Well, me, for one, but that’s neither here nor there.
And if every library was as cool as the central branch of the Seattle Public Library maybe more people would. Nestled in the middle of downtown Seattle, the 11-story steel-and-glass behemoth sits on the same block where the Emerald City’s first central library opened in 1905.… Continue Reading →
The Smithsonian Institution was founded in honor of a man who never came to America or lived to see it built. In fact, it is because of his death, and the subsequent death of his nephew, that the museum was funded in the first place.… Continue Reading →
When Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in 1865, the public immediately called for a memorial to honor the man that preserved the Union. First, there was a statue put up in 1868 in front of city hall, but that was just not enough.… Continue Reading →
Stepping into Cargo in Portland’s Pearl District is like entering Alibaba’s cave. Filled to the rafters with lacquered furniture, silk lanterns, beads, party favors and everything in-between, this shopping mecca is a must-see for the decorating maximalist.
Amazon & your Kindle may be convenient, but there’s just no substitute for the pleasure that browsing in a great bookstore can bring, and Powell’s is definitely a great bookstore. With over a million books in stock, the depth and breadth of the selection is breathtaking.… Continue Reading →
Stumptown Coffee is a legend, and for good reason, in a city obsessed with coffee, it’s hands down the best place to score your caffeine fix. There are no drip machines behind the counter – each airpot of coffee is filled from french presses; and each latte is lovingly crafted by the baristas.… Continue Reading →
The best way to reach the Silver Pavilion is to follow the Philopher’s Path. This two-kilometer long footpath hugs the Higashiyama mountains that make up the eastern border of Kyoto. The path follows the Lake Biwa Canal from Nanzen-ji Temple, past Eikan-do Temple to Ginkaku-ji Temple.… Continue Reading →
In the 15th century, the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa built his retirement home in the foothills of the mountains in eastern Kyoto. He modeled the building after the retirement home of his grandfather, which would become the Golden Pavilion. When he died in 1490, the home became a Buddhist temple in accordance with his will.… Continue Reading →
Although only a little over 100 years old, the Heian Shrine is very popular among visitors and residents. Built in 1895, to celebrate Kyoto’s 1100th anniversery and dedicated to Emperor Kammu who made Kyoto the capital of Japan in the 8th century (Kyoto remained the capital for next 1000 years, until the Meiji Restoration); the shrine was built to be a 5/8 replica of the Heian Palace, the original imperial palace in Kyoto.… Continue Reading →