Melinda Hoyt
Seattle, United States
https://seattletoshanghai.com/
In 2013, I achieved my dream of living abroad. I write about living in China & adventures around the world.
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Waiheke Island, New Zealand for Wine and Swimming

A great day trip from Auckland is to grab a ferry (1 hour) to Waiheke Island. It’s a quaint little island where you can find great food and wine. We rented scooters and toured around and found an awesome little swimming beach (forget the name, its’ just 15 minutes east of ferry) and then for…

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Seattle, WA, United States for Seattle Asian Art Museum

Taking advantage of a sunny, not-so-freezing day in Seattle, we set out to experience the Seattle Asian Art Museum. Set in a gorgeous location in Volunteer Park near Capital Hill, we were blown away by the stunning collection in the 1933 Art Deco building.  Originally the site of the SAM, it now houses classic Asian…

Galway, Ireland for Shopping

Today we ventured down the cow path and into town.  As we started to exit the hobbit hole, we paused as two very large black cows stormed down the “road” with their humans herding them into the adjacent field.  So, exactly what do we do if we encounter this type of situation again but we…

New York City, NY, United States for NYC Public LIbrary

SHHHHHH….the librarian tour guide at the NYC Public Library glared at Thom and I as we quietly discussed a salient point to what she was elaborating on.  DO. NOT. TALK.  The message was clear and, properly chastised, we tried to remain silent for the rest of the free one hour tour.  Damn, it’s hard to be…

Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam for Awesome Service

The Park Hyatt in Saigon is THE place to stay. First and foremost, the service was ridiculous from the multiple smiling faces to open the large doors at the entrance to the desk clerk to the pool guy to the restaurant staff. All happy, smiling, engaging and over the top with their friendliness. All spoke…

Bruges, Belgium for Wandering A Medieval Town

Bruges was always on our “must” destination list if we visited Europe. Expecting to see a small medieval city with the iconic Bell Tower as featured in the movie, “In Bruges”, we were shocked to turn the corner of the winding brick road into the city and find a commercial boulevard with a Zara, McDonald’s,…

Vancouver, BC, Canada for Walking tours

Now, I have never dug into the history of Vancouver before but now I can say with authority that this is a city built in a very similar manner as Seattle and San Francisco with a bounty of natural resources and a wild, wild west attitude.  After seeing great reviews on TripAdvisor, I signed my…

Chicago, IL, United States for Girl’s Weekend

Girl’s Weekend! My sister Becky along with our best friend since grade school, Patti, and I took on Chicago for a glorious girl’s only experience which featured food, fun, music and, of course, wine. Oh. Yeah. We have been best friends for 45 years believe it or not. I know, how can that be??? We…

Seattle, WA, United States for Craft Cocktails/Speakeasy

After wandering the block looking for Foreign National, I spied an unique door tucked away between other restaurants-found it! Through the layers of beads and velvet curtains, we quickly hopped into a communal booth with strangers as the space is limited and in high demand. While we sat and enjoyed our cocktail creations, other bar…

Seattle, WA, United States for Speakeasies

“Go to the far side of the room. Pick up the phone and identify yourself. We will come and get you at the metal door.” Thus, our speakeasy adventure in Seattle began on a hot Friday night. Interesting that speakeasies are, by nature, supposed to be secret and exclusive but they are trending all over…

The Hague, Netherlands for Old World Elegance

I gasped when I entered our room at the Hotel Des Indes. So, we stayed in The Hague primarily due to my desire to utilize all those wonderful hotel points I’ve accrued from my travels. When you use points, sometimes you get an awesome room and sometimes you don’t. Luckily, this was one of those…

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