Okay, I hope you’re all caught up with the Moab blogs because we’re moving quickly along with our holidays this month!
Rob’s parents have returned to England (boo!) but have been replaced by my parents, and my aunt and uncle (yay!). Rob and I had a few days to adjust and get some work done, and now the lot of us have made our way over to Washington State. We’re staying in Seattle for the week, and we’re very excited about it! As is now the norm, be prepared for many pictures…
We flew in yesterday afternoon and got set up at our holiday home, and today is the end of our first day actually exploring the area!
We started off by getting a bus downtown and exploring the famous Pike Place Market:
Pike Place Market is one of the iconic landmarks in Seattle, and has existed since 1907. It’s right on the waterfront, and has a very impressive range of stores! Lots of fresh fruit, tea, seafood, spices and the buskers provide the live jazz. There’s also a very lovely urban garden on the roof which was a pleasant surprise.
After enjoying the Market we wandered a little further afield, and quickly found a lovely little park. This was right next to the water front and very serene, despite being so close to the city center:
It was also next to a very tasty seafood restaurant, which we decided to try out for what will hopefully be the first of many fishy lunches…
I had a big bowl of mussels, and was very pleased with my choice 🙂
Once we were nourished we continued on, and finally got our first view of the famous Space Needle!
We were eager to get closer, but resisted the temptation since we wanted to take a quick peek at the Olympic Sculpture Park along the way. This is very much what the name suggests – a big, beautiful sculpture park right by the water.
I haven’t described it in detail since there really isn’t much to say that the pictures don’t say already, but I definitely recommend giving it a look if you’re ever in the area.
After the sculpture park we made our way inland, and got to the base of the Space Needle! It’s a really lovely area, and happily covered with free wifi courtesy of Microsoft (Bill Gates has a house in Washington!) so we didn’t have to struggle to much to find our way. Behold!
The Space Needle is 605 ft tall, but surprisingly (alarmingly) narrow… only 32 ft wide at the narrowest part! We’ll definitely need to get some good views of Seattle at some point during our visit, but today we were not brave or patient enough to scale the great heights. Instead, we decided to have a look around the fabulous Chihuly Garden and Glass!
Chihuly Garden and Glass is an exhibit showcasing the work of Dale Chihuly, a Seattle based artist who works with glass in a natural setting to create beautiful pieces. We didn’t know much about it going in and were a little skeptical, but my goodness was it stunning.
One of the first pieces that we came across was this large column, which was made up of lots of individual glass pieces and very beautifully displayed:
The column filled the room it was in at about 15 ft tall, and the dark walls and reflective base made it seem even larger. As you can see it’s also very carefully lit, so the whole piece is illuminated.
Another piece that stood out was the Persian Ceiling, where the glass pieces are arranged above and the light filters through them:
Dad and I were both taking pictures the whole time, as you can see in the picture above 😉
Another awesome piece was the Underwater Scene, that took up a room the size of our whole apartment:
Oh, and the boat floating on the water containing sculptures was awesome…
As was this chandelier!
Okay, perhaps I should calm down with the Chihuly…
Just kidding, we haven’t even gotten to the gardens yet! 🙂 🙂 🙂
Okay, okay, I’m done for real now. But I loved it, and couldn’t resist sharing far too many pictures with you all 🙂
More soon! xx