Monday, April 21, 2014

At the Top: Gigapan from the Top of the Hub

In Boston, the main skybar for the city is called the Top of the Hub, which is located at the top of the Prudential Tower near the back bay. The view above is from the bar, which overlooks the city. My visit was during the winter, which leaves something to be desired, but during the summer this would be a wonderful view of the lush Boston Commons and historic core.

Prices for lunch are not that bad. $13 will get you a BLT, which is well above a deli counter but only slightly above a regular range for upscale restaurants. Drinks are also expensive, but not extreme. I actually didn't try any of the food this time around. The skybar isn't too bad of a deal if you are already planning on visiting the SkyWalk. $16 for admission or $16 for a glass of wine and about the same view. You decide.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

ExPatSeattleFlyerGuy - I am headed to California!

Well, it looks like I will soon be a Seattle expat. I am moving to California for a job and I leave, well, tomorrow. I am really, really, really going to miss Seattle, but this is a step in the right direction professionally. I have a lot to catch up on here on the blog that has been delayed thanks to the move and new job, so let me give a little taste of what is to come...

Monday, April 07, 2014

Flight Report: Seattle to Boston with a Flightlapse

The best part of the new rules that allow electronics is that in most cases, it means I can have my cameras out at all times on the flight. This is fantastic and I have been able to get some great shots as a result, as well as more fully realizing the whole "flightlapse" idea. This trip was on a United 757-200 from SEA to ORD and then onward to BOS. My last few flights have not been all that great for the views due to them being mainly at night or winter weather, but this time around the weather was about perfect and the camera was rolling throughout the trip.

While taxiing to the runway, I got sight of two interesting planes. The first below is a Hainan Airlines 787. I still have not been on one of those yet, but I am looking forward to it sometime soon. It is just a beautiful plane and I want to see the wings in action first hand (there's a good video of the flex here and another that shows how the wings are articulated here and here).

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival: Holland or the Pacific Northwest?

Spring is always one of my top seasons for Seattle. The city feels fresh, the UW cherry trees stand in bloom, and the weather is hinting at the warmth of summer to come. On top of all of the flowers and trees in the city, we also have the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in Mount Vernon. It is about an hour and a half to the north and offers a taste of what Holland is like around this time.

If you are planning on heading up, the time is almost right. The fields are in the process of blooming and should be at full bloom within the next couple of weens (4/12 to 4/20). Right now, there are more than enough to be surrounded by flowers and for them to be a sight to see, but in a week or two it will be overwhelming. It really is quite pretty and for $5 (including parking), this is a pretty inexpensive excursion.

For more information, click here to check out their website and here to see a map of the fields that are currently in bloom!

After the break, nine more pictures of the fields and flowers! Click just below to see the rest!

Friday, April 04, 2014

At the Top: Top of the Mark, San Francisco

Another check off my skybar list: Top of the Mark, San Francisco! I ended up here just after the sunset at grandview park. Although this is "only" on the 19th floor, it commands a great view over the city due to being perched on top of Nob Hill. This space was once a penthouse suite, but it was converted in 1939 into a cocktail lounge. The drink prices aren't amazingly out of line with what you would expect ($13-15/drink), but if you get a seat by the window it does give you sense of being above the city.

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

San Francisco: Grand View Park has a grand view!

I only had two days in the bay area to look around (although that is about to change), but during the second day I ended up at the San Francisco Botanical Gardens (below) and then caught the stunning sunset above. This is from Grand View Park, which is appropriately named and about a mile from the botanical gardens.