The last days have been very busy so I missed the chance to prepare you guys for this: Moritz and I will be in the US for the next 4.5 weeks, traveling from Seattle via Vancouver (BC), Glacier NP, Yellowstone NP, Moab and Rocky Mountains NP to Denver. So for the next few weeks, the subtitle of my blog “…and traveling around the world” will be filled with life again
We arrived in Seattle yesterday around noon. We checked into our lovely hotel, “The Roosevelt”…
..and had the afternoon for our first discovery tour. Obviously, we went to the place to be in Seattle (no, I’m not talking about Starbuck’s…): The Pike Place Market.
The market opened in 1907 and is one of the oldest markets in the US. It spans nine acres and holds more than 200 shops of farmers and craftsmen.
I loved the bouquets of flowers you could buy there. Huge bouquets with colorful, rather exotic flowers for ridiculous 10 dollars!!!
And of course you find fresh seafood at the market.
The most famous shop at the market is definitely the “Pike Place Fish Market”
Buying fish there – or watching others doing so – is a must! The term “flying fish” get’s a whole new meaning and if you’re lucky enough, you find yourself cathing one – or trying to do so – yourself! Unfortunately, I was never quick enough to get a picture of a fish flying above the crowd of spectators… You simply have to visit Seattle and the Pike Place Market yourself!
For our first dinner on this vacation, we chose the “Sound View Café” at the market. We got a table at the window and had a nice view over to the harbor and the observation wheel.
I can definitely recommend going there. The food is delicious, very fresh, and the prices are reasonable. I had a BBQ Salmon Sandwich and Moritz the Veggi Burger.
We started our second day visiting the second best known place in Seattle: the first Starbucks coffee shop, which is located next to Pike Place Market. So for all of you Starbucks addicts, here’s the source of your desires:
Fun Fact: As far as I know, this is the only Starbucks where you can get merchandise with the original brown logo.
From here, we walked through Belltown…
… to visit the Space Needle (some people go as far and claim this tower is even more worth a visit than the first Starbucks store… )
The Space Needle was build in 1962 for the World’s Fair. It should have been torn down afterwards. However, private investors (one of them was the architect!) bought the tower and made it to one of the main tourist attractions of Seattle.
We visited the observation deck which is located at 160 meter above the ground. The elevator ride up there costs you 18 dollars but I have to say, it’s worth it. You’ve got an awesome view from up there…
…over to the skyline of Seattle…
…and Lake Union (where Tom Hanks lives with his son in the movie “Sleepless in Seattle”)
When we came down from the Space Needle, we decided to walk a bit:
-to Lake Union
-all the way back to the piers
-and over to Pioneer Square
And then, we didn’t want to walk no more… So we decided to sit around while sightseeing, and booked an one hour harbor cruise with Argosy Cruises !
What a brilliant idea! We had lovely views of the skyline…
…went to see how some of the container ships are being loaded up…
… and even spotted some wildlife
What a lovely day! And the best, and most miraculous: It did not rain the whole time!!
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