As I mentioned in Part 1: Petsitting, Seattle was in full bloom on Easter weekend, so just walking around the Queen Anne neighborhood was great.  But of course, I didn’t go to Seattle just to take care of pets and walk around residential neighborhoods.  I wanted to do some sightseeing.  With one exception (Pike Place Market), everything I did was new to me.  I’m cataloging them here in order of how much I would recommend them.  Let me know whether or not you agree.

Just ok:

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Pike Place Market: Perhaps it was because I chose to go on a Saturday, but it was crammed wall-to-wall.  If you read my post about our strained 48 hours in Annecy, France, you know human hordes are my nemesis.  My best guess is that the market is quite busy almost all the time, even though the market’s website says “Mornings before 12 pm are generally less crowded.”  I arrived at 11 am, so that should tell you something.  In addition, the place is a multilevel labyrinth.  I ended up circling (or rhombusing? or perhaps pentagoning?) back to where I had already been – more than once – growing more annoyed with each pass.  Also, though a few of the shops were fun, many of them held no interest for me.  All told, I spent about an hour there, and that was enough.  In short, if you’ve never been, I wouldn’t try to dissuade you from going – I mean, it is a Seattle landmark after all – but now that I’ve been twice, any return trips to Seattle will be Pike-Place-Market-free.

Better:

The Space Needle: I didn’t go up it, and therefore can’t recommend whether or not you should, but I can recommend tilting your head back and looking up at it from the ground.

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There’s also this interesting sculpture nearby.  I couldn’t find an explanatory plaque, so I guess you can interpret it as you like.  To me, it’s the love child of John Travolta (circa 1977) and a set of pan pipes – or maybe a tubular sea sponge – that was conceived at the Pompidou Centre.

Olympic Sculpture Garden: You might think I’m a big sculpture fan, but no.  I just happened to walk through this open-air gallery on the way to Pike Place Market.

Better still:

Museum of Pop Culture: Better known as MoPOP, this museum had several exhibits.  I didn’t tour all of them, but I did explore:

  • The Infinite Worlds of Science Fiction and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame (in honor of the husband)
  • Hendrix: Wild Blue Angel and the Guitar Gallery (in honor of my brother)
  • Prince from Minneapolis (One of these tops just had to have been the inspiration for Seinfeld’s puffy shirt episode, don’t you think?)
  • Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic (This small room didn’t even come close to scratching my itch.  The urge to see Harry Potter World is still strong.)

Kerry Park: A short walk from the apartment where I was petsitting, this small strip of land is known for its breathtaking view of Seattle and is frequented by people proposing to their significant others, celebrating anniversaries, heading to prom, and every other event you can think of in which a stunning photo backdrop is desired.

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The best:

Chihuly Garden and Glass: By far the most amazing thing I saw in Seattle was this glass art museum.  I had only heard about it a week before my departure, and when I realized it was located in Seattle Center – steps from the Space Needle and a short walk from my sit – I knew I couldn’t miss it.

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Now, I don’t want to spoil anyone’s future visit to this visual smorgasbord, so I’m putting the pictures into a slideshow.  That way, you can look or not.  It’s up to you.

But I dare you not to look…

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The overwhelming feeling I had while touring the exhibits was that I was on the movie set of the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, except instead of everything being made of candy, it was made of glass, and instead of being full of Veruca Salts and Violet Beauregards, it was full of people who thought taking photos of the art with their face in front of it was somehow better than taking photos of just the world class art itself.

In order to express my frustration, I’ve composed this Oompa Loompa song about my feelings:

Oompa Loompa doom-pa-dee dug

When shooting at beauty, remove your mug

Oompa Loompa doom-pa-dee dare

You’ve nothing to prove, we know you were there

Selfies are fine when it’s once in a while

Sometimes it’s nice to showcase your smile

But it ruins the shot and is totally wrong

Posing for selfies All. Day. Long.

Like you are a movie star

Oompa Loompa doom-pa-dee dah

Minimize selfies and you will go far

You will live in happiness, too

Like old fashioned photogs doom-pa-dee do!

