Seattle, WA

S E A T T L E  L O V E *

Hi loves! It’s finally time to post and write about Seattle (the Emerald City) and I could not be more excited to share these photos. The end of 2017 was truly a blessing - after 8 days in Kauai, I got to spend 5 days in Seattle and it was magical. I’ve wanted to visit Seattle for a long time, but it was never the right moment. I almost went two years ago, but decided on a road trip instead and for all the other times, it was not the right season, too expensive, not enough time, etc.(it’s actually really easy to find reasons not to travel - even for me who is constantly talking about going somewhere). But last year, G. and I, decided it was time and after finding a very good deal for tickets, we were going! It was not when I would have ideally loved to go (i.e., spring or summer) but I was going and it was all that mattered. Seattle is known to be a rainy city - but not the rainiest city in the U.S. So I expected rain all day, everyday, because well, it was the end of December. I remember reading that sometimes there was a sunny day here and there, but was not too hopeful about it. I remember being ok with the fact that it might rain non stop (I actually love the rain, but when you travel and spend much of your day outside, it’s not always fun). After all, we live in sunny Cali, so some rain from time to time feels relaxing. All this to say that we actually got really lucky and it only rained about once or twice. We had a clear blue sky almost everyday! It was hard to believe. It was a bit cold though (especially after Kauai where we were sunbathing on the beach ha), but oh how I loved the city. Every time I visit a new place, I am always so sad to leave it and without surprises, I felt the same way about Seattle. The city was really easy to visit, I loved its relax atmosphere and cultural history. 

Our hotel (Hotel Max - which I loved so much) was in downtown and it was a very convenient location. We have been able to walk almost everywhere so it was great. 

& the food was so amazing (I'm still not over it):

Radiator Whiskey (Dinner/Drinks)- 94 Pike St #30, Seattle, WA 98101
Le Caviste (Dinner/Drinks)- 1919 7th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
Lola (Brunch)- 2000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
Beecher's Handmade Cheese (Cheese/Lunch)- 1600 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101
Salty's on Alki Beach (Dinner)- 1936 Harbor Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98126
Miller's Guild (Breakfast/Brunch)- 612 Stewart St, Seattle, WA 98101
Mr. West Cafe Bar (Coffee/Breakfast)- 720 Olive Way, Seattle, WA 98101

Seattle is located in Washington State, in the North-West of the U.S. There is so much that I want to see in this state, but not rushing and taking the time to explore the city was truly amazing. I could have stayed longer (as always) and already can’t wait to go back. I am really in love with these photos, hope you enjoy them too * 

* P I K E  P L A C E  M A R K E T  &  G U M  W A L L

One of Seattle's biggest attractions is Pike Place Market, a public market located next to the Waterfront. I know it might not seem like the most glamorous thing to visit, but there is a great atmosphere and great food. It's popular, animated, colored and there are lots of fish, flowers and other little merchants (jewelry, etc.). That is also where can be found the first Starbucks (not exactly the first, but the second and more touristy one). In fact, the first Starbucks coffee opened in Seattle. The store was really crowded, but the line to enter was pretty quick, and there are lots of souvenirs to buy with the first Starbucks' logo on it. 
Right by the market, located in a small alley, there is the Gum Wall. As the name indicates, the walls are covered in gums. I was really excited to see this place, it's weird, but it reflects so much Seattle's spirit. 

* W A T E R F R O N T  &  S E A T T L E  G R E A T  W H E E L

I love that the Waterfront is so easily accessible. It's beautiful and so nice to breathe the fresh air right at the edge of a city. That's where you can find the Aquarium, several restaurants, some neon signsWings Over Washington (VR attraction) and Seattle Great Wheel. The view at the top of the wheel was gorgeous and the price reasonable. Even though we had a nice blue sky, it was pretty cold, but it did not take any of the charm away and we even saw some sea lions. 

* S P A C E  N E E D L E

Another of Seattle's biggest attraction: the Space Needle. The Space Needle is an observation tower built in 1962 for the World's Fair and it is what makes Seattle recognizable at first glance. The view at the top of the observation deck is gorgeous. I have a thing for skylines and always like to see cities from the top. With Seattle, I was lucky as there are so many viewpoints. Right next to it are the Chihuly Garden and Glass and Pacific Science Center. They're all located in a little parc where it's so nice to walk around. 

* M O  P O P

Right next to the Space Needle is the Mo POP, the Museum of Pop Culture. As its name indicates, it's a museum dedicated to contemporary popular culture with exhibitions on history and exploration of popular music, science fiction, movies, etc. It was very interesting and so much fun!

* D O W N T O W N  S E A T T L E

After going up the Space Needle, we walked back to our hotel it allowed us to explore Downtown. I always like walking in cities, it's always much more interesting than driving through it.

* P I O N E E R  S Q U A R E

During our trip, we also walked around Pioneer Square, Seattle's original neighborhood. We also quickly stopped at the Waterfall Garden Park, a little escape in the middle of the city

* K E R R Y  P A R K

After Pioneer Square, we decided to admire the view at Kerry Park. Kerry Park offers an amazing view of the Seattle skyline and of the Mt Rainier (volcano) if the sky isn't too cloudy. We got pretty lucky and the view we got, was breathtaking.

* K U R T  C O B A I N  M E M O R I A L  B E N C H

We then headed to Kurt Cobain memorial bench. Kurt Cobain was living in the house right next door and fans have turned the bench into a memorial place for him. The house itself was auctioned off and sold to an unknown buyer who does not seem to be bothered if you take a few pictures of the house - but, still be mindful that it is a private property. Right across from the house, there is a beautiful and scenic residential area with amazing views. 

* A L K I  B E A C H 

For dinner one night, we headed to Salty's on Alki Beach, a restaurant that offers an amazing view of Seattle's skyline. The food was great and we really had a nice time. If you don't want to eat, but still admire the view, Alki is a neighborhood in West Seattle where you can walk and enjoy outdoor actives. 

 __ Xxxxxx Célia

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