Le Chic En Rose

Diaries of an independent traveller

Sorting through old photos on the computer recently, I came across some pictures of our Seattle trip back in August 2018 (see here and here for the previous posts about the rest of the trip in Canada and Alaska).

At the end of our travels in Alaska, we flew down to Seattle from Fairbanks (just below the Arctic Circle). You only have two options by air out of Fairbanks – one is to Minneapolis and the other to Seattle. No flights go back directly to Canada, from where we had started our trip up to Alaska, so we decided to break our journey back to Vancouver by spending a few nights in Seattle.

Unfortunately courtesy of a gentleman in front of us in the boarding queue who coughed and spluttered everywhere, I went down with the worst case of flu I’d had in a long time, which marred our 4-day Seattle sojourn. Monsieur was happily not affected but I think I took a hit for the team! Imagine if that had happened nowadays in the Covid era? I would have been stranded for a while, unable to fly anywhere.

Anyway I had about a day to enjoy Seattle (simply putting my growing headache and tiredness down to our busy schedule in the previous 3 weeks) before the onset of full-on flu symptoms. I was so sick – hence the Seattle holiday has become rather a blurred memory and curtailed most of our sight-seeing plans.

Nevertheless we did still manage to get out and about on the first couple of days before I was confined to bed in our Airbnb flat, unable to even watch TV. Monsieur went out in search of medications and immune-boosting supplements so by the last day I was just about able to walk around the block and have a small evening meal in Belltown (the locality in which we were staying).

That is the story of why I never posted about Seattle but given it’s a while ago and we’d actually taken some interesting photos I thought it would be cathartic to write about our trip there!

As I said before, we had chosen Belltown as our base. According to the Visit Seattle website (here), Belltown is “walkable and cool” and “has an artsy laid-back vibe”. We saw street markets, quaint cafes, larger bars and restaurants in the short time we were there but didn’t get to explore as fully as we hoped. One thing I do remember is how hilly it was – not great when you have the flu.

We did however get to one of Downtown Seattle’s main attractions, the Pike Place Market, about a 10 minute or so walk from our apartment in Belltown.

Down by the waterfront, Pike Place Market is truly an amazing place. With so many stalls, shops and little boutiques it is easy to get lost! You can easily find the fish market though by the aroma of freshly-caught seafood. The fish stall is particularly famous for the zealous fishmongers, or more accurately “fish throwers” who throw the slippery catch of the day around to the cheers of the onlooking crowd. I found an article here in National Geographic, which explains the origin of the tradition. Apparently on an icy cold day back in the 1980s, one of the customers ordered some clams and the employee had to to go from the counter to the stand where the fish was kept. Although it wasn’t too far it was so cold that he yelled out and threw the bag at another employee serving at the counter where the scales were kept. It proved to be more efficient so the tradition was started and continues to this day. It was rather like watching a theatrical perfomance hence we took quite a few photos there.

I should also add that when we visited (towards the end of August 2018) there had been a terrible wildfire season in the north west Pacific region. We had encountered wildfires and the consequent smoke during our trip to Canada, in particular in Banff and the Rockies. Now smoke from the Washington State fires had drifted down to the Seattle and Puget Sound area causing an unpleasant smog. In fact if we’d been arriving the day before, our flight would have been cancelled due to poor visibility. The airport was only reopened on the day of our arrival.

The smoke haze does affect the quality of some of the photos. In no particular order is a pictorial snapshot of the Bellown and Pike Place neighbourhood – the industrial look is quite typical of what we saw in downtown Seattle.

The pier area is interesting and the Seattle Aquarium is highly recommended though we didn’t visit ourselves.

There is a thriving pub and bar culture and I did struggle to find healthy food options but I think we often just settled on the first place we saw as I wasn’t feeling too great even on our first day there.

I didn’t like the idea of the chewing gum wall at all though. You can make your own minds up from the photos (if you can spot it, enough said)!

I’ve got a couple more posts to share about Seattle, which hopefully I can post up soon. I hadn’t realised I hadn’t posted since the end of April. All the family except myself and Monsieur have had Covid. We’ve escaped so far though I have had a heavy winter cold (non-Covid as I’ve done several tests). Back on track in time for the school holidays where we have some outings planned and currently enjoying crisp, clear Perth winter weather.

Ciao for now!

Copyright ยฉ 2022 Rosemary Thomas Le Chic En Rose

18 thoughts on “Old Trip 2018 – Seattle Part 1

  1. restlessjo says:

    A shame about the flu, Rosemay, because Seattle sounds like a lively and interesting town. I’m sure I have photos stashed in obscure places that may never see the light of day. Stay fit and healthy, hon, so you can enjoy the school hols.

