Seattle – USA

Seattle was my, or our, first trip outside of Canada this year. We went the last weekend of February 2020 and now I know that this was the best timing ever considering that not too long after that Corona evolved into a Pandemic. The borders to the USA were closed and travel was not recommended anyway. We went only for two days and took the first bus Saturday morning and the last one Sunday night. It was cheap and super quick to travel there from Vancouver. Even the border crossing was very convenient. As we already had an ESTA it was even quicker as we did not need to fill out a bigger form.

Who the one by my side was is what I keep to myself, as he does stay very private and does not share pictures or details of himself in social media. But it was great to travel with someone else after all the solo travels I did. On the second day he met an acquaintance from years ago form another trip. That guy accompanied us and thus tree travelers explored Seattle together which was loads of fun. Social interactions are what makes travel even better, no matter if planned for or not. I felt really inspired as the new friend is already in retirement but still decided travel the world during the last few years and was fit and healthy physically as well as mentally. Not many people in that age group can say that from themselves and are willing to give up their routines and homes to explore the world. Stunning and something I would aspire to myself. Maybe not fulltime, but definitely exploring on a regular basis, even more when I have time and hopefully some money saved up. It was so interesting to hear from his view at life and I was happy that we met him!

Apart from social life, Seattle itself was way better as I have expected. The city, at least in Europe, is not known as a city to travel to, there are more stunning cities on the west coast, but I must say, I really enjoyed it. Seattle has older as well as very modern architecture, busy streets, especially at the Pike Place Market, but also a more relaxing waterfront. Also, the creativity of the city may it be sculptures or graffiti, I really enjoyed it. The location, like Vancouver, with mountains in the background, sea water in front and a mild climate make Seattle very appealing to me. This city is definitely worth more than just a two-day trip. I hope, that when this pandemic is over or at least under control, that we can do at another weekend trip to explore places we missed out and enjoy some more tastiness at the Pike Place Market πŸ˜‰ Btw. for only two days I did quite a lot of photographs and sorted out many more. So here you go with my impressions.

Pike Place Market

We did two tours in Seattle through Seattle Free Walking Tours, one was a Pike Place Market tour with samples and the other one the 101 Seattle tour with details about history and more. We enjoyed both a lot but the best by far was the second one given by the founder of the company. Highly recommend taking a tour with them as you decide yourself how much you tip or if you pay at all. In general, if I just stay somewhere short I try to do free walking tours as I feel the guides always gives their best, as they depend on tips and you see a lot in a short time.

Love this paining/ graffiti!
Take a close look to this beautiful being πŸ˜‰
It wasnΒ΄t mothers day back then, but happy mothersday to everyone who reads this today πŸ˜‰
Salmon and generally fish, this is what the region is most known for. We tried smoked samon, so tasty!
What a unique guy, really liked his style!
Totem polesa at Victor Steinbrueck Park.

Pioneer Square

This totem pole is part of the historic quarter the so called Pioneer Square.
Social workers handing out bags with essentials to homeless. Even though I am living in Vancouver for some month now, I never get used to the amount of homeless on the streets on the westcoast. As the climate is mild and they can survive outside in the winter it attracts a lot of homeless. It leaves a really sad feeling to me…
Chief Seattle, the one this city is namend after. Really enjoyed the story about him the tourist guide told us. A sad story but at the same time about a strong first native chief.
Smith tower.
Contrast of the old an the new…
As the tourist guy told us, Seattle has one of the most changing skylines which you can witness right here.

Waterfront

I enjoy photographing reflections πŸ™‚
Love the contrast of this factory and the orca in front of it…
… the other side of it also looks nice!
View across the Elliot Bay to the Bainbridge Island. We got recommended to take the ferry there to get a better view of the skyline, view the sunset or sunrise and stroll over the island. Unfortunatelly, the time was to short on a two day trip, but I hope we can do that the next time πŸ™‚
Harbor views.
Another stunning grafriti or is this more of a painting? Orcas are one of my favorite animals and I hope one day I can see a wild one in nature!
Bird in motion, who can tell me which kind it is?

No clue what this statue is called like. It marks the start of the Elliott Bay Trail. Depending on the time you see an adult or the kid, we experienced both, one on the way further and one on the way back. Click on the pictures above to enlarge. In this perspective it looks as if they are praising the Space Needle.

There is always an &…
Olympic Sculpture Park… Well, not my taste I must say…
Found this stone on the ground of the Seattle Center. So truth!
The Space Needle.
Seattle skyline view from the Kerry Park.
Zoom into the skyline πŸ˜‰

Seattle Public Library

Wow! I just saw online that people recommend to go there and yes, I do recommend this 100% as well! What an incredible building. Older than it looks like but beautiful in its unique architecture and design. Almost each level looks different and we spent way more time in this library than expected. We were just strolling through and were surprised in each new level! A must see!

The books in this library are definetly not the main part, even me as someone who does love to read only admit such hardly.
A rare photo of me πŸ˜‰
And without me πŸ˜‰
Bathroom selfie, these doors are definitely to low πŸ˜‰
Love this interior design!
Hey there πŸ˜‰
Really love this interior design!

Downtown

Seattle Art Museum.
DonΒ΄t ask me how this new build and not yet finished building is called, it was really hard to get it on one picture and I did not fully manage it. Really enjoyed Seattle especially architecture wise.
Sky View Observatory – Columbia Center, as I believe the highest building for now in Seattle.
When traveling, never forget to look up πŸ˜‰
Well, being in the USA, I have to photograph at least one flag πŸ˜‰
King Street Station.
Smith Tower and Columbia Center photographed from China town.
China town as you might have guessed πŸ˜‰

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