Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Fuchsia in Seattle

My favourite season of the year is here – yes the Christmas and holiday season! This is always the time of year to relax and unwind, when the clockwork of the world stops for just a moment to let the little things like hot chocolate and gingerbread to take centre stage Or if you’re in Australia, this would be beaches and ice lollies! This season also marks the Saviour's birth - God's gift to us One thing I’ve been doing in the recent years at this time is going into our nearest Lindt store (everyone knows I looove Lindt!) and filling up one of their large Christmas boxes with my favourite flavours. I get so excited doing it each year and stuffing as much chocolate as I can to the satisfaction of my inner child

It is bursting at the corners! Hahaha help I’m so greedy…

This year I also got to spend my holidays in Seattle, in the United States Apart from being sick (you would not believe how sick I was ) for more than half the trip where I was forced to stay indoors, it was mostly quite enjoyable. Being in Australia, it is always summer during Christmas, so I thought this would be one of the rare times I’d get to experience a white wintry Christmas! It didn’t snow however during the time I was there, though it was definitely icy cold and wintry One thing to note about the weather there is that it is very much in contrast with Melbourne’s! Our notorious weather changes every single day – even several times within a day! But Seattle’s weather is constantly rainy. It is a little bit odd that when I wake up, it’s raining, I leave the house, it’s raining, I come back, it’s raining, and I go to bed, it’s still raining! It also rains really hard; my umbrella broke within the first week being there I had to get a replacement one promptly of course, and I won’t complain too much because I got one that is sturdy yet tiny enough to fit in my bag. The only thing is that the pink colour is way too bright for my liking but I wasn’t given too many choices at the time.

Pretty sure I’d never be lost in a crowd with such a bright fuchsia pink!

I visited the Space Needle on yet another one of those rainy days, as can be seen from the water drops on the glass in the photo. It is the city’s main tourist attraction and landmark. The panoramic view of the city from the observation deck was stunning! J suggested that we purchase the evening tickets so that we could see the city at night – such a great decision. I thought the night view of the city all lit up was incredible, and it seemed like the rain contributed to a sort of glowing effect around the street lights.

Incredible view of Seattle at night.

Also visited the Chihuly Garden and Glass, which is an exhibit of beautiful and elaborate glass art. The indoor exhibit showcased brightly lit glass art against a dark room, so that was really pretty. The outdoor exhibit didn’t disappoint either, with glass art forming part of the garden landscape.

Pretty but almost kind of scary – what if someone runs into the glass by accident?

The glass garden~

Close to the city’s waterfront is the Pike Place Market, where independent sellers display unique wares from their stalls. It is a lot like our Queen Victoria Market, except with a greater variety of wares and slightly bigger with several levels, though the paths are more narrow. There is also an amazing French bakery at the market, where I happily had my fill of sweet buttery French pastries!

Christmas decorations in Redmond Town Centre

I had a pretty awesome holiday overall, despite being sick and stuck indoors The place and travel experience was amazing and obviously there’s so much I haven’t seen and done. I must mention though that it is such a ridiculously long flight between Australia and America! When I was returning to Australia, I boarded the plane on Sunday afternoon and landed on Tuesday morning – I literally lost two days in the air (okay, including time zone difference). But worth it, right! Wishing everyone a blessed Christmas and holiday season, and to more fun travels next year!

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