Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Exploring Seattle

I've had the chance to explore various neighborhoods around Seattle since returning to The United States.  This city is our birthplace, and I love the hustle and bustle of it.  While it doesn't begin to compare with sprawling Tokyo,  I'm still enjoying the sites, people-watching, the food, and the noise.  I've learned that I love a lot of commotion and feel energized by a city.  I've made a pact with myself that I was going to go to Seattle more often.  We are only 10 minutes away from the ferry, so why not!

Some places worth checking out:

Tea ceremony dates at Japanese Garden in Arboretum.

Washington State Arboretum

We caught a bus (#43) downtown Seattle from Pine Street to Montlake and walked along some pathways in the Arboretum.  A little glum this time of year, but it was a nice day to explore.  They have a Japanese Garden that opens in March that has tea ceremonies and other happenings going on there.  I want to go back in the spring for Cherry Blossom season.  There are also some other great trails along Lake Washington where you can picnic, take in the scenery, or walk over to MOHI (Museum of History and Industry). 

Teatro Zinzanni Dinner Theatre

This was a wonderful evening of entertainment near Seattle Center.  I bought General Admission seating which weren't cheap (over $100/pp), but I think well worth it.  We had an awesome view of all the entertainment (singing, dancing, acting, acrobatics, gymnastics, music, etc) and a 5 course meal.  The venue changes every few months and runs year round. 

Seattle Great Wheel

Seattle's newest attraction since we've been gone.  Although it doesn't compare to the huge Cosmo Clock Ferris Wheel in Yokohama, it was still nice to do on a sunny day.  For $13pp we saw some great views of downtown, and of the water..  Not to mention we went around about 4 times which is usually unheard of with such attractions!

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