On one of Austin’s only days off (and few chances to sleep in) during our time living in Oregon, we woke up early anyway. There was a new place to explore an another adventure to have. After winding our way through Portland streets, we found our way to Union Station where our train was waiting. Once we boarded our Amtrak Cascades train, we were on our way to Seattle to visit some friends who invited us to spend the day with them exploring Pike Place Market and the surrounding Seattle Waterfront.
Seattle is such a beautiful and unique city. Typically, I can get a feel for the energy and style and vibe of a place in just a few hours. Seattle was different. I spent an entire day in the city and I’m still not sure what to make of it. It’s an eclectic mix of waterfront but also fantastic architecture that is framed by the backdrop of the mountains in the distance. In short, it’s wonderful.
Is there anything better than the freshest of fish tacos? If there is, I haven’t found it yet.
The Pike Place Farmers Market is a little bit of heaven on earth. The place is huge and we could have easily spent hours walking through all of the different vendors and shops. It has everything from fresh fish, to pottery, to candies, to flowers, to used books and more.
Austin had never been inside a comic book store before so of course we had to go in to peruse. I found a Star Trek pin for my backpack. #happyday
The rest of the market was filled with fish flying over our heads, chocolate covered cherries, fresh produce, and some of the most beautiful flowers I’ve ever seen.
The Seattle Gum Wall. Probably one of the only places in the world where it’s totally okay to stick your gum on something. Equal parts disgusting and fun, I’m so glad we found the wall and added our gum to the collection.
The Pike Place Starbucks is the first-ever Starbucks that opened in 1971. It’s beautifully decorated and, even though we didn’t stop to get coffee there, it was fantastic to visit this spot of coffee history.
As we walked past the Crumpet Shop, I had a sudden longing to go in an get some, until we saw this chair blocking the door. A crumpet shop sold out of crumpets? Is there anything sadder?
From waking up early to a late-night train ride home. From walking miles (literally) along the waterfront because we couldn’t find our lunch around all the construction. From meeting up with old friends and enjoying making new memories. From bronze pigs to lilacs to fruit sticks. Our day in Seattle was a completely unforgettable adventure and it placed inside of me a deep desire to go back one day soon and see more of what this city has to offer.
Have you been to Pike Place Market?
What are your favorite Seattle sights?