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Our first full vacation day was more or less for relaxing, and recovering, and getting rid of the jetlag. Therefore we stayed right in Seattle. Our plan was to walk down to the Great Wheel and to the Aquarium, what we more or less managed to do - with some detours.

 

After a late breakfast in the hotel, we headed out towards the Great Wheel at the waterfront. For sure, the first group of Ingress portals, and the first mission we played, got us right to the Seattle Public Library.

 

Seattle Public Library

The Library is an impressive building, from the outside and the inside. The outside looks like a honeycomb complex made from glass, which ensures that the visitors have plenty of light in the inside. The building is several levels high, and walking in one very friendly security guard told us that we can go up and overlook it from a viewing platform. Also there is a red hall, and an extra children's area.

View from the viewing platform onto the reading area
View from the viewing platform onto the reading area

 

Red Hall
Red Hall

 

Children's Center
Children's Center

 

Separate area for book lectures in the children's area
Separate area for book lectures in the children's area

 

When we left the Library, we walked down the street, arrived at the waterfront and quickly found the Great Wheel. It's not be overlooked.

 

Seattle Great Wheel

The Great Wheel is one of the landmarks of the city, and gives you a nice overview over the waterfront. You can look all the way to Safeco Field and CenturyLink Field, and overlook the Aquarium. We picked a good time, the queue in front of us was short. When we left, approximately three times more people wanted to get on the ride.

Seattle Great Wheel, look from the waterfront
Seattle Great Wheel, look from the waterfront

 

Seattle Aquarium, look from the Great Wheel
Seattle Aquarium, look from the Great Wheel

 

Another view at the Aquarium, from the Great Wheel
Another view at the Aquarium, from the Great Wheel

 

Next to the Great Wheel is what the kid was anxiously awaiting: the Seattle Aquarium.

Seattle Aquarium

The Aquarium exhibits many water life forms, from small sea horses over sea otter to fishes, crabs and sharks. It also features a wave bassin and an unterwater dome. Scuba divers with microphone regularly feed the fishes and educate the visitors.

A nice place to relax, walk around, and spend all day.

Water fountain in front of the Seattle Aquarium
Water fountain in front of the Seattle Aquarium

 

When leaving the aquarium, it was almost time to head back to the hotel. Of course not straight away, we made another detour to visit Pike Place Market with the hundreds of shops there. And not to forget the ice cream at Bottega Italiana! All in all, we walked 9 km around in the city, according to the GPS.

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