Monday, March 4, 2013

First Trip to Seattle

Seattle has mysteriously been calling my name for a few years now. This year, I finally answered and planned a solo weekend trip.

I stayed at the fabulous Sleeping Bulldog Bed & Breakfast in the Central District. Since the Pike Place Market and Seattle Center were only a short bus ride away from the B&B, I saved a heap of money using public transit. It only cost me $5.00 a day to get around the city!

Pike Place absolutely captivates me. I love the smells of the salty ocean air, the varieties of prepared foods, the gorgeous aromas wafting out of MarketSpice, and the sweet smells of flowers and handmade soaps in the day stalls. The winding labyrinth of hallways adds an air of mystery and anticipation. The variety of shops, the people - it was all magic.

Pike Place Market

I now have an enormous addiction to both Huckleberry Tea and Beecher's Handmade Cheese. I must find or create a sustainable So Cal supply!

One of my treasures from the day stalls at the Market was this fantastic black t-shirt with bleached owl design:
Artisan T-Shirt

After the shirt was bleached, the artist soaked it in coffee, giving it a swirled effect and a truly Seattle-like vibe. My only regret is that I didn't get the gentleman's name.

I visited Seattle Center the next day, particularly the EMP Museum and the Chihuly glass museum.

This tower of guitars and other instruments was at the center of the EMP Museum - it was at least four stories high.
EMP Museum

After visiting the exhibits featuring Nirvana, Jimi Hendrix, sci-fi and horror movies, I went to the top floor and visited this light and sound engineering rock concert experience:
I Love Rock N Roll

I then walked over in the misty Seattle air to the Chihuly Glass Museum.

My favorite room had a clear backlit ceiling covered in hand blown glass pieces, shining beautiful colors all over the room:
Chihuly Glass Museum

I enjoy how the Space Needle crept its way into this photo, reminding you exactly where you are:
Space Needle & Chihuly Glass Museum

I made friends with my substitute innkeepers Gary & Liz - they were like an aunt and uncle I didn't know I had. On the day I was flying home to California, Korby, the owner of the Sleeping Bulldog, who was equally friendly and knowledgable, handed me an envelope. Inside was a sweet notecard from Gary & Liz with this quote:

"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt Quote

It was the perfect ending to my first solo trip!

I cannot wait until my next visit to wonderful Seattle.

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