Over the weekend, Joey and I ventured up to Seattle for his art show at Elysian Fields. Joey lived in Seattle for ten years before moving to Portland and he was a bike messenger so he knows where all the good stuff is! We hung his show fairly early in the morning so we had all day left to explore the city.
Seattle is less than three hours from Portland and because of that, there are many striking similarities…yet so many differences as well. Overall, Seattle (in part because of its large downtown and defined skyline) has more of a refined, big city feel while Portland retains a small-town, DIY aesthetic. Ask anyone who’s lived in both cities which they prefer and they’re pretty opinionated and split down the middle. While I prefer Portland for a number of reasons, I never tire of visiting Seattle and have always had an amazing time. This time was no different, thanks in part to a seasoned tour guide.
When I’m visiting Pike Place, I always walk past the original Starbucks. It’s like perfectly frozen in time inside.
The funniest graffiti I’ve seen in a long time!
I loved this sign so much. By far the best branding for a bike shop that I’ve seen!
When I’m resigned to walking all day, I throw on my white Doc boots. Between a set of Super Feet insoles and two pairs of socks, I can stay comfortable in style.
Parking was nearly impossible to find. It seems like every spot in the city was reserved for…..other uses that didn’t include us.
I was amused. Aren’t you just dying to visit the Funhole? Me too.
This odd vest contraption had a slight Michael Jackson feel. So of course I tried it on.
Joey drug me to the top of a very steep hill just to see this house. Of course I lost my mind. It’s my absolute perfect Bavarian dream house. I was speechless.
Of course we had to stop at Pike Place. It’s so iconic. Fish weren’t flying this time. Been there, done that. It’s one of those once in a lifetime experiences.
I love layers of graffiti. Seattle had some particularly great specimens.
Joey’s new Barbarella piece is by far my favorite yet. Love love love it!
Goodbye, Seattle. Please warm up & I’ll be back soon!