My younger daughter lives in the Seattle area. I decided to spend a week here so I could explore the city and the area a bit since I haven’t spent much time here before. She gave me a card for public transportation so with the help of Google maps and directions, I have been out and about while she and her husband were at work. Except for one unplanned excursion to Tacoma (where I met interesting people on the bus and had fun), I have managed to get where I wanted to go.
It is fun to photograph city scenes, something I don’t usually do. I ordered a small camera which unfortunately didn’t get shipped out in a timely manner so my iPad has been my camera. It takes decent enough photos to keep me entertained for a while though, so I have lots of photos to sort through and share.
First day, take the bus into the city, get turned around, and cross over the highway a couple times. It was a beautiful day and the sun felt great though.
Success! I found REI. I needed a couple bike accessories and a pair of lightweight travel pants. It is hard for me to find clothes in Panama since I am bigger than most Panamanians but I found just what I wanted here.
Next plan, find Goodwill for some t-shirts to wear around the house. The final destination of the bus and the stop I needed are not the same thing so I was surprised when the bus got on the highway and drove us all to Tacoma! There were some fantastic view of Mt Rainer though, and when my seat neighbor saw me taking photos she realized I was a visitor. We had a great conversation all the way to the airport where I knew how to catch the light rail and another bus home.
The next day my plan was to take the ferry to Bainbridge Island. This took me downtown to an area with a lot of buildings that were fun to photograph. Again, the weather was gorgeous. (Photos of Bainbridge will be another post)
Steps along a really steep street
The buildings looked beautiful in the sun against the clear blue sky
I stopped because the flowers caught my eye, but I also caught a snapshot of life these days. Everyone, everywhere is constantly on their phones.
Elizabeth told me she saw a program on the apartment that is in the top of this tower. Apparently a woman has a really cool home up there.
I sopped on this corner and got sprinkled with water. When I looked up I realized it was from the window washers up there. There was enough water coming down they must have had a hose or something.
Yep, more buildings
We came back from another excursion and saw these guys climbing up to the top of the bridge. Sure enough, they all jumped off and into the water a short time later.
This duck boat passed us with music, and people hollering and waving. It looked like party central!
I think it is required to take at least one photo of the Space Needle while in Seattle. I couldn’t pass up this pretty view.
Elizabeth had heard about a sculpture garden near the waterfront and wanted to check it out. We arrived as the sun was getting lower in the sky and the views were fantastic.
I really like this unusual fountain. The child is reaching for someone who is almost totally hidden in the water.
As we headed back to the car, a train came through town and the traffic had to wait.
The end to another perfect day. As we headed home the mountain was “out”.
These photos were taken over a few days. There will be more coming about specific activities in the days while I have been here. Seattle in the summer is a fantastic place with a lot of both natural and made made beauty, and a lot of things to do.
If you want to know more about the sculpture garden, google “Olympic Sculpture Park”. It is a part of the Seattle Art Museum.
About Kris Cunningham
We live in David, Chiriqui Provence, Republic of Panama! This blog is about some of our experiences in our new country.
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Welcome to the Pacific NW. You will see why we stay here for our summer’s. We live south of Seattle near Mt. St. Helens. Do see Pike Street Market & the great selection of fruit & vegetables there. Probably more $ then your local Mercado in David! Have a great visit.
Oh yes I can see why you like it here. It is a great area. I will continue to explore on future visits because I know there is lots more to see and do.
We spent a lot of time in Seattle.
Great seafood is Elliott’s. Pizza is Serious Pie. Underground tour is fun.Ferry over to Bainbridge is a most do.
Weather wise this is the best time!
I heard about the underground tour and will have to do it on a future visit. Thanks for the tips on food and you are right about the ferry to Bainbridge. It was lovely.
So glad you’re having a great time. I enjoyed the underground tour. Hokey, but fascinating. The ferry is fun and all the Asian markets and cuisine. Love that the bis system takes you everywhere for a dollar. Jubilado price.
Yep, you are right, great place to visit. There are many more things to do on future visits, including the underground tour. I have heard that it can be great fun especially if you get a good tour guide.
Looks like a nice modern city, maybe as modern as Panama City… LOL
Yes, it could be!
Great photos Kris. I love Seattle too! Sometimes I will take the train from Oregon (Albany) to Seattle (takes 5 1/2 hours) and then walk into downtown and stay at my favorite place, Pensione Nichols on 1st street. (A wonderful Bnb) Always a great workshop, concert or something/or/other going on up there. Love the ferries. And the food….oh my! Hope you have a fabulous time! 🙂 Linda
Thanks! I have had a great time, and I am sure there will be more good times on future visits 🙂
Hi, Kris. I would like to introduce myself. My name is Neva and my husband and I will be going to “check out” Panama for 3 weeks around Christmas as a possible retirement destination sometime within the next couple of years! We are very excited about the prospect of finding a place where we can live on a limited income but that is also an “adventure” for us!
We live in Bothell, WA (east of Lake Washington). I read that you are kind of on your own while your daughter is working during the day. I work a limited schedule during the summer at a school for hearing-impaired children. If it fits into your schedule, we’d love to meet you and hear about your life in Panama! Through July, I am only working Tues thru Thurs, then off a week before hitting the ground running to get the school ready to open in the fall.
Thank you for the invitation! Unfortunately we missed each other this time, and I am on route home today. I will be back in January though, or if you visit my area please let me know. As far as I know we will be around in December. It is a pleasure to meet you too 🙂
Thanks for the quick turn-around on the email! We will be spending time in David and Boquete on our search in December and will get in touch after we’ve figured out our itinerary. Can you suggest any places to stay while in the area? We’ve been checking out Airbnb.com. for rentals, etc.
Sounds good! I’ll email you and maybe we can find some good places for you to stay.
I’m originally from Seattle and back on business/vacation for a few days. Glad you were able to take advantage of the awesome sights the great PNW has!
Check my blog out some time at :monnibee.com
I’m glad too. It’s such a beautiful area, and there are so many things to do. I see some familiar sights on your blog! I will definitely check it out further when I have a bit more time. Thanks for stopping by mine 🙂