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Deluxe Junk Fry Guy - Giant cone of french fries eating a french fry outside of Deluxe Junk in Fremont, Seattle, Washington.

Deluxe Junk Fry Guy

Deluxe Junk was a staple of vintage shopping in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. Inside, you could browse for second-hand furniture, clothes and other bobbles… and, outside, you could browse outside for a giant, somewhat cannibalistic, cone of french fries! Unfortunately, the store closed down sometime around 2012 and the Fry Guy is no longer...

Giant statue of Vladimir Lenin, a roadside attraction in Fremont, Seattle, Washington.

Statue of Lenin in Fremont, Seattle, Washington

Not many American towns would play home to, let alone boast, a giant bronze sculpture of a Bolshevik dictator. But I guess the Fremont area of Seattle isn’t like most American towns. And so, obviously, you can find a giant statue of Lenin hanging out in front of a taco chain. Because, of course.     Standing tall on a street corner in Seattle, just in...

Guidepost in Fremont - the Center of the Universe - in Seattle, Washington.

Fremont: The Center of the Universe

Call it “The People’s Republic of Fremont.” Call it “The Artists’ Republic of Fremont.” Call it the “center of the universe.” Whichever you choose, Fremont, a subsection of Seattle, Washington, is unlike anywhere you’ve ever been. A mecca for any Silly American traveler: quirky roadside attractions cover the...

Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, Washington.

Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, Washington

Woodland Park Zoo is one of the oldest zoos on the West Coast. Home to over 1,100 creatures across 300 species (including 35 endangered and 5 threatened species), the zoo has been a sanctuary in the city of Seattle for over 100 years. Today we are featuring some of the beautiful animals — both in live-in-person form AND in the statuesque variety — found at this spot...

Walruses on the Arctic Building in Seattle, Washington

The Arctic Building Walrus Heads in Seattle, Washington

I’m sure you’ve all seen buildings dressed with gargoyle accouterments…but how about walruses? The exterior of the Arctic Building in Seattle, Washington is a dotted with twenty-five walrus heads! The Arctic Building was built to excess for people who had excess: those that returned to Seattle after striking it rich in the Klondike Gold Rush. In...

Angie's Umbrella, a sculpture of an upturned umbrella, in Seattle, Washington

Angie’s Umbrella Sculpture in Seattle, Washington

Aside from grunge and the Space Needle and coffee there’s another thing Seattle is famous for: rain. The city gets about 37 inches of waterfall a year and some 200 cloudy days. While some might shy away from a dreary day, others, like myself, relish in it. To me, there is nothing like a day where you can sip a mocha and wrap yourself in a sweatshirt and watch...

Young Woman, Girl, Mother and Child - a statue by Akio Takamori outside of a Whole Foods in Seattle, Washington.

Akio Takamori’s Young Woman, Girl, Mother and Child

I stumbled upon these statues on my first day vacationing in Seattle. While meticulously following my map from my hotel room in Seattle Center to Capitol Hill, I passed these sculptures and couldn’t help but stop for a moment to check them out. Standing outside of a Whole Foods store there were three seven-foot statues depicting a rosy-cheeked Asian family...

The Space Needle in Seattle, Washington.

Seattle Space Needle in Seattle, Washington

You can’t possibly talk about Seattle as a travel destination without talking about the Space Needle! Seattle has one of the most unique skylines in the world. While most are known for skyscrapers, Seattle’s has a slightly shorter alienesque tower that would rival something in a sci-fi movie. The Space Needle was constructed for the 1962 World’s...

Mudgarden Experience from the Jim Henson's Fantastic World exhibit at the Experience Music Project/Sciience Fiction Museum in Seattle, Washington.

Jim Henson’s Fantastic World & Mudgarden Experience

As often the case with museums I wasn’t able to take any actual photos inside Experience Music Project and the Science Fiction Museum. While I often see people sneaking photos or taking one pretending they didn’t know it was against the rules, I try to stick to the rules and will only take photos where they are allowed (my one exception to this was in the...