27 Feb2012

A couple of attentive readers (perhaps a few from Seattle) have reminded me that I had not yet published any posts from our trip last September (!) to Seattle. Yipes! And I didn’t take notes. So while I have the photos, the write-ups may be a bit brief… So I pick up our Fall trip as we woke early one morning, luggage at the ready, and jumped into a cab to head to the train station in Vancouver…

We had originally hoped to drive down the coast from Vancouver to Seattle, but the prohibitive prices of one way car rentals meant we opted for the train instead. After clearing customs and checking our bags, we got onto the train and took our reserved seats on the preferred side of the train (facing the water on the trip down South). It was a cloudy day, the train went at a snail’s pace, and frankly, it was a poor choice, in our opinion. We should have paid the substantial difference to drive down and stop at various farms and tourist spots along the way.

While there were a few bucolic scenes along the way, most of the trip was a big ho-hum. :(

A quick photo of a lumber mill, with a lot of pine brought to the mill floated on the rivers or nearby bays.

And after clearing customs at the U.S./Canadian border — we were the only people on our car asked to take our passports out — that’s the strength of the Philippine passport — we finally snaked into this wonderful old station in Seattle. We knew from our city maps that we were near the “International District” and there were several foodie destinations in the immediate area. So instead of heading to our hotel, we checked our baggage at the train station, and decided to walk to a few nearby sites… first up, lunch at Mario Batali’s dad’s sandwich place…

 

COMMENTS:

  1. MJ's Mom says:

    Agree po ako, much better ang sight through I-5. We’re planning to take the train from Olympia to Vancouver, BC just to experience the train ride pero with 2 kids I’m sure di maganda ang kalalabasan.

    Feb 27, 2012 | 5:19 pm

     
  2. catalina says:

    That’s a charming train station…

    Feb 27, 2012 | 7:45 pm

     
  3. EJ says:

    Next time you can take the train from Seattle to Portland. A very scenic train route awaits you.

    Feb 27, 2012 | 8:40 pm

     
  4. rosedmd says:

    i took this train also to seattle when i was in vancouver… i love it so much!!! the view is great, and my seat very spacious!!

    Feb 27, 2012 | 9:19 pm

     
  5. Footloose says:

    First picture is eye-catching. Atmospheric and softly glowing like one of the most recent Porsche 911’s color options, metallic lime gold.

    Yes after Shanghai’s new Maglev train or even France’s old TGV trains, Canadian Pacific and Canadian National train rides seem excruciatingly watching-wall-paint-flake slow. They are fantastic for overnight trips such as for the Toronto-Montreal corridor where you are lulled into deep sleep all the way and wakened only when you reach your destination.

    Feb 27, 2012 | 11:42 pm

     
  6. Sleepless in Seattle says:

    My hubby & I would like to drive to Portland take a train to Vancouver and back, a little off the track, but would love to experience the lull and scenic route than driving.

    Feb 28, 2012 | 2:29 am

     
  7. ami says:

    For scenery, next time you would be better off renting a car and driving to Whistler via the Sea to Sky highway. Fantastic views.

    Feb 28, 2012 | 9:30 am

     
  8. farida says:

    Hi MM, lol, I was wondering why the frown face. Thought you didn’t like Seattle. I haven’t taken the train going to Seattle or North to Vancouver yet and I have always heard that it is a beautiful ride. Hmm, maybe I will just stick to driving either way.

    Mar 1, 2012 | 2:57 pm

     
 

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