We started coming to Seattle on our honeymoon, 1995. We have visited Seattle at least once a year since. It is our favorite American city, and perhaps, one of our two or three favorite cities in the entire world!
Is it the food or fine dining? The food and dining choices are excellent or even better. We love the Tom Douglas restaurants, and have tried them all. We also love the fresh seafood here. The bakeries are without peer.
Is it the weather? We do not mind the wind and rain, as it is an easy town to navigate. We walk almost everywhere. It is a great city for walking! And when the weather is nice, it is really nice. More sunglasses are purchased here per capita than any other American city!!!!
Is it the shopping? Shopping here is upscale, always interesting, never cheap, but lots of fun. We have our favorite spots. We have done our fair share to help the economy here.
No, it is none of those things. So what is it? The people we have met. You know who you are. Some are old friends from California. Some we have met through shopping and dining. Some we have met on trips to various parts of the world. I have cousins here too!
The common denominator is people. This is the link we have with cities and people around the globe. Though the food or sights may attract us here initially, it is definitely the people that get us to come back. This is equally true for places like Kauai, Tokyo, Vegas, Kuala Lumpur, Siem Reap, Bangkok, and Cape Town. You know who you are!