1st note: I went to Seattle in work.
2nd note: It was autumn
3rd note: I tried to appreciate the city.
4th note: Honestly, I didn’t. Not much.
It is huge. It is developed. It is organized. But…
It was cold. It was dark. It was sad.
The so-called attractions are common or expensive. The few interesting (yes, there were some) didn’t pay the jetlag problems.
Of course, I was working, so nothing to complaint. Maybe a more touristic approach, in another weather conditions would provide a different feeling. Maybe. But with such a large world, and all its beauties, even in the USA, I don’t see myself planning a touristic visit to Seattle. Unless…
I went to Tacoma twice to see its glass museum. Twice I found a closed door. Bad luck. I saw the Glass Bridge and the city’s court, and back to town.
A really beautiful structure, a fast elevator, but the best pictures are taken from the ground, and the price you pay to go to the top is exaggerated for what you get there. However, even knowing that, everybody goes to the top, so… we did the same, of course.
Pike Place Market – Disappointed
The book said that it was one of Seattle highlights, so we had to go there. Maybe it is something odd for the American way of life, but I must confess that I found no distinctive details comparing with dozens of Portuguese markets. Maybe because we arrived late? Maybe because we had excessively high expectations? I don’t know. But what I saw was, for us, rather vulgar.
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Visiting Seattle was the way to visit Chihuly’s studio, our goal.
I know that it is not opened to common public.
I know that our visit was a special gentleness, we have no right to expect to be generalized.
However, I wouldn’t make justice to the city, omitting this wonderful experience. I only can’t tell where and how. Sorry for that, but Chihuly is a name and… a key.
I don’t know if Chihuly is an Indian or not, but I admired the sensibility he shows about Indian culture.
His “boathouse”, more than being a cathedral of glass creation, is a carefully displayed collection of indian artifacts, that evidence the pleasure of just holding them.
Pilchuk Glass School
Almost 100 km north of the city we visited Pilchuck school. It is one of the most famous glass schools in the world, and more than the professional information we got from their kind director, we had time to appreciate the beauty of the wooden buildings, respectfully integrated in the landscape.
A nice place.
Seattle Executive Hotel Pacific
Our trip to Seattle and Pittsburgh was short in time, so we wanted a centrally located and cheap hotel. We found it in Pacific.
The rooms were good, and we were at walking distance to all interesting points of central Seattle.
The only against was… breakfast. Really poor, and eaten in a rushing cafeteria.
Address: 400 Spring St, Seattle, WA 98104
Carriages in Seattle
I was surprised in Seattle by a line of carriages waiting for customers (not too enthusiastic).
I read that it is a tradition in holidays (it was almost Christmas when we were there), maybe more fun with snow, that we hadn’t. Not cheap, however…
Walking in Seattle
In Seattle, walking is easy: its Central area is a good place to walk.
Some nice buildings, short distances from hotels, though the so called “highlights” are not that high, it’s a nice place to spend an afternoon.
And not much more…