In January of 2014, I finally got the opportunity to visit Seattle. My brother, Ernest had contacted my mom a week or two prior and asked if we wanted to go to Seattle, as he and Ellie were going to be there that weekend. My mom then asked me, and I accepted the offer to go. We went during the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, leaving late Friday afternoon and coming back on Monday. Ernest and Ellie met us at the airport, and Ernest’s friend, Ollie picked us up and dropped us off at our hotel. Our hotel was called the Five Hotel in the Belltown neighborhood of Seattle, which is pedestrian friendly, and near walking distance of downtown. I never did check out the Space Needle, which was walking distance to our hotel, but we did check out Pike’s Place Market, the waterfront, etc. I also checked out the Capitol Hill neighborhood, and I got to see the flagship Nordstrom downtown (I like to shop from time to time). While we were there, we got visit with our dear family friend, Bobbie and her family, who live in Renton, which is a suburb of Seattle. The 49ers were in town that weekend playing Seattle. It was the game that would determine what team would go to the Super Bowl. So the day of the game, my mom, Ernest, Ellie, and their friends Ollie and Heather went to sports bar to see the game. My mom entered a contest, which she ended up winning two tickets to the game THAT same day!! So Ernest and my mom went to the Seahawks stadium in a chauffeured-driven Lincoln. I ended up renting a ZipCar and drove to Bellevue. I also got in touch with Bobbie again, where I made the drive to Renton to visit with them and some friends of theirs. We also got to see our cousin, Johnny Ray and his ex-wife, Susan. Though it was just a long weekend trip, I certainly had a nice time, and I can’t wait to make my next trip there in the future!
The Hotel Five in the Belltown neighborhood of Seattle. It’s a boutique hotel with a modern design theme. They actually offer bicycle rentals as well.
A shot of the Space Needle taken near the hotel. The Space Needle was built for the 1962 World’s Fair.
Our first night after we arrived in Seattle, and my first time seeing the Space Needle!!
I took a picture of the whole gang at dinner: Mom, Ernest, Ellie, a friend of Ollie and Heather’s, Heather and Ollie!
Saturday morning breakfast stop: Top Pot Doughnuts!! And it was a block away from our hotel!!
Look at the selection of the yummy doughnuts to choose from!!
I got my doughnut for breakfast! And yes, I did walk up there in my pjs! Even got a compliment on them!!
Checking out the Belltown neighborhood!
Walking around Belltown!
Wall Street in Seattle!
Heading toward Pike Place Public Market!!
An eye on the building!
Looking down the street!
One way to Pike Place Market; the other to Seattle Center.
Down at waterfront. There’s a ferris wheel in the background.
A post along the waterfront.
This way to the Pike Place Market…..almost there!!!
The iconic Pike Place Market sign and clock!
Inside the market!
More shops on the lower level
Outside the original Starbucks!!!
The original Starbucks logo!
Outside SAM….the Seattle Art Museum building.
A close-up of SAM
A downtown highrise.
Seattle street scene.
There’s nothing dull about the West Edge!
Looking down the street in the West Edge.
The flagship Nordstrom store downtown!
I got to see Susan at Nordstrom!!
Now on to Capitol Hill!!
Walking down the street in Capitol Hill.
Rudy’s Barbershop and Tattoo
The Red Light!
Capitol Hill shopping district.
A walk through a Capitol Hill neighborhood.
Walking through the neighborhood.
Me outside Volunteer Park.
The Space Needle from Volunteer Park.
The Seattle skyline from Volunteer Park. A good, clear shot as well.
A shot of Mt. Rainier off in the distance.
Now on to dinner on Saturday night….Ernest and Bobbie reuniting for the first time in a few years!
Bobbie and Ellie bonding!!
Smile for the camera!!
And all of us at dinner: Arjun, Devin, Bobbie, Ellie, Ernest, me, mom, and Pav.
Ernest and Pav talking after dinner. Could they be talking about soccer??!! 🙂
A foggy day in the Emerald City!
Outside the Frontier Restaurant.
Mom walking down the street.
A couple of Downtown Bellevue high-rises!
The Space Needle at night as seen from the Queen Anne neighborhood. It was actually lit up in the Seahawks colors, as the Seahawks had beat the 49ers that night!!
And as they say: all things must come to an end. At the Sea-Tac airport getting ready to board a Horizon Air plane for the flight back to Sacramento. While standing in line, I took a picture of a Delta jet taxiing down the runway!
Flying over what could be a snow-covered Mt. Saint Helens!
Just taking off from Portland on our way back to Sacramento; a Frontier Airlines jet climbing away in the distance!
Back in California; flying over Marysville! Almost to Sacramento!!
I hope you enjoyed my small tour of Seattle! It was a great first visit, but it definitely won’t be my last visit to the Emerald City! And as always, I’m always open for comments and suggestions!!
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