Monday, October 30, 2017

Small Town Feel, Big City Livin’

Seattle is this thrillingly perfect combination of a small town feel with big city vibes. The crisp autumn air welcomed me to the friendly city of Seattle on Saturday morning. The excitement filled my bones as our airplane landed. There is something thrilling about traveling to a new city as a wannabe globetrotter. There is nothing that I love more than travel (and dogs). If you are looking for great vegan food, lovely people and a plethora of vintage shops, Seattle will certainly steal your heart. If you are visiting the most enchanting city in the Evergreen state, below is a great three-day itinerary to follow.
Day 1
Let the adventures begin. My mom and I checked into our hotel and immediately began walking to the historic Pike Market Place. There is so much to see do and see here. It’s really overwhelming. The hand crafted jewelry is such a treat to see. There are shops after shops filled with unique jewelry and art from local vendors. A unique taste of Seattle would be trying some of their pepper jam.  I ended up buying a little jar that I could buy on the train. The vendor I went to had about five different levels of spiciness. I got up to level four and then I decided it was best to stop.

From Pike Market Place, we went over to the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit. This place is surreal. If the place was filled with more glass sculpture, it would truly feel like you were walking in a dream. After going to the glass gardens, my mom made our way to the Space Needle for a fantastic view of the city. Make sure to dress warm, because it gets very chilly up there. You can buy a combo of these two attractions and save some money. #Winning

Day 2
Bright and early on Sunday morning, we took a Free Walking Tour of the Pike Market Place. The way this tour works is you pay zilch for the tour upfront. After the tour you decide how much to tip the tour guide. Our tour guide was a 10/10. He was so informative and hilarious. Not to go around bursting bubbles or causing fights, but our tour guide let us in on a little secret. It turns out that the Starbucks so many people are waiting an hour to order from because it’s the “original” Starbucks, isn’t actually the original Starbucks. The first Starbucks burnt down, but this one is the oldest Starbucks. Doesn’t have the same effect as the original Starbucks though. He let us in on a few other secrets as well. One of the tour-ees got to participate in some fish throwing and everyone got to try some of the locally grown apples and dried fruit from the vendors. It was really a spectacular tour.

After we went to the “Great Gum Wall of Seattle.” This sounds like it would be absolutely disgusting, but it’s such a colorful scenery and so fun spirited. It was an absolutely ball. Come prepared to leave your mark on the wall. On the way to our tour in the morning, I made a stop to buy three packs of gum. After about five minutes, I was able to get the perfect photo! Pop!

Later on the evening, we went to El Borracho’s for some of the best Mexican vegan food I’ve ever had the luck of chowing down on. Since it was Sunday night, many of the restaurants were closed. Booo! But luckily, my mom and I found El Borracho’s via Yelp. This place is so lit, even for a Sunday night. The crispiness and thinness of the chips was a good change from the normal chips & salsa combo. The salsa was also delish, but the chips were definitely more unique. I ordered the vegan burrito. I’m seriously depressed that this vegan

Day 3

By far, my third day was my favorite day in Seattle, as well as in 2017. My mother and I splurged and went on a helicopter tour. It’s as amazing and frightening as it sounds. We soured over the evergreens of the state, the iconic Space Needle, Bill Gates’ house, among many other attractions.  The helicopter lasted for 20 minutes. While this may seem like a good amount of time. I would recommend Helicopters Northwest to all.

Our tour driver on the way back was so kind. His words were so poetic and had so much truth in them. His words still ring in my ears, “Seattle is a place where everyone feels welcomed. It’s a city for all.” These words couldn’t be truer.

My mum and I went back to the Pike Market Place. I know it seems like we went there a lot, but there is just so much to explore. You could spend days in there. This time we explored the stored that didn’t seem as crowded with tourists.

While we visited many shops in the area, one store that was particularly stand out was the Milagros Mexican Folk Art shop. Oh my, my! The “tesoros” that you will find will certain have you buy a few Knick knacks for yourself. The colorful artwork of Mexican art is so diverting. I ended up buying two earrings. This store was one of the more reasonably priced stores in the area.

After finishing our shopping for the day, we decided to eat at the famous Pike Place Chowder. This is 100% a tourist attraction, BUT IT’S WORTH THE HYPE. I ordered the vegan clam chowder. I don’t think I ever care to eat “normal” clam chowder again. This line at Pike Place Chowder can be daunting. Here’s a pro tip though. Order online, pick up your order in 5-10 minutes and walk down to the open seating area by the water. The refreshing ocean air is complimentary to the chowder you most certainly be devouring. I am drooling just thinking about it.

From the moment I began exploring the streets, mingling with the shop owners and vendors, there is a sense of acceptance. The city is one I would most definitely come back and visit in the future.

Till Next Time,
Natalie Gennaoui


  1. Wow babe! this looks like such an awesome weekend away! So lovely you got to shared with your mom! the only thing i know about Seattle is Fifty shades of grey!! hehe and you did the helicoptor tour!! Looks absolutely amazing! Love it babe!! Thank you so much for following and visiting my blog! Love yours!!



  2. Great post

  3. Love these pictures!


  4. I love that gum wall, really colourful! Seattle seems to be an amazing place, I definitely have to visit once.

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  5. Wow the lightshow in the first picture is so cool,
    what a beautiful city.
    Thank you for theselovely impressions.

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  6. Excellent post (as always)!Thank you very much :)

  7. Ahh I'm glad you and your mom had a great trip to Seattle! My family also really loves Pike Place Chowder!

    xo, emma

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  9. I would love to visit Seattle one day!

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  10. This is making me really want to visit Seattle! Great post and snaps hun xx

  11. It looks so fun! I have yet to visit Seattle!

  12. The helicopter view has me obsessed!!

  13. I still haven't been to Seattle but it seems like such an awesome place to visit! Love these photos and your description of it reminds me of Toronto. It's a big city but not so bit that you find it a pain to get around and there's always great new spots and lots going on. :) It would be nice to visit Seattle some time. Have a great week!


  14. I've never been to Seattle and never been in a helicopter either. It sounds like you had some wonderful experiences there. I love the photo of you blowing a gum bubble :D

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