A grave trip to Seattle! Bruce Lee & Brandon Lee headstones, Downtown Hotel 1000, Boka restaurant.

goth in cemetery, graveyard goths

I went to Seattle for two days and had a grim time — meaning that I thoroughly enjoyed my stay! For Goths, it’s a pleasure to wander in graveyards and dine with zombies.

The photo above was taken in a special cemetery: Bruce Lee (martial arts master) and his son Brandon Lee (of cult film The Crow) are buried here. To learn more about them, read on…

faux fur scarf, purple fur shrug

Seattle is an easy drive from Vancouver (about four hours), so I often take road trips here with friends. I always recommend staying downtown. Our 5-star host, Hotel 1000, was perfectly located a few blocks from Pike Place Market. The king suite was huge and had a grand view.

goth scarves, faux fur shawl

How cool: the water falls from the ceiling to fill the tub!

I’m wearing a floral Gothic Lolita dress, a present from Bangkok designers ChuChu (blog post to come about their store). And don’t worry, animal-lovers, the scarf is faux fur from Holt Renfrew, similar to this one.

rubber ducky, seattle hotel 1000

Hotel 1000 takes extra steps to make you feel royal. At the check-in, we were offered glasses of champagne. When the valet brought my car, he had stocked it with bottles of water. There’s even a smiling rubber ducky in the bath.

royal goth king queen

Remember Leon Lindon from my Phoenix adventures? He joined me in Seattle for the day. We struck a Games of Thrones pose.

downtown seattle hotel room, bed

Travel reviewers should always test the bed. This one gets an A+.

bamboo stick fight

The room came with long, bamboo sticks — for fighting, right?

dark purple gothic lolita, jsk dress

Hotel 1000 personalized our stay with Halloween decor, red wine and truffles.

golf simulation screen

We had massages and facials at Spaahh, the in-house spa. The staff was most aaahh-tentive, and the natural treatments — like an aromatherapy foot bath — were aahhh-mazing!

Still wearing our robes, my friends and I tried virtual golf in the hotel basement.

flower print gothic lolita dress

After a game of virtual checkers in the lobby (using their giant tablet table), I was ready to explore Seattle. My shoes are classic John Fluevog.

lake view cemetery, seattle washington

We drove to Lake View Cemetery in Capitol Hill (1554 15th Ave E, Seattle). It’s a well-tended, lush site.

grave site of Brandon Lee, bruce lee

On days like this, I’m reminded about how much I love the Pacific Northwest.

the crow, brandon lee burial funeral

There was a murder of crows perched on tombstones. Quite fitting, since Lake View is the burial ground of…

bruce lee grave, brandon lee headstone

Bruce and Brandon Lee, who both died too young and too tragically. Fans come here daily to leave flowers, gifts and coins on their graves.

If you are not familiar with the Jeet Kune Do founder and his actor son, I hope this post inspires you to watch The Crow (a Goth classic) and Bruce Lee’s movies (Fists of Fury is my favorite).

art nouveau tombstone, graveyard

Some people find cemeteries depressing, but I think of them as calm, gentle places of reflection. I loved this Art Nouveau-style statue of a lady, overlooking three graves.

lake view mausoleum

There was a wide variety of memorials, from simple placards to large mausoleums.

goth cemetery photoshoot, japanese graveyard

Near the entrance, we found an “Asian section” — families buried together, mostly marked with red headstones.

chinese tombstones, calligraphy

Quite a few were signed with flowing Chinese or Japanese calligraphy.

seattle gravesite bruce lee

We enjoyed our graveyard stroll so much that we brought back friends…

boka restaurant seattle

… to dinner at Boka Restaurant and Bar! What’s up with the zombie makeup? All will be revealed in the next post, promise.

zombie cocktail

The cocktails were a scream. The light, citrus “Boka Reviver” was appropriate for my undead date.

zombie movie makeup

With lots of fresh greens and seafood, Boka’s Pacific Northwest food rocks. I loved the tuna avocado poke with taro chips, and stuffed squid with Hoisin sauce.

pumpkin cheesecake, cake

Not surprisingly, my favorite dish was the pumpkin cheesecake! (I also made a run to the nearby Cinnamon Works bakery, at Pike Place, for gluten-free pumpkin bread.)

hotel 1000 breakfast, boka seattle

At breakfast, I got my veggies and protein fix, along with coffee and basil lemonade.

zombie restaurant, horror theme cafe

Thanks Hotel 1000 for the hospitality — the staff was fun, and enjoyed our Halloween shenanigans! Don’t forget them if you’re planning a trip to Seattle, WA.

