The 17th of January saw me heading to Seattle. This i was extremely excited for as i had never been to America although id spent most of my life watching american shows on Tv. After arriving and getting ready, we headed to The Elephant & Castle, a British Themed Pub on 1415 Fifth Avenue. It did feel slightly strange going all the way to America and see red British phone boxes but thought it was quite endearing that Americans must look at the UK with the same fondness as we do of The States.
Elephant & Castle
The next day we headed down to Pike Place Market which is a public market overlooking the Elliott Bay waterfront in Seattle. We decided to have breakfast in Sound View cafe which had a first floor level for eating with views overlooking the bay.
Pike Market Place – Seattle
The area seemed to have so much character and was the home of the very first Starbucks which again, a familiar sight in the UK but id never really thought of the origin and history of where the chain had started. Also close by down an alleyway next to Pike Place was the work of art named Gum Wall. Its said to have been started in the 1990s when local theatre goers would stick their chewing gum on the wall whilst waiting to enter for the shows. From that it became a ‘work of art’ and 30 years later a popular Instagram photo opportunity for tourists.
The Original Starbucks in Seattle
Although there was only a few hours before we had to leave Seattle and head back to London, I managed to fit in a quick trip down to The Space Needle which is a 360 observation deck which was built in 1962 in the Seattle Centre. There wasn’t enough time to take a trip to observation deck to see the views of Seattle but it will be on my list for the next time i head to Seattle.
Outbound flight to Seattle
Once i had returned home from Seattle, we we’re kindly informed that a pilot from another airline had captured a picture of the outbound flight from Heathrow to Seattle whilst in the air. We had travelled on the 777 and the shot was taken over Cheshire and the amazing way the pilot had captured it, it looked like we were next to the moon. Not only had i had such a great time in Seattle, now there was an stunning, memorable photograph of the journey there and definitely one for the wall.