TRAVEL HAS ALWAYS HAD A WAY of connecting people to the land, literally stepping us out of our comfort zones and onto an entirely new terrain with different sights, sounds and adventures. Exploring makes the world seem both bigger and smaller at the same time, and now, with more ecotourism options than ever, we can expand our horizons without widening our footprint.
The city took its name from Athena, goddess of wisdom, strategy and war, and protector of the city. The financial, political and administrative center of the country and an all-powerful city-state in antiquity, Athens is a major center of culture. A visit to the first-ever museum dedicated to Byzantium, a stroll around the National Garden and a trip to the Olympeion archaeological site will take you back through time.
Arrival/Check-In: Anytime you travel to Seattle in the winter and spring months, you need to prepare for chilly winds and rain. I was ready for the weather during my recent trip to Seattle, arriving Sunday for a week of meetings all over the city. The Edgewater Hotel sits at Pier 67 on Alaskan Way, the only property on Elliot Bay. As the area is not overcrowded with buildings, it’s easy to find, with a driveway leading to friendly valets and a stone fireplace blazing to welcome guests. As you enter the lobby you get the full ambience of the Pacific Northwest. Overstuffed club chairs and decorative antler-inspired floor lamps encourage you to relax and enjoy the awe-inspiring view of the bay from its floor-to-ceiling windows. After I spent a few moments staring in awe, the front desk staff checked me in.