My visit to Seattle, WA

Finally, I took the trip to Seattle after first being invited to visit more so many years ago!  I arrived at night and the city skyline you see from across the river is simply breathtaking.  One that that shocked me was how expensive real estate is.  The two bedroom house that my friends are renting recently sold for $925,000!  I thought my neck of the woods was expensive but apparently not.  I did not have enough time, but I would have wanted to take a day trip to Vancouver, Canada which is about a three hour drive.  Anyway, I have a ten year multiple entry visa to Canada so I hope to go another time.

Some highlights:

The International Fountain and the park around it is really nice.  I am told that many families with young children frequent the area in the summer.  I could see that in my mind’s eye.  It must be refreshing.


Chihuly Garden and Glass – the glass pieces were really beautiful.  My eyes saw what they saw, but my brain couldn’t agree that the art before me was real.  I could have stayed in the glass area the whole day.  We also watched some artists make some pieces.  The process was fast, but difficult and delicate.

This first piece was my favorite.



Space Needle – I saw this in a movie in the nineties and I told myself that I should visit some day.  Apparently, it has been renovated and there is a glass platform at 500 or something feet.  I have fear of heights so I could not go onto or even near the platform.  Even trying to see Seattle from different sides of the Needle was a feat too great for me and I ended up only exploring inside the building.


We visited Pike Place Market which I liked a lot.  You guessed it, the Pike Place Fish Co. was top of the list to visit.  I was surprised to see that it was smaller than I had seen on a documentary. The workers yelled (as was expected) whatever was needed to be said and we, the tourists, cheered.  One interesting thing I noticed though, was that the workers  did not seem to have their heart in it.   I would not either, if I had to do that for years.  It was interesting all the same.



Then on to a nasty tourist site about a two minute walk from the Market.  Yes, I said “nasty” and it is.  It is the Gum Wall.  People chew gum and throw it onto the wall.  I did not understand this tradition, but just had to see it since it was nearby.


Bruce Lee grave – the cemetery was closed earlier than we expected so that was disappointing.  This is one tourist site my dad would have loved hearing about, but oh well.

I am no foodie, but the Indian dinner I had on my last night was delicious.  I would definitely eat there again should I visit Seattle again.

Have you visited Seattle before?  What did you think?


13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. bluebrightly
    Jun 06, 2020 @ 19:31:04

    This was fun to read. I moved to a city just outside of Seattle in 2012 from New York City. It was quite a contrast. You have been living in DC for a while, I think, so you must have found Seattle very different, too. I had almost the same reactions as you did to the fish market guys – they seem to feel they have to put on a show – and the gum wall, so gross, why is that a tourist destination? 🙂
    I worked in Seattle for about 4 years and got to know it. I still prefer New York, which stole my heart when I was very young, but I’m no longer interested in living in a big city. I hope you come out to the Pacific Northwest again and have the time to drive around. Mt. Rainer is spectacular and Vancouver, which is a little more like DC or NYC but prettier, is nearby, like you said. Maybe in a year or two, when travel gets easier again. 🙂


    • Zambian Lady
      Jun 17, 2020 @ 13:58:36

      Yes, Seattle is really different. One waterfront area I was taken to reminded me on northern Europe. It would be nice to that particular area in summer (whenever life goes back to ‘normal’.)


  2. anotherday2paradise
    Apr 02, 2020 @ 17:42:21

    Haven’t ever been there. Beautiful photos, ZL. I love the Chihuly sculptures. I’m not a big fan of fish markets, mainly because of the smell. 😳


    • Zambian Lady
      Apr 02, 2020 @ 21:12:12

      The Chihuly sculptures are to die for! I have no problems with smelly places as I am ‘fortunate’ in that I have a weak sense of smell. (Not sure if it’s fortunate or not…)


  3. Al
    Apr 02, 2020 @ 15:42:19

    I too love visiting Seattle. Lots to see and that fish market is a one of a kind! Just barely missed getting hit in the head from a flying fish in the market.


    • Zambian Lady
      Apr 02, 2020 @ 15:54:25

      Hahaha, almost hit by flying fish. It would have been a slimy event, for sure. Sorry for laughing, but I couldn’t help it.


      • Al
        Apr 02, 2020 @ 18:30:10

        Seriously, did you see how they do that. When someone purchases a fish from the display case, a person takes it out and literally throws it over the counter to the person wrapping them up. One actually whizzed right by m ear. I think they have perfected it to give the crowd a thrill.

  4. Photography Journal Blog
    Mar 30, 2020 @ 07:40:07

    I lived here for a while, it’s a nice (but expensive) place to live. I liked Pike Place Market.


  5. arlingwoman
    Mar 30, 2020 @ 00:28:09

    The Chihuly glasswork is always fabulous…


  6. heidi ruckriegel
    Mar 29, 2020 @ 11:10:45

    A gum wall! Eeek. The glass is beautiful, though. Nice to ‘see’ something new, as we’re likely to be stuck here for quite some time 🙂


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