This past week travelling here in Canada, my dear friend Janett Schindler (aka “The Part Time Traveller”) and myself have decided to be spontaneous. Spontaneous as in … Why not go to Seattle when already in Vancouver? At least, this is our European point of view, as in saying: “We’ve already made it this far. Why not go ‘all the way’ south, and right into the ‘Emerald City’!?” Her and I simply loved the fact that we just played by ear on this trip, in turn resulting in many a great travel story & tipps for your next visit. It all starts with the journey itself as …
… our trip to Seattle took off at Pacific Central Station in Vancouver: Did you know you can actually enjoy a first class travel experience along the Pacific for just over $70?!
We loved our train journey, and have been completely blown away by just how relaxed it was to go from Canada to the United States this way. To travel first class was only $20 up from the original price at about $50. This saved us queuing lines and got us food vouchers for the train restaurant, too. What a journey …
Seattle Space Needle & Chihuly Glass & Gardens are worth the journey alone. Check out why you should visit both …
… they are right next to each other, and of course Seattle Space Needle has the views, but Chihuly Glass & Gardens has impressed me even more: Now I do know glass art from my home country Austria, or many other countries I’ve travelled to. But to make glass “dance, sing & swing” in this particular form, creating tremendous yet incredibly delicate pieces of art at the very same time, is unlike anything I have seen before. Wow. I would have loved to meet the artist right then and there. Hopefully on another visit to the city!
If you happen to arrive hungry in Seattle, go make for the culinary heart of town: Pike Place Market is the No. 1 Foodie place!
For sure, Pike Place Market in Downtown Seattle has long passed from being an insider tip to a popular hotspot for foodies of all sorts. There are “flying fish” (beware of the locals’ techniques for advertising their catch!), there is the very first Starbucks Café dating back to the year 1912, there is the stimulating ambiance of lots and lots more small cafés, eateries & market halls. All of it turn Pike Place Market into a true “Must-See” or “Must-Eat” while in Seattle.
If you, like us, are looking for yet another way to explore the city altogether, be sure to make for the “Underground Tour Seattle” and ask them about the “Adult Tour”. As its name implies, it is only offered for night owls and starts several times a week at either 8.00 or 9.00 p.m. Taking part in the tour, we learned that the historic town of Seattle has been (re)built based on the success of prostitution – one of the only flourishing trades in decades of ups & downs around the turn of the 19th/20th century ..!
Hard to say goodbye after all of this, really. So we decided to turn our goodbyes into yet another experience: A ride with the speed boat ferry back to Canada on the Victoria Clipper!
It only takes three hours for the Victoria Clipper speed boat to leave Seattle Harbour and reach the capital city of British Columbia, Victoria on Vancouver Island. Not only do their services run twice a day, making it a convenient option for international commuters like us, it also throws the experience of a possible whale & dolphin watch into the ferry ride itself.
What a nice way to say goodbye to Seattle: Both Janett and I loved our stay there very much. “Seattle, now that’s a town to come back to anytime”, we would both continue saying again and again. Warm & welcoming local people, all the way to great value for money, have left us with a desire to go back any one time – sleepless or else!
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Disclaimer: We have been supported by the City of Seattle with their CityPass, as well as hosted on the Victoria Clipper. All opinions are my own.