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Young Woman, Girl, Mother and Child - a statue by Akio Takamori outside of a Whole Foods in Seattle, Washington.

Akio Takamori’s Young Woman, Girl, Mother and Child

I stumbled upon these statues on my first day vacationing in Seattle. While meticulously following my map from my hotel room in Seattle Center to Capitol Hill, I passed these sculptures and couldn’t help but stop for a moment to check them out. Standing outside of a Whole Foods store there were three seven-foot statues depicting a rosy-cheeked Asian family...

God Bless America - American Gothic Statue by J. Seward Johnson - in Chicago, Illinois.

God Bless America – American Gothic Statue

While much of American culture is based on the philosophy that “bigger is better,” creating something too big can sometimes be controversial. Currently, in Sarasota, Florida, a 25-foot rendering of “The Kiss,” entitled “Unconditional Surrender” is causing a ruckus and debates between supporters and opponents. While some like the...

Moose (W-02-03), a chrome moose statue on Michigan Ave. in Chicago, Illinois.

Moose (W-02-03) in Chicago, Illinois

Chicago’s Michigan Avenue isn’t considered the “Magnificent Mile” for nothing. A stretch along the street plays home to shops galore, restaurants, skyscrapers, and river views that keep tourists coming back. But alongside business and pleasure there is a wacky side to the street that showcases some of the silliest sites Chicago has to offer...

Jack Brickhouse Memorial Statue in Chicago, Illinois.

Jack Brickhouse Memorial Statue in Chicago, Illinois

Jack Brickhouse was a Chicago sports legend. Although he wasn’t known for swinging a bat or tossing a pitch he was known for his contributions to both of Chicago’s baseball teams as an announcer. From 1948 to 1981 Brickhouse called Cubs games on WGN-TV and had also called for the White Sox until they left WGN in 1968. In 1981 he retired from announcing...

The Space Needle in Seattle, Washington.

Seattle Space Needle in Seattle, Washington

You can’t possibly talk about Seattle as a travel destination without talking about the Space Needle! Seattle has one of the most unique skylines in the world. While most are known for skyscrapers, Seattle’s has a slightly shorter alienesque tower that would rival something in a sci-fi movie. The Space Needle was constructed for the 1962 World’s...

Mudgarden Experience from the Jim Henson's Fantastic World exhibit at the Experience Music Project/Sciience Fiction Museum in Seattle, Washington.

Jim Henson’s Fantastic World & Mudgarden Experience

As often the case with museums I wasn’t able to take any actual photos inside Experience Music Project and the Science Fiction Museum. While I often see people sneaking photos or taking one pretending they didn’t know it was against the rules, I try to stick to the rules and will only take photos where they are allowed (my one exception to this was in the...

Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame in Seattle, Washington.

Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame in Seattle, Washington

In 2004 the Science Fiction Museum in Seattle opened its doors within the walls of Gehry’s EMP building. The Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame is one of only two public Sci-Fi museums in the world (the other being Maison d’Ailleurs in Yverdon-les-Bains, Swizerland) and is devoted to the ideas and experiences of science fiction in all its...

Experience Music Project (EMP) in Seattle, Washington

Experience Music Project (EMP) in Seattle, Washington

Seattle is known for many things, and besides being the birthplace of Starbucks and the modern coffee shop it was also the birth place to the musical genre of grunge. In the 1990s Seattle was a center for groundbreaking music, so it is only appropriate that in the heart of the city they would open a museum devoted to those roots: Experience Music Project (EMP). The...

The Original Starbucks in Seattle, Washington

The Original Starbucks in Seattle, Washington

Confession: While I like to emphasize the importance of eating locally while on the road, sometimes when you leave on a road trip at 5am you just really need to stop at a Starbucks and get an ultra-caffeinated espresso drink to get you going. And quite often I do. But also keep in mind that most every chain had to start somewhere and once too was just a local...

The world's tallest man Robert Wadlow's birth house in Alton, Illinois.

Robert Wadlow’s Birth House in Alton, Illinois

Robert Wadlow’s Birth House stands near the statue of Robert Wadlow, the World’s Tallest Man, and the replica of his chair on the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Dental Medicine in Alton, Illinois. It is a restoration project of the Cole-Clark Carriage House and the Robert Wadlow Birth House. Robert Pershing Wadlow (also...