Sisters Seattle Trip Part 3

Sisters Seattle Trip On our last day, we had the morning to explore the rest of Seattle on foot that we missed the other days. We were on our way to find the hidden Gum Wall when we ran into Mr. Sasquatch above. When we finally found the Gum Wall, we were half disgusted and half amazed:

Sisters Seattle Trip

Sisters Seattle Trip

We made our mark - A(kiyo) S(hizuka) K(aori) Ishii:

Sisters Seattle Trip

After Purelling our hands like mad, we headed to downtown where we took in all the architecture. We had learned during the Duck Tour about the Great Seattle Fire and how the new city ordinance required all buildings to be built with bricks and stones.

Sisters Seattle Trip

Sisters Seattle Trip

We took a few silly pictures too:

Sisters Seattle Trip

Sisters Seattle Trip

We had a light breakfast at Zeitgeist Coffee and started walking back to checkout the Seattle Public Library. But before we got there, Shizuka wanted to stop by a Cherry Street Coffee to buy coffee beans as gifts and we came across this neat painting on their wall:

Sisters Seattle Trip

So the Seattle Public Library is this amazing building with tons of windows. If you're afraid of heights like me, I suggest you just enjoy it from the outside because it's not very friendly for people like us.

Sisters Seattle Trip

Sisters Seattle Trip

Once you walk in the main entrance, you're greeted by this steep yellow escalator. My knees shook, my palms were sweating, and my heart started pounding.

Sisters Seattle Trip

My sisters didn't realize the extent of my fear and they laughed at me while they kept going up the other escalators. I kept my cool and found an elevator and found myself at the third floor:

Sisters Seattle Trip

Creepy, right? At this point, I was trying to text them, walking around everywhere. I went up the stairs to the fourth floor and was greeted by computers. I walked across the floor toward the elevator to only realize that nearly everything, including the side rails and elevators, were glass. I freaked. I closed my eyes, hung onto the elevator rails, and rushed outside in tears (just a bit). Haha, I can laugh about it now but I've learned not to test my fear of heights. (Funny thing is, I was somewhat okay when we were at Snoqualmie Falls. I don't get it either.) So my sisters finally came out and apologized and helped me to the top. But I didn't do much sightseeing so Shizuka took lots of neat pictures like this:

Sisters Seattle Trip

If you're afraid of heights and you want to enter the building, I suggest you go in from the Spring St entrance and checking it out from there, which looks like this:

Sisters Seattle Trip

It's a beautiful building! After that, it was almost time to head to the airport so we got a box of humbows at Mee Sum's to gift to our families and got a little treat at Le Panier:

Sisters Seattle Trip

Sisters Seattle Trip

We got to the airport and had our last snack together at the Africa Lounge inside SeaTac. :D Yes, we ate again! It was such a fun trip with my sisters, I hope we'll be able to do something like this again before another 10 years passes us by!

Have you gone on a sibling trip lately? Or a family trip? What's been your favorite vacation?

Lots of Smiles, Akiyo

Here's Part 1, Part 2, and Plush You!

Note: I’ve included links to all the places I’d recommend visiting. :) So if you decide to visit Seattle, there’s a lot of places to check out (and food to eat)!

Sisters Seattle Trip Part 2

Sisters Seattle Trip On Day 3, we had our family friends, the Ikedahs, take us around all the touristy places in Seattle that weren't walking distance. But before we started our tour, we had to try Moore Coffee. It was a little silly that it took us the third day to try them since it's part of our hotel! They served the best coffee in Seattle, in my opinion, and I loved their decor:

Sisters Seattle Trip

Sisters Seattle Trip

While we waited for the Ikedahs to arrive, we did some stupid things as sisters do... Like lay on the grass, soaking up the sun:

Sisters Seattle Trip

Juuust kidding! It was just a green installation in the hotel:

Sisters Seattle Trip

We took other silly photos but I'll spare you the boredom. ;)

Our first stop on our tour was Belle Epicurean:

Sisters Seattle Trip

Sisters Seattle Trip

Their chocolate croissant was delicious!

We checked out the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery. Although they said that there's a lot more salmon trying to swim up the current during the season, we were amazed at the number and size of some of the fish!

Sisters Seattle Trip

Sisters Seattle Trip

Then we stopped by Boehm's Candy. How cute is their shop?! They have a factory right behind the storefront and we were able to peek into the windows to see some of their intricate chocolate creations. They have tours which sounds like it's worth checking out.

