I just came back from a spontaneous road trip to Seattle. Living in BC I’m pretty close to the border and Seattle is a 7 hour drive away. Amazing really, when I consider my road trip 7 yeas ago, to Cornwall from London (one side of the UK to the other) took 7 hours.
I grew up listening to bands like Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Sound Garden. Seattle is the home of grunge music, I’d read about it in all those Kurt Cobain biographies. So naturally it was on my bucket list for some time. Hopefully it was still full of men with long hair who play guitars? (If only!)
We rented our car from Avis at the Cascade Lodge in Whistler, the only place in town to rent a car. They are frequently out of cars, so if you need one get in ASAP.
We had limited time in Seattle. So what can you do in 48 hours?
Pike Place market is the oldest farmers market in the United States, first opening it’s doors in 1907. So much fresh produce, and at a fracture of the price up here in Canada. Unfortunately for us, we weren’t allowed to bring anything across the border – boo!
Pike Place was amazing, why? One: It’s where the basic bitch was born and two: there was so much food.
At least those are my two favourite reasons. Pike Place is of course home of the original Starbucks, when I visited Seattle I didn’t know that less than a month after i’d be working for the company. (And one of my favourite employers to date I might add) The line up for this particular Starbucks was so long, even I couldn’t be bothered to line up. Instead I got my coffee at their other location just around the corner, it’s kind of the same right?
Pike Place also features lots and lots of different cuisines, and this foodie was loving life. I ate a lot.
In fact I ate so much, my jeans ripped open in a not so subtle place. I mean, they were already on their last legs, but I like to think it was the food.
And they were also the only pair I brought with me, I’d learned nothing from my trip to Rome the year before.
Walking through the city we stumbled upon what I’m going to call “food truck Friday”. It was a Friday and there were tons of food trucks, so why not?
I guess I was missing England a little, because I got myself an amazing chicken kebab/pita bread thing.
Sticky in Seattle
The gum wall is located in Post Alley, just below Pike Place market. I find it really disgusting but really fascinating that this is a tourist attraction. I suppose it’s a form of recycling for the sake of art? Sure. Let’s go with that.
Still I kind of think it’s a cool way to leave a piece of yourself in Seattle. Even if that piece is full of germs.
The Space Needle
As a kid in the 90’s I absolutely loved the TV show Frasier, and as an adult I still do. Watching the beginning credits as the outline of Seattle appeared across my TV screen. The outline of the pace needle always fascinated me, what a weird looking building? It was like some sort of alien flying saucer. I knew I had to see it.
It was almost like something from EPCOT, and I liked it. (As always, a Disney reference)
The views from above were incredible. Any kind of observation deck is always a must in Cities for me, I don’t know why but seeing a city from above just fascinates me.
We ventured into a little shop selling olive oil and balsamic vinegar. MY roommate ending up buying one of each, we later had it with bread from pure bread here in Whistler – so good!
While we were browsing, I couldn’t help but notice the sweet sweet smell drifting in from nearby. You might know by now that I have a very sweet tooth. The bakery next door was called Piroshki Piroshki, which is a Russian bakery. I couldn’t help but think of Red from Orange is the new black.
A Piroshki is a Russian puff pastry which is then fried or baked and stuff with different fillings. They.Were.Amazing.
We wandered into the Museum of Pop Culture but the ticket price was a little steep for us, we were not earning very much money here in Whistler.
We caught the monorail from here, while singing the “Monoraaaiiiillll” song from The Simpsons. (Again, being on a monorail, I’m thinking EPCOT. Anyone else?)
The locals in Seattle were some of the friendliest I’d ever met, not just in the States, but anywhere. Everyone was so willing to help you find you way, or to give recommendations.
One of the recommendations given to us was the Alibi Room. A cool little bar just opposite the gum wall. This was a really popular bar, with some very strong drinks!
The Crab Pot
We ended our trip by sampling some of Seattle’s best seafood. The Crab Pot is a seafood restaurant just on the waterfront. We had buckets of crab, shrimp and muscles thrown on our table. There was no better way to end the trip than with more food.
Unsurprisingly, it rained the whole time we were in the city. Having lived in the Pacific Northwest for 5 months already, I’m not stranger to the weather. But it reminded me of home somewhat. Seattle was definitely a city I could see myself living in. It was far more laid back than my hometown of London.
Have you ever been Seattle?