OH god. I almost switched to drinking Pepsi (even though I hate the taste) just to SPITE Coca Cola for having this monstrosity disguised as a "tourist attraction".
It is NOT a museum. It is an ADVERTISEMENT FOR COCA COLA. That's all you see. That's all you smell (I swear they pump in 'coke smell' through the vents). AND YOU HAVE TO PAY TO SEE IT. Sheesh.
You walk through the history of Coke. I think they made a passing joke about cocaine being in Coke, but they certainly didn't dwell on it. Hey, tell me about THAT, ya know. Who gives a fudge about the girl in the ads?
The only good thing about this tour: the part when it is over.
The second best thing about the tour: The area where you can drink all you want from "Sodas From Around The Wooorrrllldddd". There are some very good ones, and some very awful ones. BUt I won't tell you which country has the good drinks and which ones have the bad drinks. No one told me and I had to suffer not only through the tour, but through drinking squid-ink-flavoured-soda. Blech. Other countries don't hate us for our freedoms: they hate us for our tastebuds.
This is just one of two specialty "uniform" shops in Yakima (the other being Northwest Uniforms which is located just across the street). They have a large, but somewhat limited supply of scrubs, and an even smaller nursing shoe selection.
The problem I have with their scrubs is that you have two choices: Solid color or Design. And that would normally be a good thing, but all of the 'design' scrubs are cartoon characters and made in women's sizes--a bit hard for my male-nurse husband to buy cute non-solid colour scrubs. Even I don't feel like wearing Mickey Mouse every day. I just wish they had a larger selection of unisex design scrubs that weren't cartoon characters but something a bit more 'neutral'.
At any rate, if you have to buy your scrubs in person, this is one of your only 2 choices. I think it's better to get them from a catalog, though, because you really are limited in choices here.
Area 51, located in Capitol Hill, is a very trendy, very retro, very "mod" furniture store. Lots of plastic and plexiglass and chrome and geometry. THink "Barbarella"...
At any rate, they do have interesting furniture and accessories but hooo doggie are they way expensive. I saw a couch in there that I SWEAR my uncle had in his living room in the mid 70's that he got from JC Penny for no MORE than $500 for the whole living room set, and Area 51 is selling it (just the couch) for $2500?? Oi vey.
Their stuff is neat for sure but it is terribly unaffordable. However jealous I am that my pad will never look as striking and chromey as it would if I could afford to shop at Area 51, I still enjoy going there just to look around at all the stuff. It really makes me hate my parents for throwing out all the ugly 1970's furniture I grew up around. If they hadn't thrown it out, I could have easily sold it to Area 51 and be a billionaire by now.
Thanks alot, mom and dad....
I'll go ahead and say it now: Toys in Babeland is a sex shop. They sell vibrators, dildos, harnessess, lube...just a whole bunch of stuff.
But I'll tell you something else: It's not creepy, it's not dirty, and it's okay to shop here. Honest.
The store isn't located in the "industrial area" boonies. There is not a 6-ft wooden fence around the parking lot. This store is smack dab in the middle of Capitol Hill, glass window (with interesting and frank window displays) and all.
This store is woman owned and caters primarly to women, although all are welcome. Their product assortment is out on display, with batteries (if necessary) so that you can actually FEEL what you're buying before you buy it. You can touch it, etc. Nothing locked up in boxes here. They want you to be..ahem..satisfied with your purchase.
STaff is very knowledgeable and friendly and more than willing to answer any questions you may have, no matter how "embarassing" those questions might be.
Highly HIGHLY reccomended. Very uplifting store and socially conscious as well.
Cost Plus is a very nice store located in the waterfront area of Belltown. They have a huge selection of just all kinds of stuff: furniture, accent peices, gourmet foods & wine, decorations, baskets, frames, little paper umbrellas to hang from the ceiling, etc.
Like their name says, they have alot of items from Asia and so there's alot of dark red buddhas and paper parasols. IT's nice though and their things are not overpriced at all.
Nice place to shop, especially at Christmas because they have the most interesting assortment of ornaments!
Very nice store tucked away in Capitol Hill in unassuming store-front. Large selection of middle eastern and indian wares including clothing, incense, music, foods, art, etc. There is definitely something here for everyone. Sales staff is super friendly and personable. Also can sit here and have a spot of tea while you enjoy conversations with strangers.
Very highly reccomended. Always come here when I visit seattle and load up on really great, really cheap incense. They also have essential oils which are better than ANY perfume you can get in a store. Why smell like J.Lo when you can smell...unique?
THis is a perfectly fine zoo in Seattle. Just in Tacoma is Point Defiance Zoo, and between the two of them you get a really nice zoo/aquarium experience.
Woodland Park Zoo is located in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle. Admission is a bit steep and you have to pay for parking (around $4 per car). THe exhibits are interesting and diverse. There is a 'butterfly' house that you can visit but it's an extra $1 admission to get to see that.
Lots here for families. Many (pricey) restaurants to choose from. Nice place to spend a day and forget that you're in a big city!
I love Charles Towne Landing. It is the site of the first settlement in South Carolina. The park is just filled with tons of open park areas for picnics and such, as well as a zoo that you walk through, an interpretive center, and a mock-up 1600's house and village to tour through. During the summer months, there are volunteers there that live and work in the village (not really) to give you an idea of what life was like during that time.
This is just loads of fun. I've been going to this park since I was a kid and it is just tons of fun. Not expensive at all and sadly missed by many Tourists. Or is that a good thing afterall???
The Ballard Locks are just great. There is a fish ladder here so you can see the salmon coming back from the ocean and going to their fresh-water birthing grounds. It's very interesting.
There are huge park grounds which are perfect for lazing on a summer's day or havinga picnic. Bring some bread and feed the geese or sea gulls.
The most fascinating part is the locks themselves. They divide the park into the Ballard Side and the Magnolia Side, and its the way all the boats get from Lake Union into Elliott Bay, and how the big fish/crab boats from Fisherman's Terminal get out to open water. IT's very neat to see.
Highly reccomended and it's FREE FREE FREE
I love the Seattle Aquarium. It gives me a perfect excuse to go to the waterfront (or perhaps the waterfront gives me a perfect excuse to go to the Aquarium....)
Large, full exihibits. Fun for the whole family. Love the family of beavers and love even more the large red Pacific Octopus that glares at you with its eye that is larger than its brain.
Also have touch-tanks for kids AND adults AND the touch-tank security guards actually allow adults (even those without kids) to manhandle the sea-life, which is nice, because alot of aquariums have NO ADULT TOUCHING rules which (personally) I think suck.
Highly reccomended. Always a crowd. Kind of expensive to get in, but they have discounts if you buy Aquarium & IMAX tickets at the same time.