Seattle – Sometimes Known as Home

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Someone asked me recently if we were home for the summer.

“No”, I replied, “we were in Seattle.”

“Right, isn’t that home?” they asked.

I laughed. “Oh, yeah. THAT home.”

I suppose it depends how you define home. Usually, I do think of Seattle as my home, but the longer we spend away, the less familiar it feels.

“It’s a funny thing coming home. Nothing changes. Everything looks the same, feels the same, even smells the same. You realize what’s changed is you.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Currently, home is where my kids’ drawings hang on the refrigerator, and where my slippers are tucked away. It’s the familiar taste of the coffee from our neighbourhood café and running to the butcher before they close on the weekends.

The only part of Seattle that truly felt like home were the warm, familiar hugs, and easy conversation and laughter with those we love so dearly. Everything else felt more like nostalgia. Some places had hardly changed, while others had changed so much we found ourselves lost. Home or not, I appreciate the Pacific Northwest so much. Perhaps more than I ever have.

Seattle Kerry Park

View from Kerry Park

Seattle Center

Seattle Center

Mt. Rainier National Park

Mt. Rainier National Park

Chihuly Garden Seattle

Chihuly Garden (next 2 photos)

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To most Europeans, Seattle is quite an unknown place, tucked away in the upper left of the USA. People usually associate it with Starbucks, Amazon and Bill Gates. Brits never ask about the rain, since they believe that nowhere in the world rains more than the UK. When I’m asked to describe it, I ramble on about evergreens, mountains and sunshiny islands reached by ferry boat. Sometimes I mention the quaint neighborhoods and great coffee and seafood. I usually also mention the rain and horrible traffic problems, because otherwise it would simply sound too good to be true.

But Seattle on a good day…it really is too good to be true. And we had a lot of good days this past August.

View from the Space Needle Seattle

View of Lake Union from the Space Needle

Seattle Bainbridge Ferry

Seattle/Bainbridge Ferry in the fog

Kitsap Peninsula, Seattle

Point No Point Beach, Kitsap Peninsula

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“You will never be completely at home again. Because part of your heart will always be elsewhere. That is the price you pay for the richness of loving and knowing people in more than one place.” – Miriam Adeney

On this last trip, we decided that we are pretty darn lucky. We love living in the UK, just a hop-skip-and-jump away from continental Europe. Without going into too much (political) detail, we don’t feel a major pull to return to the US at present, but we are grateful to have such a great place to go back to.

We managed to fit a lot into 4 weeks and it still didn’t seem like enough time. I’ve captioned most photos to create a visual list of some of the fabulous Washington spots we visited. You can find a written list at the end of this post.

Blue Angels, Seattle Seafair

Blue Angels soar over Seattle during Seafair

Pioneer Square Seattle

Pioneer Square

Washington beach sunset

Beach sunset, Kitsap Peninsula

SUP Alki Beach

SUP Alki Beach

View from Alki Beach

City Skyline from Alki Beach

Seattle Waterfront, Wheel

Seattle Waterfront

Pike Place Market Seattle

Pike Place Market

Snoqualmie Falls Washington

Snoqualmie Falls

Full Moon, Point No Point Lighthouse

Full Moon over Point No Point Lighthouse, Hansville WA

Safeco Field

Mariners Game, Safeco Field

First Starbucks café Seattle

Original Starbucks café

Seattle Gum Wall

Seattle Gum Wall (Eww!)

EMP Seattle

Experience Music Project (EMP)

Edmonds sunset Seattle

Edmonds Sunset

Mt. Rainier from the Puget Sounds

Mt. Rainier from the Puget Sound

Mt. Rainier National Park

Mt. Rainier National Park

Mt. Rainier National Park

Mt. Rainier National Park

If you’re heading to Seattle, you might put these places on your list:

  1. Space Needle
  2. Chihuly Garden
  3. Ride a ferry boat (Bainbridge Island is a short ride away)
  4. Alki Beach
  5. Snoqualmie Falls
  6. Olympic Peninsula
  7. Kerry Park on Queen Anne (for a stunning view of the city)
  8. Mt. Rainier National Park
  9. Seattle waterfront (the aquarium)
  10. Pioneer Square (Seattle underground tour is here)
  11. Pike Place Market (Original Starbucks and Gum Wall are here)
  12. Greenlake / Phinney Ridge (Woodland Park Zoo)
  13. Mariners Game (spring/summer)
  14. Seafair activities (August)
  15. Seattle Center and the Experience Music Project (EMP)

One thought on “Seattle – Sometimes Known as Home

  1. Molly M

    You really did have a great bout of weather while you were here! Such beautiful photos that make me long for summertime already (it’s only October!). We were so happy to reconnect our families and miss you greatly, but realize all too much that home is where the heart is…we are just glad you are loving the UK and thankful you have family to bring you back every so often for a visit!

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