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Seattle - A travel report by Brad
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Seattle is a very diverse city. I would say only San Fransisco and New York rival Seattle in respects to food, wine, different cultures, sites, nature and a metropolis all in one. The white wine in Washington is truly compared among the best in the world and the red wines are getting up there. There is fabulous archetecture, art, great hiking, decent fishing, winery tasting tours, professional baseball, basketball, football and numerous other things to do and places to see.

(This picture is of the Space Needle. It was built for the World Fair in the 60's. Great addition to the city...one of a kind)

Favourite spots:
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The Pike Street Market is a popular hangout. It is on Pike St. and 2nd Ave and you can spend a couple of hours here hanging out. Be sure to watch the flying fish (which has been in several movies) at the fish market. People who order a salmon watch as their order is prepared and thrown from person to person...pretty fun actually. Great great coffee spots here. Try the bakery at La Panierre...great pasteries owned by a French baker.

Seattle center on the weekends by the Space Needle is a lot of fun in the summer. There are rides for kids, grat festivals from May-September, and dozens of different foods from all over the world.

The Seattle Art Museum is another great spot. They constantly have exhibits of Piscasso's, Monet, Renault, and the like. On first avenue.


What's really great:
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Seattle's diversity is wonderful. Because it is such a large port city, you have people of all types. Chinese and Japanese are everywhere and this gives for some great food and makes Seattle a big industry in the technology field. In addition to this, the headquarters of Microsoft is in Bellevue (just 20 minutes from Seattle). The climate is comparable to that of Scandinavia which has drawn a lot of northern Europeans here. Ballard (part of Seattle, just north of downtown by 8 minutes) has Swedish, Danish, Norwegian shops everywhere. There is Chinatown with foods from Vietnam, Thailand, and duh, China.

(this picture is of Mt. Raineer in the background. Click to enlarge...Mt. Raineer you can see from everywhere in Seattle and is very a very beautiful part of the landscape)

Accommodations:
Five star to youth hostels. A nice hotel in the downtown area that is a little cheaper as far as hotels go, is The Roosevelt (about $90 a night). There is the Sheraton, Hilton, and the Vintage Hotel that are all in the downtown area. Very nice hotels starting at $125+ a night.

There is also the Seattle Youth Hostel in a funky little ally by the Pike Street Market. This is the place to stay for backpackers coming through. One more hostel is on second but is a little more run-down.

Nightlife:
LOTS of clubs here. A new one as of 2002 is Medussa. In Belltown. Huge club with good music. Belltown Billards is a good upscale pool hall. Tiki Bob's for the 21-23 age range.

Hangouts:
Fado in Pioneer Square is a great pub with an awesome cover band on the weekends. People really have a blast here for a smaller dance scene but still big enough to get lost in the crowd.

Restaurants:
Tulio's on 5th and Spring has one of the best wine lists in Seattle. In Freemont there are also some great Thai places. The Metropolitan Steakhouse is also first class.

Other recommendations:
Greenlake is one of the best places in the city to spend a summer day. Everyone is Seattle seems to be very healthy and fit. Kids are out playing, people rollerblading, running, swimming, sun tanning, playing basketball, soccer, ultimate (frisbee), volleyball...everything. Best to have a beer at the Greenlake Bar and Grill or Taco Guamo's...have one of the wet burrito's...mmmmmm.

Freemont is also a very artsy funky part of town. Good shopping and hanging out. Great pubs in this part as well. Be sure to try a MAC n JACK ... Great beer.

Published on Friday November 22th, 2002


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