Here’s the second post of my mother, Joan’s, blog takeover! My parents travel to Seattle en route to Alaska!
Rick and I have always wanted to visit Seattle. When we decided to go to Alaska, we developed an elaborate plan to extend our vacation to include this eclectic city. With a 3 am ride to the airport courtesy of Erica and Ricky, we arrived by noon. I knew we were in trouble when our shuttle driver started driving back to the airport. “He was new to the neighborhood” he told me. “Really? So am I!” I said under my breath.
What a blast we’ve had!
Here are some of our highlights:
Pikes Market - we were lucky enough to visit this venue multiple times thanks to its proximity to the Marriott Waterfront. Go right before it opens to watch the vendors setting up. The sights, sounds, and smells are amazing. Not to mention the fact that we ate our way through it (proshkuyprorusky, three sisters bakery, Lowells).
City Pass - we played tourist and bought this pass for $69 each. We had sunset cocktails at the top of the Space Needle, cruised the Puget Sound, and enjoyed the Aquarium.. The aquarium is not just for kids, my big kid loved! We had fish and chips on a pier and fed our fries to the seagulls in honor of our niece Samantha! (She loves those little birdies!)
Marriott Waterfront is a classy boutique hotel right across from the cruise ship terminal ( we are not that smart….instead we are traveling several hundred more miles to catch our ship). The hubby’s platinum status with Marriott gave us access to the concierge level and the indoor/outdoor Infiniti pool is a plus. Classy joint.
Our last afternoon we visited Pioneer Square and did the Bill Spiedel’s underground city tour. The business district (and I mean every business district) burned to the ground in the late 1800s and the original city sidewalks and streets are literally underground. Decided not to do the paranormal version of the tour.
Mr. Restaurant dug it.
Which brings me to the normal of Seattle….its homeless population. Everywhere we went, there were homeless. It was heartbreaking to see so many people suffering. It has become an epidemic throughout our country and my heart aches for humanity. What is wrong with our system? What is wrong with us?. The most ironic scenario was the man set up across from our hotel carrying the sign “I swallowed my pride but I am still hungry”. The homeless wander the streets with their pets…my fur babies have no idea how lucky they are.
I hope to always remember Seattle fondly. The reality is that I will always remember the homeless of Seattle more.