Thursday, August 15, 2013

sightseeing in Seattle

 Here are a few pictures from my trip to Seattle.  I was there for less than a week, but walked a ton and saw quite a bit.  This first picture is at Lake Union.  On Sundays, the Center for Wooden Boats has limited free boat rides of about an hour each.  I got a ride on a steam powered boat called the Puffin.  We got quite close to some of the houseboats there and the tour guide pointed out the boat from Sleepless in Seattle
That same day I took the bus to the Ballard neighborhood and walked around the farmer's market there, then went to see the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks.  There was also a fish ladder where I saw some salmon swimming upstream.  If I had had more time, I would have looked around the garden.

The next morning I went to Olympic Sculpture Park.  It was near the waterfront and had many unique, large sculptures.
This is the Waterfall Garden which is tucked in the area of Seattle called Pioneer Square.  A small but peaceful spot that is worth a stop.
At Washington Park Arboretum I walked around for several hours...you could get lost.  Lots of flowers, trees and paths, including a trail to a couple of islands on Lake Washington.
 
My friend came after I had been there for a few days.  We went to the downtown area and saw where Starbucks began.  We walked around Pike Public Market.  So much to see, and a place that I would visit again.  We did get to see the employees throwing fish at the Pike Place Fish Market
 After eating supper, we went to see the Space Needle.  It was getting close to dark when we went up to the observation deck.  We could see out over the whole city.  It was cool to see the lights on all the buildings as it was getting dark.  This is a picture I took of the Needle after we got down. 


The Museum of History and Industry is a must see if you are interested in Seattle's history.  It was the museum's free day (first Thursday of the month) and rather crowded.  I didn't see the whole thing well because of the crowds and the time it would have taken to see it.
Other things I saw while there were the waterfront, Seattle Central Library (it is ten floors), the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, St. James Cathedral, parts of Chinatown, Kobe Terrace, Wing Luke Museum, and lots of different people. When I first got there, I wondered how I would fill five days in Seattle, but there was so much to see that I ran out of time.  

Two things surprised me about Seattle...I was there for five days and it never once rained, though it was often overcast in the mornings.  The second surprise was the number of homeless people in the downtown area asking for money or sleeping in a park.

4 comments:

Jan R. said...

Seattle is a fascinating city, so glad you got to see it! Pike's Fish Market was my favorite place.

Melissa S said...

Sounds like a fun trip -- good to hear you had a mini vacation! I would like to visit Seattle someday and take the train up to Canada for the day.

cydney said...

I enjoyed looking at your 'trip blog', sounds like you had a good time. I am glad you got to do so much sight-seeing in a short amount of time. I have only been to the capitol of Washington,Olympia, which is a beautiful little city.

Audrey said...

Clair, thanks for sending this so I could read about your trip,! Someday Maybe I can go there with you. Looks like a fascinating city. And you made the most of it AA