April 2014, I went to Vancouver and Seattle for about a week and just the other day it dawned upon me- that I completely forgot to put up a photo album or blog about it other than about the Burke Museum here.
Anyway, I flew into Vancouver from Miami using Delta miles to meet up with a couple friends– one couple who were visiting and one who lives there. I will blog more on that trip in another post. This one will focus on Seattle.
My relatives who live in Seattle were nice enough to pick me up at my accommodation in Vancouver to take me to stay at their home in Seattle area. This was the first time I ever visited the region. While I was in Vancouver it did not rain once. Like pretty much the moment not long after we crossed the border into Washington State it is drizzle rain nonstop for the duration of my visit. Seattle is known as the “rainy city.” Stereotypes exist for a reason.
Here is a photo essay of my Seattle visit in a nutshell.
Here is the border crossing:
Immediately on the way to their home they took me to lunch at a local Oyster restaurant.
This beautiful scenery was outside the restaurant. And no, I do not remember the name of this specific one. There are oyster places all over the region, since oyster traps are all over that bay area.
After lunch, we went to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. I was very happy the beautiful tulips were in bloom. The previous year while I was in Holland during Keukenhof, it was so cold there were no outdoor flower gardens like there is supposed to be and the purpose to draw visitors. The greenhouse was open though and the only place the tulips could have been in display.
As you can tell by the grace of God– it did not rain while here. Now some of the highlights from the Skagit Valley tulip fields…
Then the day in Seattle city. (By the way if you want to go up on top in the Space Needle, you may as well dine at the restaurant, that way you will not have to buy the ticket. I remember the ticket price being high enough that it was just worth eating at the restaurant anyway.) Sitting in the restaurant is one of those unique experiences since it is on slow moving rotation as if we are in a spaceship indeed. And of course the huge window views with the skyscraper skyline and mountains is incredible!