Sightseeing in Seattle:Space Needle and Pike Place

Trip Start Jan 01, 2007
Trip End Dec 31, 2007

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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

  We drove the half hour or so into Seattle today, just to do some sightseeing.  First, we went to the top of the Space Needle, that Seattle landmark that was built in 1962 for the Seattle World's Fair.  Will fill in more details about the Needle in a bit...
  Walking around the observation deck, seeinng different bodies of water at almost every turn, reminded me of something Bob Hope once said after flying into Minnesota:  It appears to be a place that was never potty-trained!
   After the quick descent back to ground level, we got on the Monorail, which took us further into town - from there it was a four block walk to Pike Place Public Market (yeah, we know, they spelled it wrong, just like Pike's Peak!).  Pike Place is celebrating its 100th year - it started as a farmer's and fishermens market, providing customers with an opportunity to "meet the producers"  and it has grown into a many-block long waterfront daily "event" - with vendor upon vendor selling beautful flowers, luscious-looking produce, and more fresh fish than we've ever seen outside of an aquarium!  It has spilled up and away from the waterfront into the surrounding streets, which are now filled with little galleries, restaurants, and street performers.  A fun way to spend an afternoon, which included a stop at Kells Irish Pub for a brew (for Greg) and a sausage roll for me, plus some Irish soda bread to take home for breakfast tomorrow. 
   We walked back to where we could get the monorail again, which took us back to the Space Needle, where we had parked our car.  Drove a little ways to the shores of Lake Union, where we had a fabulous dinner at McCormick and Schmick's Seafood Restaurant, while watching boats come into their home docks, and floatplanes land. 
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