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    1. Thanks Jo – yes the flu was a shame as I really wasn’t up to doing too much ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I am surprised, however, by how many photos we actually took. I think, from what I can gather, we stayed in the best part of town. There are lots of pretty islands to explore too in the Puget Sound area and we did manage to visit one of those, which will be an upcoming post. I am feeling much better – everyone seems to be ill at present (Covid plus flus and colds) so am taking a lot of immune boosters to hopefully avoid any more bugs. We’re taking the grandkids to the Van Gogh Alive Exhibition here in Perth tomorrow which we’ve really been looking forward to. Have a lovely week ๐Ÿ™‚


      1. restlessjo says:

        A blogging friend lives there and it does look a lovely city, Rosemay. Look forward to seeing more ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’—

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        1. I am surprised we took so many photos Jo! I am detouring this week as I have a couple of posts nearer home to Perth that I want to share then back to Seattle! Hope you are having a lovely weekend xx ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  2. We stayed a few nights in Seattle on our way to Alaska, but that was 2001 I think, well pre-blog, and memories are very hazy. I remember Pikeโ€™s Place and getting a ferry out to Bainbridge Island. Bad luck on getting so ill.

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    1. Yes just one of those things I’m afraid – I do find one can pick things up more easily when travelling. Nevertheless we still did a few things and actually went out to Bainbridge Island on the ferry too so that is in an upcoming post. I’ll be along to visit you soon – as you can see I haven’t been too present in the blogosphere for a while but planning to remedy that now. Hope all is well with you ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Heyjude says:

    It’s always hard to be enthusiastic about exploring when you feel rotten, I admire the brave smile you put on! We were going to Seattle in 2014 when the OH had a conference there, but because we had the chance to go to Sydney a couple of months later we decided to put all our money into the Oz trip. I must say that the idea of a chewing gum wall disgusts me. I loathe chewing gum and the mess it makes of pavements. I think Pike Place reminds me of Fremantle.

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    1. Thanks Jude – I think it is a bit of a wan smile but I managed to carry on for about a day and a half then just had to retire to bed for the duration ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Yes the wall was gross but is a tourist attraction so felt it needed to be photographed but I hid it in the gallery near the bottom. I wonder if it’s still there at all – can hardly be good for public health?! Pike Place is a bit like Fremantle come to think of it – the wharf area has a similar feel too and it is rather like the Fremantle Markets area with the artsy vibe and market stalls. I’m not sure I’d go back as there are too many other places I’d like to visit first and travel has changed somewhat recently (not to mention the increasing costs!).

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      1. Heyjude says:

        There are so many wonderful places in Australia I don’t think you need to go abroad. I’d still like to see Tasmania. And I agree, everything is just sooo expensive now.

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        1. Tasmania is beautiful – we’ve been there a couple of times back in the 1990s. Not only are flights expensive at present but there are many last minute cancellations. We’re in the middle of the school holidays here at present (for 2 weeks) and it’s been quite chaotic at the airports apparently.


  4. Lovely set of images. I have been to Seattle once on business which means I didn’t see much of the town… (Suzanne)

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    1. Thanks Suzanne – we didn’t get to see as much of the town as we’d planned but I do have quite a few more photos to share! Hope all is well with you ๐Ÿ™‚


      1. We are doing well and are just back from a 3-weeks trip to Peru. We have started posting our pictures on our blog. We had a great time though it is a very intense experience because of the high altitude for a good portion of the trip.

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        1. Sounds wonderful Suzanne ๐Ÿ™‚ I will be along to check out your photos very soon (it’s late evening here so may have to be tomorrow!). I think I would find the altitude a problem – I was ok at 3000 metres in Switzerland though did notice the air was thinner. I’m guessing Peru would be at another level!


  5. Gilda Baxter says:

    Hi Rosemay, I read your part 2 first and just now realised you were feeling poorly in Seattle.
    I am glad you still managed to do a few things before the flu ๐Ÿค’ got you.
    The chewing gum wall sounds a bit yeeeks, but if stops people spitting chewing gum in the street, I am all for it.
    I love the film โ€œSleepless In Seattleโ€ it is definitely a place I would love to visitโ€ฆmaybe one day.

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    1. No problem at all Gilda! Yes alas I had a horrible flu in Seattle – obviously caught it from the discourteous gentleman in the airport in Fairbanks who was coughing everywhere. So it did mean we couldn’t do as much as planned. We were there 4 days – I was coming down with it on the first full day which covers Parts 1 and 2 here. Then by the next day I was feeling quite crook but Monsieur thought it would do me good to get on the ferry and go to Bainbridge Island. We found a nice winery for lunch and took a lot of photos so that will be my next post. After that I pretty much stayed in bed for 2 days until we left for Vancouver by train. It’s a really pretty train ride up from Seattle along the coast. I’m amazed we managed to take so many photos – it was a bit of a blur at the time and now I can enjoy looking at them again ๐Ÿ™‚
      I also loved “Sleepless in Seattle”. There are some lovely homes along the waterfront and a ferry is a good way to see them ๐Ÿ™‚


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