Next, I’ll take you to a mourning market and a haunted morgue. Ah, how I love this time of year.

Have you tried eating pumpkin cake, muffins or cookies? How about pumpkin spice lattes?


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  1. Renata
    Posted October 21, 2013 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

    goood good

  2. Terra
    Posted October 21, 2013 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

    That looks like it was a lot of fun!

    THe hotel looks awesome!

  3. Saren
    Posted October 21, 2013 at 6:58 pm | Permalink

    epic amazing shoot!!! :)

  4. MelissaR
    Posted October 21, 2013 at 6:58 pm | Permalink

    Wow GREAT dress and you looked fab so purple-y! I had no idea Bruce and Brandon Lee were buried in Seattle – so cool! Makes me miss Seattle and want to visit again!

  5. Cheech
    Posted October 21, 2013 at 7:46 pm | Permalink


  6. Michelle
    Posted October 21, 2013 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

    Awesome! LD

  7. Kiara
    Posted October 22, 2013 at 3:19 am | Permalink

    The zombies are so funny I adore it

  8. Serafina
    Posted October 22, 2013 at 6:14 am | Permalink

    Beautiful cemetery! Both you and Leon are fabulous as always <3

    • lacarmina
      Posted October 23, 2013 at 11:27 pm | Permalink

      let’s have a spooky adventure again soon!!

      • Serafina
        Posted October 23, 2013 at 11:35 pm | Permalink

        Yes, please! :D

  9. Clarissa
    Posted October 22, 2013 at 9:13 am | Permalink

    Love the faux fur stole. Happy Halloween and pumpkin time!

  10. Nanny
    Posted October 22, 2013 at 9:13 am | Permalink

    Ohhhhhhh pumpkin pie I die!
    And spa haha

  11. Jennifer
    Posted October 22, 2013 at 9:18 am | Permalink

    Loved your faux fur Scarf and nice Halloween pictures. I have Rave Outfit for parties. It always looks awesome.

    LED Wrist Watches

  12. Loo
    Posted October 22, 2013 at 4:48 pm | Permalink


  13. QC
    Posted October 22, 2013 at 9:04 pm | Permalink

    Love the faux fur!

  14. Barn
    Posted October 22, 2013 at 9:05 pm | Permalink

    Looks like you had fun. :)

  15. Ria
    Posted October 22, 2013 at 9:05 pm | Permalink

    it’s look cute. Where you bought it? XD <3

  16. Anita Bear
    Posted October 22, 2013 at 9:09 pm | Permalink

    Happy Halloween !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. Scott
    Posted October 22, 2013 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

    I was up there last week. Its good to see than even in death Bruce/Brandon have a humble gravesite.

    • lacarmina
      Posted October 23, 2013 at 11:25 pm | Permalink

      It’s a simply beautiful site. Very happy that they are honored here.

  18. hadie
    Posted October 22, 2013 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

    Black widow

  19. Medi
    Posted October 22, 2013 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

    hehe aww

  20. Lee
    Posted October 23, 2013 at 4:51 am | Permalink

    Pumpkin ♥

  21. Hotel 1000
    Posted October 23, 2013 at 8:37 pm | Permalink

    Our pleasure!

  22. Steve
    Posted October 23, 2013 at 11:02 pm | Permalink

    Bruce Lee continues to be my biggest inspiration. Hope to go there someday to visit. Awesome post by the way! Every trip you take you present as the ultimate experience. Amazing post photo!

    • lacarmina
      Posted October 23, 2013 at 11:25 pm | Permalink

      I hope you get a chance to see it, it’s well worth it! I’m a huge fan of Bruce Lee as well. <3 Thanks so much, I'm going to keep trying to do posts like these!

  23. John
    Posted October 23, 2013 at 11:02 pm | Permalink

    Gravey bomb in the sexy yard !!!

  24. Marie
    Posted October 23, 2013 at 11:02 pm | Permalink

    woooww sexy bomb in the graveyard !!!!

  25. Cora
    Posted October 23, 2013 at 11:03 pm | Permalink

    So pretty! :3

  26. REv
    Posted October 23, 2013 at 11:03 pm | Permalink

    the party was so entertaining… even thouhg i just only watching on photos

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