We docked in Seattle on Sunday morning to pouring rain!! It rained all day without letting up at all. They do call Seattle the rainy city!
We found our accommodation recommended by a friend and our apartment was fantastic. Walking distance to the shopping district and to the Pike Place Markets and as we were later to find out...walking distance to everywhere we needed to go!
Pike Place Markets
Our first afternoon called for a wet walk to the markets to check out the Famous Flying Fish...they didn't disappoint...we had a good laugh as they threw fish to and fro after someone ordered. We had a good look around while we waited for the rain to ease...but that didn't happen so we gathered some supplies...namely cheese, salami, fresh bread and red wine for a cozy dinner in our room. We made the wet walk home down Pike Street and were happy to know that we were now settled for the next few days.
Monday allowed us to have a lazy morning and then set off on a sightseeing tour for 3 hours. We used this to orient ourselves with where everything was so we could find our way back to the areas of interest. We visited Pioneer Square, Burrard Locks, Fremont and its famous Troll, Lake Union and Lake Washington. We finished the day back at the Markets for dinner at Etty's...Dungeness Crab Cakes...half a crab...yummy crab salad and then some cod...a very yummy fishy affair. We then walked it all off on the way home.
Make sure you look up...
Fast Food Van
The Original Starbucks
Tuesday we played tourist all day. We began the morning with a tour of the Boeing Factory...very interesting indeed...huge factory setup and amazing technology to go with it.
Next we visited the Space Needle and fortunately for us the weather was great so the views were vast from the top of the tower. We then rode the...very short...monorail and wandered our way back to the hotel via the markets for some dinner supplies before heading home.
Wednesday was a quiet day...in the afternoon I hit the shops for a little retail therapy before we headed out to Safeco Field for a baseball game. We watched the Seattle Mariners play the Los Angeles Angels...the Mariners played way better and won the game. It was fun seeing all the food sellers walking up and down and with all that was going on around us it was hard to concentrate on the game! A fun night and then an interesting walk home past lots of homeless people, but at no time did we feel unsafe...once we got closer to the city centre there were lots of people walking around.
We have loved Seattle...a really great place to visit!
Thursday...going home day...part of me is sad it is all over...and part of me is ready to get home...shame we have such a long flight to go to get there...
What an amazing time we have had travelling for the last 5 weeks...hmmm...time to look at all the photos...savour all the memories and then...plan the next trip.