Seattle Sights (Part II)

Bainbridge Island

A ferry ride from Seattle are a few islands. One of them is Bainbridge. I bought a ticket the day prior to my trip for $8.20. When I got there the next day, after a confusing Google map direction, I saw that I could have paid with my Orca card. Same with the buses on Brainbridge Island. At that time, I didn’t know, which turned out well, since I was able to enjoy a warm cinnamon roll washed down with water. The bus fare cost me 2 dollars, exact change required.

I read online that there was a Kitsap tours being operated but I didn’t see it. I did see two buses, headed in different direction. The bus driver was kind enough to give me a pamphlet and told me that when I was ready to leave, I could call the number and I’d be picked up 30 minutes later.

It took 30 minutes to get to Bainbridge. On the way, I had a clear view of Seattle at my back and the snow-peaked Mt. Rainier in front.

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I wanted to visit two places: the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial and the Bloedel Reserve. Unfortunately, I was told that the distances were far. Since I had to get back to Seattle by 3 pm, I opted to visit the Japanese Memorial.

The memorial was located close to the beach. On the entrance is a wooden path directing visitors to the path the Japanese-Americans took when they were interned. Running along one side was a wall with etchings, words, and photos of those who were forcibly taken there.

It is a place for introspection. The trees serve as the memorial’s walls and ceiling. A short walk from the memorial is a trail leading up to the mountain or down to the beach.

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Not far from the ferry terminal was the town center. There were a few restaurants and gift shops. I had veggie meal and decided to purchase some lavender items from one of the shops (refer to the previous post). After that, back to Seattle I went.

Pacific Science Center

Aside from Pike’s Market and the Space Needle, my friends and I visited the Bruce Lee and Brandon Lee cemetery visit . The hilarious incident is linked if you want to read. We also decided to check out the Terracotta Warrior Exhibit at the Pacific Science Center. We purchased tickets then ran up to get to the theatre for the viewing of the 40-minute history lesson behind the exhibit. Except, we didn’t know where it was. We ran up and down until C ran back to the ticket counter to ask where the place was. Armed with that info, we ran back three flights of stairs, on to the next building, then up another flight of stairs, and settled on to our seats just as the lights dimmed.

The exhibit was small but still very educational. I was bummed when we visited China back in 2004 and couldn’t visit the main site. Well, years later, the Terracotta came to me. The exhibit is on until September 4, 2017.

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The International Fountain

After the educational visit, we let out our inner children by taking photos near the International Fountain. We squealed and laughed as we tried to get our selfies while the water spurted behind us.

The fountain was designed by “Kazuyuki Matsushita and Hideki Shimizu during the 1961–1962 for the Century 21 Exposition” (wikipedia). Surrounded by green grass, it was a perfect place to just sit down and relax on warm summer day.

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To cap off the trip, we decided to lounge around at the Fairmont Terrace.

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The lounge was located at the lobby, facing a grand stairway leading to the second floor. I wondered whether guests minded the proximity of the lounge to their rooms. As the night wore on, I realized they probably didn’t as the music was soothing. We had a guitar and jazz singer ensemble that night. Their last set was at 11 pm, perfect time to just sit down and have a night cap before going to sleep.

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That’s it for the Seattle Trip. Oh, except for that incident where salt water started dripping on us while we were up in the air on the way to Boston. Another passenger stored saline solution on the overhead bin and leaked down. To compensate us for the inconvenience, the crew on Alaska Airlines comped our meal and drinks. We toasted ourselves and the crew with a glass of Bailey’s on the rocks (for me) and a glass of Pinot Grigio (for hubby). I did tweet about it so that’s a positive publicity for the airline.

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