After our week long Alaska cruise, we docked in Seattle relatively early in the morning on Saturday 9th May. We were so exhausted from a very late night in Victoria BC that we didn't even feel the ship docking. We had requested the 9am disembark time to avoid mad the rush.
We dropped our luggage at our hotel, The Westin, and took the local monorail to the Space Needle which is 520 ft high and has spectacular 360 degree views all over Seattle and the waterways.
After taking many photos, we lunched on hot dogs and Dr Pepper, like true Americans, before returning to the monorail, and passing via See's Candies en route to the hotel.
The Westin has views over Puget Sound and we watched the MS Westerdam as she sailed away at 6pm on her next Alaskan cruise.
Before sunset we took a taxi to Kerry Park, which is on a high point overlooking downtown Seattle, with snow topped Mount Rainier as a backdrop. I joined dozens of photographers with their tripods set up waiting for sunset & blue hour. It was extremely cold, and my parents and aunt patiently waited while I did what any good photographer does and captured images until the end of blue hour. I was relatively happy with the results considering it was quite overcast and Mount Rainier wasn't visible at all (however, that part was disappointing).
We then took a taxi back to the Space Needle (this is where the young hang out at night) for some night shots before returning to the Hotel, frozen and starving, at about 11pm. I rather liked this bokeh shot of the city lights...
The next morning was my Mum's birthday (as well as Australian Mother's Day) and we had a complimentary breakfast before heading off to explore more of the city .
Seattle's Great Wheel is identical to Brisbane's Wheel. We managed to get some great views from our little gondola.
The Seattle Aquarium is a public aquarium which opened in 1977 and is located on Pier 59 on the Elliott Bay waterfront.
Police boat putting on a show...
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