After checking in at our hotel, we caught the train down to the International District, then started walking back. We passed the CenturyLink Field, and then headed north toward the Occidental Park and the Waterfall Garden. We found both, but not before we saw this lovely little pedestrian street and an amazing glassblowing shop, where we spent a few minutes watching them work. We also found a baseball memorabilia store, which made my husband a little happier.
After Occidental Park, we headed west, then followed the waterfront north, only leaving it to explore the famous Pike Place Market. After the market, we browsed the other shops in the area and swung by the original Starbucks. After being on the go for over 12 hours, and being nowhere near done, I needed a little pick-me-up. Then we continued north, following Western (or Elliott?) up to Wall Street, which we took back toward the water. A little further north and we hit the Olympic Sculpture Park, which was a nice change from all the buildings and gave us a lovely view of the water. A nice uphill hike up Broad Street landed us at… the Space Needle!
The Space Needle was a new experience for both of us, and I loved it. For those who haven’t been before, you buy your ticket, take a super fast elevator to the top, and step out into a restaurant area with views on all sides. If the indoors isn’t enough for you, you can go out onto the observation deck and walk around. So, we did. The nice breeze on the ground was a little stronger up here, but the views were breathtaking!
After taking the first picture above, I turned to continue around the deck and saw this panoramic view of Seattle–from the water around almost to Lake Union–reflected on the windows of the building. Amused, I grabbed a quick shot and went on my merry way.
By the time we left the Space Needle, we were getting pretty hungry and really tired. We headed back down Broad Street, then south (southeast?) on First Avenue to eat at the Black Bottle. After some delicious masala chicken drums, house-smoked wild boar ribs and broiled broccoli, we started the walk back to the hotel. At this point it was about 830 at night, the sun was setting, it was starting to rain. Thus, this picture, which I absolutely adore. Finally, we made it back our hotel at 8th Avenue and Pine, cleaned up and collapsed into bed. We’d be up since 4 a.m. our time, which is 2 a.m. in Seattle, and we hit the sack around 10 p.m. — a 20 hour day, half of which was spent walking around and exploring a new city. And we’d do it all again!
Next up, the Puget Sound.
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