When I think of the Emerald City, I’m immediately transported back to my childhood and the endless amounts of time I spent watching The Wizard of Oz. As a child, I never once imagined that a town like The Emerald City existed…and well, it still doesn’t, but Seattle comes close with their lush green surroundings.
When the plane was preparing to land, I peeked through the windows and only saw an endless amount of green…a welcome escape to the endless amounts of dry and dead grass in California.
So, this is what it looks like when a state receives rain? Amazing!
My vacation to Seattle was very touristy and filled with everything a tourist would do…Chihuly Garden & Glass (check), View of and from the Space Needle (check), Seattle Aquarium (check), Seattle Great Wheel (check) and much more…yup, your quintessential tourist.
My favorite, aside from walking around town, was Chihuly Garden & Glass. When my time to walk down the aisle comes, I can imagine myself getting married under hundreds of pounds of breakable glass. Seriously though…this place is breathtakingly amazing! The time and attention to detail is evident in the glasswork. There’s only a handful of places (if that), where when I’m on vacation, that I have the urge to go back to more than once before I leave…this is one of them. If you come to Seattle, this is a must-see for anyone who loves beautiful handmade artwork.
Aside from Chihuly Garden & Glass, I also visited the EMP Museum. If you love music, pop culture and sci-fi, you’re in the right place. Just like any museum, I’m pretty sure the museum is constantly evolving their exhibits. If you’re a Star Wars fan, which I’m not, they currently have a Star Wars exhibit available to access with extra cost. I, personally, love music and enjoyed going through the Hendrix and Nirvana experience. For children, or anyone who loves making music, there’s a sound lab where you can go and play instruments, record, make music…I loved this interactive part of the museum. To finish off my visit to the EMP Museum I decided to end it on a lighter note: a visit to the Chuck Jones exhibit on Bugs Bunny and the horror movie experience. Yes, completely different ends of the spectrum…but very fun nonetheless.
When I wasn’t at the museums, I loved walking throughout the Farmer’s Market. The colorful fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers and specialty shops were aplenty and something for me to look forward to everyday. The shop proprietors and stall vendors were very friendly and welcoming…wouldn’t expect anything less from Seattlites.
Photography: © Pritika Chand