Seattle

Seattle is such a neat city to visit and the home of one of my favorite TV shows, Grey's Anatomy. August 2019, before taking my mother on a 7 Day Alaskan Cruise, I had the opportunity to show her around Seattle. Tickets from Houston or Dallas to SEA can be quite pricey all year long (typically $300+ round-trip). This is my second time visiting Seattle and I was not fond of the airfare price. Before booking my mother and I round-trip tickets, I tracked the prices for nearly a yea just knowing in my heart that I would find a really great deal.


One day coming back from Montego Bay, Jamaica, United airlines cancelled the flights from New Jersey (EWR) to Houston (IAH). This was my first and last time booking a flight with a stop. I absolutely needed to be in Houston by Monday and on Sunday night United cancelled the flight, lost my bag and only offered a food and a New Jersey Best Western voucher. The morning planes to Houston from Jersey were full, however New York/LaGuardia had morning flights. I had to sleep in Jersey due to United's rebooking policy and pay my own $96 uber so that I can get from New Jersey to New York airport. (Airlines have contracts with other airlines so United rebooked my flight with Delta Airlines).


Once I arrived to LaGuardia Airport, Delta airlines were looking for 6 volunteers to catch another flight. They offered $300 and only two people volunteered. The voucher went to $600 and two more people volunteered (it was me. I was one of the two lol) No one else would volunteer and the voucher went up to $900 so two more people decided to be in the running. I was number 3 in line. Somehow after giving my boarding pass to the attendant, numbers 123 became 456. She called our names, placed us in a line and said there's room for the first three. The lady who was originally in the 456 grouped looked at me and I had to politely step back and tell her I am now #4. I knew I was in the right place at the right time and she needed to go ahead and catch that plane! Numbers 123 had to board the plane and numbers 456 received the $900 and new flights. I received a $900 American Express Gift Card in the mail. The voucher covered our round-trip tickets to Seattle and we went on to enjoy our lovely 7 Day Alaskan Crusie!


Below are places to visit while in Seattle:


Pike's Place


Pike's Place is one of the oldest continuously operated public farmers' markets in the United States and worth a visit! You can find fresh fruit, seafood, flowers, canned preserves and much more. It is located at the corner of Pike Street and Pike Place. Here, you will see fishmongers singing and tossing fish to be wrapped for customers! Before leaving the market don't forget to stop by the infamous Seattle Gum Wall and the first Starbucks.



The First Starbucks

The first Starbucks was opened in Seattle, Washington, on March 31, 1971.



Seattle Gum Wall

Grab a piece a gum, blow it and take a pic! I thought this was the most neat, yet, disgusting thing I've ever seen lol I definitely didn't like the ideal of a 50 foot wall full of gum left by people from all over the world. In the early 1990s, while waiting in line at the nearby Unexpected Productions theater, many people would stick gum to the wall. Staff had difficulty maintaining the wall cleanliness due to the overwhelming visitors sticking gum on the wall. In 2015 ( nearly 20 years later), Pike Place Market Preservation took all of the gum off the wall and steamed clean the wall to preserve the brick underneath. The work took 130 hours, and 2,350 pounds of gum was removed! Unfortunately, many visitors returned to the wall and left more gum. Seattle's Gum Wall has been voted one of the weirdest attractions in the city and landed #2 on the top five germiest tourist attractions in 2009!


The Crab Pot

While touring Pike's Place, stop in to eat at The Crab Pot. The drinks and food were both great. Get there early because the lines get pretty long!




Tour Snoqualmie Falls


This tour was booked through TripAdvisor. It included transportation to Snoqualmie Falls and wine tasting at Chateau Ste Michelle and Goose Ridge Estate Winery. Of the two, my favorite was Chateau Michelle. The winery was elegant, spacious and offered multiple options to meet your palette need.


Snoqualmie Falls is a 268-foot waterfall in the northwest United States, located east of Seattle on the Snoqualmie River between Snoqualmie and Fall City, Washington. Before heading back to Seattle, this tour takes you to Boehm’s Swiss Chocolate Factory, where you will tour the grounds and see how chocolate is made in the factory. Overall, I enjoyed the tour, however I could have rented a car and saw the falls and visited the wineries on my own.



The Icon of Seattle: The Space Needle

Another great site to visit is the The Space Needle. The Space Needle is an observatory deck. It was built in the Seattle Center for the 1962 World's Fair.


El Guacho Restaurant

We ended our mother and daughter vacation at my favorite restaurant in Seattle, El Guacho. The restaurant offers live jazz on the piano and spectacular table side presentations with your meal! Below dish is called The Flying Sword.






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