Sleepless in Seattle (part 1)
(posted by Emily)
Saturday 11 October (and the evening of Friday the 10th!)
In keeping with our theme of visiting the Pacific Northwest, Rick and I planned a quick weekend to Seattle for the beginning of October. Making good use of our Companion Pass, we hopped on a flight Friday after work and headed off to the Emerald City.
|view from our hotel room window|
We got in later than expected, and found our way to our hotel, in the Capital Hill District. We researched late night vegan dining in the city and found a place called Po Dog that served veggie hot dog. I am a sucker for all things hot dog, so we hopped in a cab to check it out.
|Po Dog menu|
|PB Dog--oddly delicious, it reminded me of Thai food. Definitely needed a glass of water to go along with this one!|
|Chicago style--just as good as I remember!|
|Fajita dog--has pepper and onions, cilantro, and fajita sauce.|
The restaurant is in a very busy nightlife area--lots of people out drinking and hanging out, and the people watching had to be the highlight of our experience. We decided to walk home in order to check out what else was in the area, but didn't stop in anywhere else.
On Saturday morning, we decided to head down to Pike Place Market. Of course its is a tourist must-do, but I did see a fair number of locals doing their shopping as well. The market is right on the water, and has a mix of farmer's booths, flower stands, artisan goods, seafood stalls, and food vendors.
|heading down to the market|
|lots of stall, some spilling into the street|
|man on a mission|
|the original Starbucks, across the street|
|beautiful flowers, that were amazingly inexpensive--those big bouquets were only $15!|
|tons of fresh seafood|
|This is the stall where they throw the fish--probably the most famous seafood stand|
The market would also be a great setting for a scavenger hunt or an I spy game.....
|I spy a magic shop|
|I spy colorful peppers|
|I spy a pig|
|so many different flavors!|
The gentleman that served us even had some Keith Haring tattoos--perfect!
After all of our wanderings, we settled on a vegan cinnamon roll and hot cider for breakfast. We sat in the park next to the market and enjoyed looking out on the ocean while we ate.
We finished up at the market and headed off toward the Space Needle. We decided not to go up to the top, but wanted to get close and see what it looked like in the daytime.
|saw this piece of art along the way--too funny!|
|love the gray skies on this one|
Even with a smattering of rain here and there, it was a great morning!