Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Seattle–post cruise

After we disembarked (the second family off the ENTIRE ship at 7:15 with our concierge!), we walked across the street to our hotel. One out of three rooms were ready. Some of us napped, other read and others went for a beer.

After we were well rested, we walked uphill and then downhill to take the Underground Tour. It is a really fascinating story about how the 1st floor of all buildings became the basement and the second story became the front door. For more details: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seattle_Underground

Here a few pictures I took:


At the end of the tour you get dumped into a gift shop. It had all kinds of things like one of the first toilets ever produced!IMG_4204IMG_4205

Doug was fascinated:


The next morning, everyone left. Doug and I stayed an extra day to 1. see more of Seattle and 2. hang with Shawn and Lauren. One day while walking around I got too hungry and we ended up at this little restaurant. I can’t say much for the service or the food, but at least we got a cute picture out of it…IMG_4208

We also spent a lot of time in the Pike’s Place Market (the place where the throw the fish and sell all kinds of things). It reminded me of the French Market in NOLA in January.


We enjoyed one of Seattle’s microbreweries and visited the FIRST EVER Starbucks.



All in all, Seattle is a really beautiful city. It has schizophrenic weather – cold until the sun comes out then it is way too hot until you walk into the shade and you are freezing – ALL IN AUGUST.

It is also very hilly. I was very surprised to see the steep inclines all over the city. It looks very similar to San Francisco – believe it or not.

One fun story includes Shawn, Doug, Lauren and I going to find the “best cupcakes” in the city. We walked uphill for what felt like 10 miles (it was probably 2 miles) to find this little cupcake place. I was not a happy camper on the way there, but the way home was pretty nice. Downhill all the way…

Thank you Mom and Dad for bringing us to Seattle and on the Alaskan Cruise. It is such a gift to have parents like you. Doug and I love you very much.

Love and Hugs, Lizzie

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