Anyway, Chihuly Garden and Glass gets a 10/10, selfie-addicts notwithstanding, and that’s coming from a non-art-lover.

So there you have it, the sights I saw in rank order.  To conclude, I’m leaving you with the rest of the flower photos that I purposely withheld from Part 1, just for you, and quite possibly an earworm, too.  Sorry about that. 😉

Have you seen these same Seattle attractions?  What was your take?

21 thoughts

  1. WOW! You did a lot in just a weekend! I have found in my travels that I tend to enjoy some of the lesser known attractions more than the “popular” attractions. I also don’t enjoy large crowds. I feel like it takes away from the experience if you’re constantly dodging people and getting your feet stepped on.

    P.S. I just heard that the Oompa Loompa remix hit number one on the charts! Congrats!

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    1. Ha ha! Maybe I should call myself the Song Architect. The husband thought I was planning on singing it on our next podcast. I said, “No way.”
      You mentioned the Pacific Northwest was high on your travel list. Where do you hope to go?

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      1. Well of course Seattle, but I would love to do a little island hopping and check out the amazing waterfalls and little Victorian ports. Ya know, a little of everything. That’s the problem, so much to see and always limited time (and money)!

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  2. Totally agree with you on the Market. We didn’t go up the Space Needle either. And I really, really wish we had gone to the glass museum. . . next time! We did go on the Boeing Factory tour outside of Seattle (my aviation loving son wasn’t going to miss that!). I’d recommend it!

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  3. Oooh, I loved Seattle during my short visit there in 2013. Did the Market – yep, crowded. Also the Space Needle, which was worth it IMHO. Did not have time for the glass museum. Next visit!
    Thanks for sharing!!!

    Deb

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    1. The artist – Chihuly – has several exhibits in the US and a few abroad. Many are permanent like the Seattle one. New Orleans definitely has one. Just google him and you’ll be able to see. Maybe an excuse to visit a new city?? And you’re welcome!

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  4. We loved Seattle but were there because of my husband’s work, therefore we didn’t have a lot of free time to do as we wished. This makes me want to go back and see some more of it. One of these days…

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  5. Great stuff, oh esteemed Travel Architect. Your breadth of experiences in Seattle is impressive, although I wonder if the dog and cat you were pet-sitting would have wished to accompany you on your tours. In fact, you could have done pet- focused selfies perhaps with the cat posing with you and a fish from the Pike Street Market. How about with a cat fish? Now that would be something to cherish! Dogs typically love modern art- a Picasso fire hydrant is always a hit with the pooches.

    My real question however relates to perhaps the greatest figure in sci-fi- Films- the awesome Gort. Was the museum display the real Gort or a Gort impersonator? Did you try saying Klatu Barata Nicto to see if he would wake up and laser broil some nearby selfie takers? That would have taught them a lesson!
    Keep the stories coming!

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    1. I thought dogs only like that painting of the dogs playing poker? Then again, what do I know? I only know what rabbits like, and it’s raisins, not art.
      As far as I know, it was the real Gort. I speak 3 languages but, sadly, Gortish is not one of them. I truly only went into that exhibit for the husband and other sci-fi geeks such as yourself. Sounds like you need to book a flight to Seattle and verify its authenticity for yourself. Do report back, will you?

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  6. I soooo resonate with the selfie song and the oompa-loompa theme strikes the perfect chord. In fact, I’m sure we would make great travel companions because I would have ranked those attractions in the same order! Peace sister!

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  7. Oh my, this post had me laughing so hard! The obsessive selfie culture drives me crazy. I saw several near-deaths-from-almost-falls at National Parks by selfie-takers.

    I agree with your sentiments about Pike Place Market (we went on a weekend too), and MoPOP was a great surprise. At first I wasn’t sure it would be worth the admission price, but we really enjoyed it, especially the music and hour/sci-fi exhibits.

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    1. Glad you liked it! Yeah, we’ve heard about some of those (near) deaths at national parks. It used to be other people were taking the picture and saying, Back up. A little more. A little more. And down they went. Now it’s selfie-takers doing it to themselves.

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