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Departing Seattle is never easy, but if you are going to do so, like me, you can try the more adventurous route of going by rail – a much better mode of transit rather than the cattle-herding options of going by air these days. Admittedly, mine’s was only an initial 20 hour overnighter going via Seattle to San Francisco – but what a joyful way to travel!


And if you haven’t ventured down to King Street Station in Seattle over the past year or so, then you don’t know what you are missing. The once-drab station (which the city of Seattle first bought for $10, and opened to the public in 1906) is now sporting a wonderful – and deserved – $55m makeover, revealing a meticulously restored lobby of marble columns and grand ceilings.


The terra cotta interiors have been restored; the tiled floor also; chandeliers and other historic period lighting fixtures have helped to return the space once again to its original historic landmark status – and one worthy of checking out even if you’re not taking a train anywhere.


Leica M6 Classic & 50mm Summicron
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  • Thanks for the update; I'll have to make it down there to see the renovation. I've been there many times to put the step-daughters on the train for a trip to Oregon to see the family down there.

  • You're taking both the high and the low roads.