May 302014
 

So we’d heard, and seen (The Killing), that Seattle was very wet. It was to our surprise then that we had excellent sunny weather. Apparently the city does have a lot of cloudy days but precipitation is not actually that high.

Seattle downtown from the ferry

Seattle downtown from the ferry

We walked about half an hour from our B&B in Capitol Hill down to the city and Pike Place Market. Of course lots of fresh seafood but also flowers, fruit and vegetables and deli items. We had delicious fish sandwiches (halibut and catfish) at Matt’s in the Market.

Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market

No visit to Seattle is complete without a trip up the Space Needle. As you go up (160m in 41s) in the elevator to the observation deck you face out and there is only glass between you and a long way down. The 360 degree views were outstanding – a very green city, Puget Sound, Lake Union and the massive snow capped mountains in almost every direction.

Lake Union from Space Needle

Lake Union from Space Needle

Turns out the Seattle International Film Festival was on and there was a theatre not 100m from our B&B. We grabbed some tickets and got into some culture.

The following day we caught the ferry (think Grey’s Anatomy) to Bainbridge Island. It took about half an hour to cross Puget Sound – the views were again excellent. You could just see massive volcano (4000m) Mount Rainier in the distance. We had lunch on the island and walked along the trendy cafe and shopping street.

Space Needle from ferry

Space Needle from ferry

So that’s it for this trip; thank you for reading 🙂 We dropped the car back at SeaTac having clocked up 1993 miles (3200km) – not too expensive when gas is a little over A$1/L – and flew via LAX home.

Mount Rainier. You could (I think) see others in the Cascade Range as we flew South (Mt St Helens, Mt Hood).

Mount Rainier. You could (I think) see others in the Cascade Range as we flew South (Mt St Helens, Mt Hood).

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