Sisters Seattle Trip

Sisters Seattle Trip

My favorite place we visited in Seattle was Snoqualmie Falls:

Sisters Seattle Trip

Sisters Seattle Trip

It was gorgeous. The air so fresh and the trees changing color for winter. Gorgeous.

Sisters Seattle Trip

The sun setting made it even more magical.

Sisters Seattle Trip This is Ceylla in the middle. :) We've known her since birth and now she's grown into this intelligent, beautiful young lady. Oh, how time flies.

After taking in all the beauty of the waterfall and its surroundings, we had a buffet linner (late lunch, early dinner) at Snoqualmie Casino. Stuffed ourselves, of course. Then headed to the one place I definitely wanted to see, the Fremont Troll:

Sisters Seattle Trip

He's huge, a little scary driving up to him, and a little sad that his right finger is falling apart. I tried picking his nose but no boogers. ;)

We headed to Kerry Park and got to checkout the best view of the Seattle skyline.

Sisters Seattle Trip

Sisters Seattle Trip

The sun was setting so we watched as the city slowly lit up.

Sisters Seattle Trip

Sisters Seattle Trip

We then walked around the waterfront and said our goodbyes to the Ikedah family. Thank you so much for taking us around!! <3

When we got home, we did get a late night snack at Serious Pie. Pizzas and beer before bed. Only on vacation. ;)

Lots of Smiles, Akiyo

You can find the first part here and about Plush You! here. Note: I’ve included links to all the places I’d recommend visiting. :) So if you decide to visit Seattle, there’s a lot of places to check out (and food to eat)!

Sisters Seattle Trip Part 1

Sisters Seattle Trip I'm finally sharing the first part of my trip to Seattle! :) It was such an amazing trip, not only because I got to attend Plush You, but also because my sisters joined in on the adventure. We hadn't had a sister vacation in nearly 10 years so it was great to catch up and explore! We met up at Sea-Tac, rode the Link Light Rail to downtown, and walked to the Moore Hotel.

Sisters Seattle Trip our view from the hotel

Sisters Seattle Trip on our way to pike place

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Pike Place has so much more to offer than just seafood and produce. They had a huge selection of local handmade vendors of plush dolls to glassworks. (We were too busy looking through everything to take photos.) One of the huge differences that I saw in Seattle from other cities I've been to, was the visible amount of support they have for independent artists and businesses.

Sisters Seattle TripNiko was surprised at the sight of the fish and the amount of garlic!

We had late lunch/early dinner at one of the eateries in Pike Place Fish Market and unfortunately, we were disappointed in not only the food but also the service. From that point on, we decided to stick with what people had recommended which made our bellies very happy. A huge thank you to everyone who gave us suggestions on where to eat!!

For dinner, we ate at The Pink Door.

Sisters Seattle Trip

Oh my, this place had some delicious entrees and desserts! Had it not been on the pricier side, we would've dined there again.

On Day 2, we had breakfast with Kristen and some of the Plush You artists at Le Pichet.

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Then we headed to Top Pot to try their famous doughnuts.

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My favorite was their raspberry glazed doughnut! I loved all their branding too!

We walked around the Space Needle center, took some photos and decided to ride the Duck Tour.

Sisters Seattle Trip

 view of the city from our water tour portion

Sisters Seattle Trip

We were hungry after the Duck Tour so we found Cherry Street Coffee House and split a vegan sandwich.

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Spotted some graffiti art on our walk back to the hotel.

Sisters Seattle Trip

But before we got there, we stopped by Macrina for some desserts.

Sisters Seattle Trip

Went back to Pike Place to take a photo of the first Starbucks.

Sisters Seattle Trip

We decided to have some wine at the White Horse before Plush You! (You can click the link to read about my experience at my first plush show.) and tried a couple of Mee Sum Pastry's humbows. I think these buns were my favorite things I ate on the trip. We even bought a box each to take home on our last day – yes, THAT good!

Our family friends that we hadn't seen for years came to the show! :D They took us to Issian for dinner and Molly Moon's for dessert. I hadn't had really good Japanese food in forever so I ate a ton!

Sisters Seattle Trip

They dropped us off back at our hotel and that concluded our second day in Seattle. Now that I've put this post together, I realize we ate A LOT! Hahaha!

Sisters Seattle Trip

...But we walked a lot too! ;) I'll share part 2 of our adventure (including all the other places we ate at) in the next post so stay tuned!

Lots of Smiles, Akiyo

Note: I've included links to all the places I'd recommend visiting. :) So if you decide to visit Seattle, there's a lot of places to check out (and food to eat)!