When my good friend Amy and her hubby were in town, we did a day trip to Seattle. It wasn’t planned, it just happened. Unplanned trips are always the best. We went on Wednesday 9th August. It seems like ages ago and that’s because it was.
I hired a car from the trusty people of Enterprise, I really can’t blow their trumpet enough. I have never driven across a border before so I was little apprehensive, even though I had nothing to hide. We did have to fill some forms in and pay a fee to get into the US. However we arrived at a good time and the queue wasn’t crazy. Setting off at 6:30am had its benefits.
The original plan was to park downtown, however close to Seattle I saw a sign for park and ride. We parked up and hopped on a double decker bus into downtown which was hassle free and bank balance friendly.
The first thing we did was visit the Pike Place Market. It was heaving but cool to explore the various levels, sloping corridors and stalls on offer. You can literally buy anything your heart desires there. It is a must see when visiting Seattle. I wish I bought flowers. The florists featured in the market were so cheap and beautiful.
Close to Pike Place market is the very first Starbucks, however the huge crowd flowing out the door made me not want to step inside. I must see over 10 Starbucks a day in Vancouver so I wasn’t completely blown away but cool to say I’ve seen the very first Starbucks in the flesh.
Also at the market is the famous Gum Wall. I’m not sure how this started but it is basically a wall filled with various types of chewed gum. It was pretty gross but have you ever seen a gum wall? It also makes interesting photos.
After stopping for a beer and a coke for Amy we headed to the monorail which takes you to the Space Needle. I’d say the monorail is more of a tourist trap rather than an actual mode of transport. It’s a fun way to see the city from the sky and even better when you get a seat at the front sat next to the fat controller. He wasn’t fat, it just reminded me of Thomas the Tank Engine for some weird reason.
Due to forest fires in BC, the visibility in Seattle wasn’t great so we decided against going up the Space Needle. We did have a wander in the gift shop, yes I love a gift shop. There’s a few things around the Space Needle, like the Museum of Pop Culture, Pacific Science Centre and Seattle’s Children’s Museum. I was pleased to see the Chihuly Gardens and Glass which exhibits Dale Chihuly’s glass sculptures.
I studied Dale Chihuly in my art class at school so I was happy to have a look around. The $24 entry fee isn’t bank breaking and you can also get packages which include entrance to the Space Needle and other tourist attractions. It blows my mind how you can create such colourful and interesting shapes with glass.
Before leaving Seattle we were hungry so we made our way to Serious Pie for some tasty pizza. We were not disappointed. I even had two because it was cheaper than one. In my defence they were small pizzas.
I would love to go back and stay over night. And then head towards Portland because it isn’t too far from there. I’ll see you soon Seattle.