Wednesday, 24 June 2015

The Bluest Skies You've Ever Seen in Seattle

The bluest skies you've ever seen in Seattle
And the hills the greenest green in Seattle
Like a beautiful child growing up free and wild
Full of hopes and full of fears
Full of laughter full of tears
Full of dreams to last the years in Seattle
In Seattle.... in Seattle. .

As a teenager I would rush home from Girl Guides on Tuesday night to watch ‘Here Come the Brides’ with Bobby Sherman and David Soul. The show was about the early pioneering days of the Seattle area, and the majority of the early settlers were male, so ‘bride’ ships came up the west coast with potential brides to, hopefully, be courted and married to the timber getters and families would be established in the Seattle area. I don’t know how true this is, but the TV show was great. Anyway, as a teenager, I wanted to go to Seattle.

Fast forward many years, and along came a bar called ‘Cheers’ – where everybody knows your name! Well, this bar was in Boston – our last trip – and NOBODY knew our names!! A regular at ‘Cheers’ was Frasier. He moved to SEATTLE, and again my interest in going to Seattle was sparked – but this time it was the modern Seattle, and the Space Needle. So, no Cafe Nervosa, no Elliot Towers, but Frasier WAS here!! He had a view of the Space Needle from his apartment and we have a view from the front door of our room.

Seattle Travelodge
We chose this 3 star hotel mainly because the package we chose included a shuttle service to and from the Cruise Terminal and it was close to the Space Needle and that is where all our tours were leaving from. It had free WiFi and free hot breakfast. It is only 2 blocks from the Space Needle, the EMP Museum, Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum, and the Pacific Science Center. We were disappointed that they had no knowledge of the complimentary shuttle, even after we showed them their Web page with the package. We ended paying an extra $25 each way.

The rooms are small, but clean, with a flat screen TV. We only need somewhere to sleep, so the room being compact didn’t really worry us. The beds were very high,  and our room included a fridge and a microwave.

We decided on the Seattle Hop On Hop Off 3 day pass with an addition tour to the lookouts and lochs. It was great. The tour guides were informative and funny.

Science Centre and Chihuly Gardens
Inside the Armory there were many different eating places. We ate there once. Very good.
The Experience Music Project (EMP) is a strange looking building.  It is supposed to look like broken guitars - inspired by the many broken guitars by Jimmy Hendrix. It is right beside a children's playground that is so interesting and full of kids of all ages.
Another view of the EMP. This is where we caught the bus each day.
Across the road from the EMP.
The EMP has a restaurant called POP. We ate there once.

The EMP from the top of the Space Needle - I don't think it looks like smashed guitars.

Although the EMP was started as a music project,  it is now a museum of pop culture.
Science Fiction
We purchased a City Pass, which included entry to the EMP, Science Centre, Two visits to the Space Needle, and The Aquarium. It also included a 60 minute Argosy cruise. This is the view from the Space Needle at night.

Anyway, Northern Exposure and Twin Peaks were filmed here in Seattle, and many movies including ‘Ten Things I Hate About You;’ and my favourite ‘Sleepless in Seattle.’

More sightseeing in Seattle later

P & A


  1. We spent a few days in Seattle several years ago, and did a great day trip (by boat) over to Vancouver Island. Didn't know about this previously, but we had wandered down to the wharf and found out all about it. The trip took us over to the island, and then by double decker bus to Burchart Gardens. Check it out if this sounds like the kind of thing you would enjoy. .

  2. We did go to Vancouver Island Jenny and wandered around Victoria. We gave the gardens a miss as it was raining and the sun was setting. We are loving this trip. We are in Kamloops Canada now.