Today’s post is all about Seattle, the final port-of-call during our Alaskan cruise aboard the Disney Wonder. One of the attractions of this cruise for me personally was the fact that 2 non-Alaskan cities, Seattle & Vancouver, were 2 cities that I have never visited before. We scheduled 3 days in each city making our vacation about 2 weeks in length total. Because of this I have many, many photos taken in each city.
As part of my port-of-call speed scrap I decided to create two layouts, one for each city showcasing a collage page of the city facing a “big photo” page. These layouts can be grouped in my ports-of-call section or separated out as I gradually scrap the rest of the photos. If I never scrap all those photos at least I have 2 layouts of some of my best photos of these 2 great cities.
If you decide to take the Alaskan cruise it is well worth the effort to book extra time in your vacation to visit these wonderful cities. In Seattle we spent a lot of time at Pikes Place Market, strolling the streets, shopping, eating & drinking lattes! I think I gained more weight in Seattle than I did on the cruise ship!
Seattle is an awesome city for foodies. Be sure to visit The Crumpet Shop at Pikes Place for homemade crumpets and tea.
The highlight of our time in Seattle was a guided photo safari that we booked ahead of time. I highly recommend this if you are into photography or are just looking to be escorted all around town in a small group. It was personal, non-touristy and relaxing.
In Seattle, especially, I know we would never have seen everything that we saw all in one day, given how spread out everything was. We met our very knowledgeable guides at a prearranged meeting spot at Pikes Place Market where we boarded a very nice clean bus with a very small group of other photographers/tourists.
We visited the Ballard Locks where the Salmon run. I loved this part since it is so integral to the history of Seattle. There are some interesting things to photograph there and some great viewing spots where the salmon can be viewed swimming underwater. We also visited an old railcar spot, the Freemont Troll sculpture, Kerry Park which has the very best skyline view of the city, the Japanese Botanical gardens and Snoqualmie Falls outside of the city. The layout featuring the single large photo of the Seattle skyline was taken at Kerry Park.
My favorite part of the day was our visit to the Japanese Botanical Gardens where they provided a picnic lunch featuring food items from Pikes Place Market. The table was spread with a beautiful cloth and a vase with market flowers and we all took turns photographing it before we ate!
If you have time during your trip and you love photography I highly recommend taking a “photo safari”. (even if you are not a photographer, or you have people in your family that are not, you will still be visiting some pretty cool spots- there will be something for everybody!)
My husband actually surprised me with this tour and it was amazing. Most major cities have photo safari type tours. It is well worth the money because the tour is geared towards photo-taking and guided by insiders who know all the good spots and can get you to them all – in one day.
Join me next week for Vancouver!