Seattle : Around town

After Bainbridge Island, we went to a lot of places starting with the King Street Station!  This is where one would take the Amtrak.  I did that the last time I went to Seattle.  (link: https://migasdiary.wordpress.com/2015/05/27/seattle-washington-day-2-lake-union-seattle-center-safeco-intl-dist-id/)

King Street Station
King Street Station

We only passed by here, as our main purpose was to go to the International District’s Uwajima, a Japanese market located next to the station.  However, we did come to across Seattle’s Chinatown, which is normally kind of dead but quite vibrant that day!  It turns out, they were having the dragonboat festival and many tents popped up.

Chinatown
Chinatown

There was also a cosplaying event at the market, so there were many cosplayers but I didn’t take any photos.  After walking around the store, we walked through Pioneer Square on our way to the hotel.

Pioneer Square
Pioneer Square

The Pioneer Square is located in the southern part of Seattle’s downtown and one of the earliest developed area in Seattle.  There are many well-preserved historical buildings in this area.  Much of the area has an underground level because during the city’s early development, the government had raised the city higher to prevent floods.

Pioneer Sqaure
Pioneer Square

I can’t say I’ve explored Seattle a lot but I do like walking along the Waterfront, where pedestrians are mainly joggers.

Waterfront
Waterfront

Weighed down by the bags on our back, the beautiful walk soon became a bit tiring and we were starting to stare down at our GPS and feeling encouraged by the shortening distance between us and the hotel with every step we took.  Eventually, we reached the Olympic Structure Park, located outside the Seattle Art Museum.  Throughout the park, there are large and small artistic structures.

Olympic Sculpture Park
Olympic Sculpture Park

A little further up is Myrtle Edwards Park! It was quite and had a nice view …  and a lot of locals seem to come here for jogs, strolls, or dog walking.  If I wasn’t so tired, I would have stayed a bit longer…

Myrtle Edwards Park
part o Myrtle Edwards Park

Made it!  That night we stayed at Inn at Queen Anne.  We didn’t know better and through we had a great deal because it was one of two hotels listed on all the websites we were searching in that 1) located near Seattle Downtown and 2) under $200 a night.  We should have searched airbnb … ;'(

Inn at Queen Anne
Inn at Queen Anne

I think the Inn use to be apartments or even a dorm rooms because it has its own closet and kitchen!  Still, things were looking a old and worn out – glad I only stayed a night.  The neighbourhood was fairly safe though and there was a 24 hour supermarket nearby!  (Addy: 505 First Ave. N).

kitchen
kitchen
room
room

At night, we also went to Kerry Park, which wasn’t a very far walk for us.  It is famous for its night view as the Park stands high above the city with views of the Space Needle, the Great Wheel, and the lighted Washington State Ferries heading to the islands.  The park was a bit dim so my camera phone couldn’t capture the view very well.  There was also a couple taking wedding photos here.

on the way to Kerry Park
on the way to Kerry Park
View at Kerry Park
View at Kerry Park

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Kerry Park
Kerry Park

The last stop of the day – the 24 hours market!  Markets are just stunning, just how many choices can one face .. and this is only the alcohol section!  There was also the chips, the shampoo etc..

all these choices!
all these choices!

Tiring first day in Seattle ends.

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