Oldest Starbucks Store | Pike Place Location

Strarbucks is the most famous coffee and coffeehouse company in the world that is based in Seattle, Washington, USA. Accordingly, it has about more than 15,000 stores, including licensed stores, around 42 countries. About two weeks ago we went to Seattle and just had a stroll at downtown area. When we were at the Pike Place market, I thought of going to the first location of this famous coffee house. The oldest location of Starbucks is at 1912 Pike Place, between Stewart St. and Western Ave in Seattle. As it is in the market area, it is very crowded. If you are going there, don’t drive. You can park in one of the parking areas at downtown and just walk.

We were there early afternoon on a Saturday. I thought of going in to get something, but the line was way too long and it was hot and humid. I cannot wait as we have two kids in tow. I will go back there one of these days when we will be in Seattle again and buy something, a souvenir perhaps or their mugs for collection. According to some reviews, aside from their coffee and drinks, there is not much of a selection in terms of food that is being sold there. It is more of a souvenir shop for those who wanted to set foot at the oldest Starbucks location. Besides the long line, outside the store were also some sidewalk performers singing and lots of tourists taking pictures.

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LeMay – America’s Car Museum

If you happen to visit in the Northwest area, especially in the South Pugent Sound, one museum that you should not miss  is the LeMay America’s Car Museum. This museum was opened on June 2012. This museum is among the largest auto museums in the world. It is located adjacent to Tacoma dome, another landmark here in Washington, and along Interstate 5. In the museum are about 500 galleries of cars in a four story building of different type, made, speed, and technology and showcasing vehicles since the 1900′s and up. Most of the cars are from the LeMay family who amassed a collection in thousands to include vintage and limited editions. Other cars are on loans too from other collectors.

 The entrance fee of the museum is $14 and $12 for military, students, and seniors, $8 for kids and below 5 years old is free. The parking fee is $5; and during occasions or events happening, make sure to come in early as parking will surely be hard to find. Inside the museum, you can also find shops for souvenirs and the museum cafe featuring classics by the Pacific Grill at the museum’s mezzanine.

There are for sure lots of interesting cars at the museum and for car enthusiasts this museum is surely an eye candy. The cars on display are all in its shining glory. My husband asked one of the attendants if all cars are still running and they said almost all are and they rotate the cars on display those from the LeMay’s and other collectors in order to keep the display fresh as possible. You can also get some information of the car’s history on it’s monitor display making it more interesting and adding to your knowledge about it.

Among the cars our girls were so excited to see are these in picture below:

And who would have thought you will see Flintstone’s car used in the making of “The Flintstones’ Movie” in the museum.

It is surely an educational and historical experience at the museum with the family. You will surely see the development of America’s car culture and its “love affair” with cars. The  museum is hosting a lot of interesting events and  to all car enthusiasts, those are the ones to watch out for.

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Seattle Center Attractions | Sightseeing and Tours in Seattle

One of the city of Seattle’s attractions is the Seattle Center. Accordingly, it was first built in 1962 for World’s Fair. It has a 74 acre area and includes different attraction sites. The first landmark that is a must-visit for tourists is the Space Needle. You can have a 360 degree panoramic view of the Puget Sound. There is also a monorail that traverse from the center to downtown Seattle. There is also the International Fountain that shoots water with music accompaniment. This is a hit during warm weather in the spring and summer.

Space Needle

International Fountain

Monorail passing thru the EMP

Seattle center also have other attractions for science and culture. There is the Pacific Science Center, Key Arena for sports and concerts to be held, McCaw Hall for ballets and operas, SIFF Theater for world and classic films, and Seattle Repertory Theater for exciting plays and events. They also have the center house which they now changed the name to the Armory that has restaurants and shops. Below it is The Seattle Children’s Museum. There is also the  Science Fiction Museum, Intiman Playhouse and the Experience Music Project [EMP].

Seattle Center hosts different festivals year-long to include Bumbershoot, the largest music and art festival held yearly, and this will be held this year in August 31st to September 2nd. There is also the Northwest Folklife Festival that is held every May, and different festivals showcasing different world cultures. This month, June 8th & 9th, they also had the Pagdiriwang Festival, which is on its 27th year already, presented by the Filipino Cultural Heritage Society of Washington [FCHSW] .

Another addition at the Seattle Center which was opened last year is Dale Chihuly’s Garden and Glass Museum. This is accordingly the world’s largest glass museum devoted to glass artist Dale Chihuly.

Pardon for all my pictures’ low quality as I only took it with my phone. It does not give justice to what the actual place really looks like :-)

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