and art:

  • lime juice, curries and satay plus Georgetown street art in Malaysia
  • multiple pubs plus theater shows in London
  • amazing pasta and paninis plus the Uffizi Gallery and Vatican Museums in Italy
  • Speyside whisky festival in Scotland
  • big Midwestern portions plus the Sculpture Garden in Minneapolis
  • beef stew, wine and pastries plus the Fontainebleau Palace, Musée d’Orsay, and the Louvre in Paris
  • wine tasting in Oregon and Washington
  • xiao long bao and the circus in Shanghai

And as always, our annual end of year video, featuring “One Foot” by Walk the Moon. Enjoy!

Shanghai 2017: overnight to Hangzhou

Wednesday For the middle of our trip we decided to visit one of the nearby cities, Hangzhou, which is famous for its leafy West Lake. To get there we took the metro about 45 minutes to the cavernous Shanghai Hongqiao train station where we planned … [Continue reading]

Shanghai: Qibao Ancient Town + Shanghai Circus

Rain was in the forecast and arrived as promised on Tuesday morning. After breakfast, we waited a bit for the rain to let up then jumped on the subway for about 40 minutes to Qibao Ancient Town. Exiting the subway, we were greeted with misting rain … [Continue reading]

Shanghai: Yuyuan Gardens + Tianxifang

Our hotel was about a ten minute walk from the famous Yuyuan Gardens, so we decided to start there. After making our way through the maze of stores we found the small ticket counter, where it was all-cash. Unfortunately, purchasing our tickets to the … [Continue reading]

Shanghai 2017: overview, arrival, and hotel

Beijing was our first trip to mainland China two years ago, and it left us with a bad taste in our mouths. Literally - the air quality was so bad when we visited that it hurt our throats. But China is a big place, so we knew we had to give it another … [Continue reading]

Pacific NW: Efeste & exploring Bellevue

Our only wine tasting for the day was EFESTĒ to pick up our semi-annual allotment and try out some additional wines. Since it was Monday, we were the only people in the tasting room which meant a relaxed and casual tasting experience. Working our … [Continue reading]

Pacific NW: Woodinville Wineries and hanging with friends

After a leisurely breakfast at the hotel we met my friend Barb (from high school) & her husband, Jon at Davenport Cellars at noon. Phil was our wine pourer and he definitely opened up a bit when we started talking about travel and discovered we … [Continue reading]