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Seattle City with Alaiya

I had flown to the USA for 2 weeks to spend time with my family there and because it was Alaiya and my birthday on the 31st & 29th August . I had decided we would spend a day in the city for her 6 th birthday and do a heap of Seattle tourist things.

Kristina had lent me her car so off we left from Maple Valley to drive the 60 minutes into the city. Seattle in Sumer is absolutely stunning - it is green and has lakes and water everywhere.

I had bought us tickets to "Ride the Duck" through the city and waterways on a historic World War 2 landing craft. The ride was for 90 minutes and the driver kept up a fun and informative commentary with lots of music. Thirty minute of this was on the water .The cost was: Adults $28 and $17 for a child .

We drove past:

Pioneer Square and around the central city before heading out to Ballard

Lake Union

Gas works Park

Spleepless in Seattle floating home

Lake floating homes that sell for 1 – 2.5 million!!!

This was also where Boeing and United were born and developed.

After finishing this tour we popped into McDonlads for a snack before walking to the nearby Children's Museum in the Armory building. It cost $8.35 for a child and $7.25 for grandparents! First time I have had grandparent discount! It was an interactive play museum with lots of different rooms from nature to science, to a shop etc She had a great time!

We walked over to the Space Needle which is 60 storeys high and an iconic Seattle landmark. Not cheap to go into at the below prices but I love seeing places from up high!

Adults $26

Child $15.00

I had seen this fountain while up the top of the space needle and we found our way there. It was very cool with the jet increasing and decreasing in length as they sprayed and also intensity. Lots of fun on a hot day with lots of people running and playing in the spray and getting totally soaked.

I had never seen the well known Fremont troll over in Ballard so we found our way here to see this enormous troll sculpture under one of the bridges.

We have visited Ballard Locks many times and it is one of those lovely places you never get sick of. There is always something happening with boats coming through the locks, seal and salmon spotting and finding the cute squirrels. We went into the salmon ladder viewing are to see the big salmon coming back upstream . We saw a seal near the ladder waiting for the salmon and the train bridge closed to let a long freight train through.

Lastly we headed to Renton to my favourite restaurant the Cheesecake Factory. I told Alaiya that she was too old now for the children's meal and we shared a Chicken Madeira which is so yummy!! She loved it!

View over Lake union

View over Lake union


City

City


City

City


Where the "duck ride " went

Where the "duck ride " went


Alaiya

Alaiya


Puget Sound

Puget Sound


She is so gorgeous

She is so gorgeous


6 today!

6 today!


Space Needle views

Space Needle views


Lake Union

Lake Union


Awesome fountain

Awesome fountain


When will it start again

When will it start again


Alaiya in front of  fountain

Alaiya in front of fountain


Alaiya

Alaiya


Starting up again

Starting up again


Getting big

Getting big


Huge now!

Huge now!


Fountain

Fountain


Ballard Locks Train bridge closing

Ballard Locks Train bridge closing


Closing for a train to come over

Closing for a train to come over


The locks

The locks


Boats coming through

Boats coming through


Boats in the lock

Boats in the lock


So calm and glasslike

So calm and glasslike


Beautiful water

Beautiful water


Ballard locks

Ballard locks


Park land

Park land


Watching a long train cross the bridge

Watching a long train cross the bridge


Fremont Troll

Fremont Troll


Under the troll bridge

Under the troll bridge


Alaiya climbing the troll

Alaiya climbing the troll


Some bad selfies

Some bad selfies


Some bad selfies and head chopping

Some bad selfies and head chopping


Fremont Troll

Fremont Troll


Birthday cake

Birthday cake


Alaiya

Alaiya


Alaiya and Benaiah

Alaiya and Benaiah


About to Ride the duck

About to Ride the duck


Got her duck whistle on

Got her duck whistle on


Ride the  Duck Office

Ride the Duck Office


Nani and Alaiya

Nani and Alaiya


Space Needle

Space Needle


Boarding the Duck

Boarding the Duck


The needle

The needle


A Duck exiting the water

A Duck exiting the water


On Lake Union

On Lake Union


Alaiya

Alaiya


Bridges

Bridges


Boats - big and small

Boats - big and small


Bridges

Bridges


Duck exiting

Duck exiting


Floating Homes - Sleepless in Seattle

Floating Homes - Sleepless in Seattle


Gasworks Park

Gasworks Park


Million $ Homes and views

Million $ Homes and views


A Duck

A Duck


Pikes Market

Pikes Market


Duck on land

Duck on land


Seattle and Sky needle

Seattle and Sky needle


Seattle from Lake Union

Seattle from Lake Union


Watching buskers

Watching buskers

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in USA

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