Takeoff from LAX. Ever flown Virgin Airlines? These guys are hilarious. The only terminal thumping top 40 at check in.
Spending money, a travel allowance, and tickets to local attractions. Seattle Tourism made sure we were very well taken care of.
Looking over the Seattle Convention & Trade Center from the Sheraton Seattle.
Breakfast at Lola with Jason Baker, Lesley Chang, Ann Peavey, and Herschell Taghap.
Lola’s Eggs Benedict ($17 – eggs benedict, bavarian meats ham, dill hollandaise)
Seagulls venturing out several blocks from the waterfront along 6th.
Seattle’s Space Needle.
Visitors view Egyptian relics at the Pacific Science Center‘s King Tut exhibit. The back of a statue of Thutmose III.
The bust of of Ramesses II at the Pacific Science Center.
Fighter jets fly through downtown Seattle for Seafair.
Holy Cannoli‘s Holy Stromboli ($3 – ham, salami, provolone), Gueedo Schmeedo ($3 – sweet italian chicken sausage, roasted mushrooms, provolone) – $3, and Stromboli Florentini ($3 – egg whites, spinach, provolone, turkey sausage). Adrienne was a gem and her strombili was delicious. Be sure to visit if you’re near the Space Needle!
A private concert at the EMP Museum.
EMP’s tower of self-playing guitars.
The sticker pole at EMP’s exit.
A pop-up amusement park at Seattle Center outside of the EMP Museum.
The warmest busker in Seattle.
Dinner at Japonessa. The Spanish Lover, Street Fighter II ($19 – snow crabb legs, cucumber, cilantro, topped w/ seven spiced tuna, drizzled w/ jalapeño, mustard seed soy oil), and Rockstar ($20 – creamy scallops, tobiko, avocado, tempura’d, topped w/ seared spicy crab, drizzled w/ soy glaze) rolls. Wild names – all terribly fitting. The Spanish Lover was smooth the whole way through, the Street Fighter II had a surprise kick at the end, and the Rockstar was a mouthful of fried goodness, almost to excess.
A bike rack outside of Pike Place Market.
A statue reaching for attention across from Pike Place Market.
The entrance of Seattle’s Pike Place Market.
This girl wins the award for cutest kid of the year.
The sun peeking through Seattle’s buildings at the Washington Athletic Club.
Inverted crosswalk buttons. Found them in regular and inverted formats across downtown.
Making my way to the Seattle Public Library through an alley.
Suspicious pidgeons outside of the Seattle Public Library.
The entire surface of the Seattle Public Library is glass, crisscrossed by metal girders.
The buildings leading down to the pier were reminiscent of Vancouver’s Yaletown.
Love for seagulls down by the waterfront.
If Taylor Lautner is wearing it, it must be good, right?
Parking on the pier.
The brand new Great Wheel crowns Seattle’s waterfront.
Under the Alaskan Way Viaduct.
The gum wall at Pike Place Market.
A musical political rally outside of Pike Place Market.
Ice cream, hazelnuts, caramel and chocolate sauce, cherries and whipped cream over waffles ($7) at Sweet Iron Waffles.
Prosciutto, creme fraiche, and green onions over waffles ($6) at Sweet Iron Waffles.
The American flag waving proudly in front of the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building.
Seattle’s Pioneer Square bears many similarities to Vancouver’s Gastown …
… including an abundance of donairs. The Berliner ($7.49 for lamb – döner with garlic yogurt sauce, chicken or lamb, fresh cilantro, tomato, cucumber, red cabbage and onions) at The Berliner Döner Kebab. Just massive.
No longer a tourist.
The Seafair airshow could be seen from all across downtown Seattle and continued throughout the entire weekend.
The last food stop before getting on the train. Philly cheesesteak ($9) at Calozzi‘s. If you need a pretty venue, this isn’t it, but if you’re looking for mouth-watering sandwiches backed by some of the warmest staff I’ve ever met, come to Calozzi’s. Soccer fan? It’s just a few blocks away from CenturyLink Field. Word is they have a second location opening in Georgetown. Definitely on my revisit list along with Holy Canolli.
Apparently, we missed the Beckham – and maybe for good. Folks were saying his match at CenturyLink Field was going to be his last.
Stuck in a seat by a window partition. Borrowing my neighbour’s port.
On the way back up to Vancouver. A home out in Bellingham’s fields.
Disclaimer: Seattle’s Convention and Visitors Bureau fully sponsored my #2DaysInSeattle trip. Klout made the connection. The itinerary was entirely of my choosing, as are the words and images you see above. Thank you to everyone from both organizations for making this happen. Such a blast and a much-needed escape.
- I didn’t eat more, and
- I didn’t stay longer.
There’s no shortage of things to do during the summer in Seattle. Seafair, Brasil Fest, and the Fountain of Light series were all happening while I was there. Saw none of them. Didn’t even manage to get outside of the downtown core. So many neighbourhoods unvisited! So much seafood uneaten! Still, my time was well spent, and I can’t wait for round two.