A day in Seattle

Trip Start Mar 28, 2012
Trip End May 24, 2012

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Where I stayed
Kyriad Paris IX Lafayette
Read my review - 4/5 stars

Flag of United States  , Washington
Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The unusually warm, sunny and DRY weather continued for a second day - wonderful. We walked a couple of blocks down the road and boarded the Number 5 bus to Downtown - $2:25 each - not bad. We made for a coffee house (it is Seattle after all) and then went on to the Pike Place Market. The market sells fresh fruit and veg, wonderful baked goods and crafts. One of the many things it is well known for is one particular fish stall where the fish/crabs/bags of clams are thrown by the mongers to the central counter amid a great deal of hollering and wailing - a great sight for the tourists and I'm sure they sell more fish than the stalls that post signs like "No - we do no throw the fish!".

As lunchtime approached we made our way up to the Monorail station on 5th Ave and bought return tickets to the Space Needle ($4:50 each). The Space Needle was built for the 1962 World Fair and it still impresses. We had reserved a table at the Sky City Restaurant 520' up the Needle. That gave us a free ride up and as we wanted to wait for a window seat we had half an hour to explore observation deck above. the weather gave us wonderful views across the city and surrounding area with Mt Rainier standing proudly to the south-east.

It would have been all too easy for the restaurant to be merely a gimmick and serve mediocre food allowing the views to wow visitors while they were being ripped off. Whilst not the cheapest place in town, the menu and food were both excellent. The service was efficient and welcoming and the view - just kept changing as it takes about 50 minutes to complete 360. A truly wonderful experience.

Afterwards we explored some of the surrounding buildings and gardens including the exterior of the Exploring Music Project (EMP in my Flickr photos) building which is made up of hundreds of panels that catch and reflect the light in different ways - the Monorail goes through the building too!

We returned on the Monorail and made for the Market as there was plenty yet to see. Following that we walked east for many blocks to explore the International/Chinatown area. A bit strange this one - plenty of Chinese restaurants and supermarkets but surprisingly insalubrious compared to the downtown area next door. We stopped for a coffee boost and I took the opportunity to interrogate the interweb thingy and see what restaurant people had recommended. It seems the best one in Chinatown is actually Vietnamese - Green Leaf. The reviews did not lie - the food and service were both top notch and I can recommend this reasonably priced eating place to anyone.

We had to walk a few blocks before we could locate a bus stop that would get us a bus to take us back tot he Marco Polo Motel. It was a 12 hour day and apparently the step counter said we had made 19,000 movements during the day! Feels more like 50,000 to me. I shall sleep well tonight and dream of gently rotating 500' above the ground and seeing salmon flying through the air!
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