Seattle – what a surprise!

Being disembarkation day we chose not to hurry off the ship, lingering over breakfast, delaying the inevitable. Eventually we made it off, through the long line for cabs and to our hotel which thankfully had a room already available, yea! 🙂

Enticing as our room was we kept moving, knowing that once we stopped, we wouldn’t move again so off to the Pike Place Market we went.

Pike Street Market Sign - so cool!

The fish markets were everything we’d heard and then some but the most amazing part, it didn’t smell like fish!

Pike Street Fish Market - organized chaos!

A little way along was the flower market – this was just but one stall – wow!

Fresh Flowers at Pike Place - AMAZING!!!

Whilst there we visited the original Starbucks but there was such a line out the door we couldn’t see the point in hanging around so had our caffeine fix at a trendy little cafe nearby before heading off for lunch at the Hard Rock then caught the monorail to the Space Needle.

Seattle Space Needle - not quite what we thought!

From the observatory deck above, which by the way we shared with all the volunteers who were being thanked by the city for helping with last month’s mud slide, we saw Tom Hanks‘ house from Sleepless in Seattle. I’ll let you decide which one it is, lol! 🙂

Sleepless in Seattle house - which one do you choose!

When we first docked this morning Seattle seemed huge but as we wandered back to our hotel it had quickly become “do-able”, Miss Ten and I already planning a return visit. Now it’s just a case of… “mum, how much longer?”

Sitka… simply breathtaking!

Yesterday I bet money on the fact today was a sea day – I lost big time! Well, it was only the bet I lost as Sitka was such a beautiful port of call.

Sitka - how gorgeous is this?!

Like us, many of our fellow passengers, we opted NOT to do any shore excursions, preferring to walk around the small town, exploring it for ourselves.

Sitka Totem Square!

One great find was The Back Door Cafe. We literally entered via the back-door having walked around the streets admiring the architecture of the various buildings. This eclectic cafe had our heads darting in all directions admiring the various collections.

Back door Cafe - a quick favorite of ours!

We sat enjoying the sun and scenery, sipping hot coffee on our balcony when leaving port. That was until the ship turned and once out of the sanctuary of the bay, the icy Alaskan winds hit us. We attempted “toughing it out” but we soon turned to each other with a look that said… “mum, how much longer?”

Old but so very much revered!

Walking around a city that has a history that can be dated back to the 12th Century, one is bound to come across a building or such that looks as old as time itself.

Old but certainly not forgotten!

Naturally of course there can be little left that is originally from that time period but some structures certainly give their best attempt at looking hundreds and hundreds of years old. With the exception of the very new, very basic letter-box which oddly, was the only part of this building to have graffiti. Go figure!

Old old gate, shame about the new letterbox!

The majority of buildings have been restored but there is still the odd one here and there as you can see in need of some tender loving care.

Old store front, oh the stories I'm sure it could tell!

Of all the questions I could have asked as I wandered around Tallinn, a city still very much “a work in progress“, the one question I would never ask since I love the contrast of the old and new would be… “mum, how much longer?”