VISITING SEATTLE

Space Needle Seattle

I found some draft posts hidden away in a folder on my server – I don’t know how they got there and why I never published them, but never mind… I’m on the case now!

This is from a trip I took a few years ago, before I started to get serious about photography, which is why the pictures aren’t up to their normal standard.  Anyway…  I thought I’d go with it…

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Our flight from Anchorage to Seattle arrived at 6.30am, we were a little worried that our hotel wouldn’t let us check in that early and that we’d be stuck wandering round Seattle with yesterday’s knickers on.

Luckily the Edgewater on Pier 67 is fabulous and not only did they have a room ready for us straight away but the lovely receptionist gave us a free upgrade.  This hotel is completely stunning – we had a bathroom made entirely of slate, a fireplace, a four-poster bed made from wood and a private balcony over-looking the bay.
Edgewater Hotel Seattle

Unfortunately all the travel and the flight took its toll on us and meant that we spent the majority of our first day chilling out in the room (but when your hotel is that gorgeous surely that is allowed?), managing to get it together in the afternoon for a wander around Pike Place Market.

How amazing is Pike Place Market – I mean, seriously… the smells, the colours, the sounds… if it wasn’t for the fact that Philip kept tutting at me and giving me lots of subtle reminders that our suitcases were full and that it’s very difficult to get fresh food through customs, I would have spent an absolute fortune!
Pike Place Market Seattle

I had a huge coffee from the first ever Starbucks and we bought the most amazing cheesecakes from a little shop just off the market.  I had mint chocolate and quadruple chocolate (this thing was just delicious, I have never tasted anything so chocolately in my entire life and it wasn’t too rich) and Philip had peanut butter and chocolate and triple berry (can I just point out that he doesn’t ever eat Peanut butter at home, but as soon as we got to the States he couldn’t seem to stop eating it!)

The weather was really quite misty and spitting with rain for our whole trip, which was a shame, but didn’t stop us from doing most of the things that we wanted to.  We started with the Sculpture Garden before walking up the biggest hill ever, stopping only for absolutely amazing Sushi on the way up and then visiting the Space Needle – we spent ages taking pics from the top and had coffee – the gift shop at the bottom is fabulous and I spent far too much time and money in there.

Space Needle Seattle

Looking at my trusty map I could see that by taking the mono rail we would end up near Macy’s so we did that and after a bit more shopping we wandered back through Pike Place and onto the Ferry.  The views of Seattle from the ferry are just breath-taking.  It reminded us a bit of the water bus in Venice and it’s weird how sometimes taking public transport allows you to see the best sights!

Seattle Skyline

Dinner at a gorgeous fish restaurant finished off our trip to Seattle and although it was only a brief stop to explore Downtown I hope we’ll be able to go back and check out other parts of the City.

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