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When we have friends or family members visiting from out of town, there are a few spots we almost always include in our sightseeing rotation. This week we visited several usual suspects, one of which was Harbour Public House on Bainbridge Island, a popular weekend destination of ours.
It wasn’t exactly what you might call “in the neighborhood” since it required a short ferry ride, but it did offer some some breathtaking views of the Seattle skyline. Not surprisingly, the weather didn’t exactly cooperate to give us any views of Mount Rainier, but there’s something special about being on the water and gazing out on the unique landscape of the Pacific Northwest.
Even as a local, I enjoy sightseeing when we have guests in town. Somehow it makes me feel like a tourist in my own city, and it forces me to take a break from my usual routines to focus on the special relationships in my life.
I took a break from email. I took a break from my writing projects. I took a break from the gym. And, quite honestly, taking it felt really nice. Sightseeing helps us refresh our views, and it also helps us appreciate some of the things we so often take for granted.
When was the last time you were a tourist in your own city?