A lot of catching up to do. The dog conference is like going to school everyday and as you know, early nights on school days. I still have a few days of conference to post but I also have a few more photos and tales from our travels. And first off, is some shots from Seattle.
I mentioned earlier that Seattle is built on one hell of a hill, so there was no using the bikes on offer at the hotel, and when walking, we eventually found a way that avoided most of the hill. The bonus, all this hill climbing meant more beer and food drinking.
Did I say beer drinking – some blogs coming on that – just hang in there, for instance up to date I have had in excess of 20 different beers and out of that 20 have disliked none. And the best, tap beers come in pints and only once (from a faded memory) have we paid over $5 – the best was in Spokane (which I will get to later) where Sunday was happy hour all day and we paid $2.50 a pint – yes, $2.50 a pint. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – woo-hoo!
Anyways, back to Seattle. We ventured down to the famous Pike Market, which was kind of over about four different levels due to being built on the side of a hill (it was that much of a hill that in one area not far from the market, and we are talking about downtown, someone was keeping a herd of mountain goats that you could hire out -those crazy Americans).
There were the same arty stalls that you’d find at any market and food, which was so colourful and fresh but our Melbourne Market is much, much bigger in size. But this Pike Market is full of character, I liked the age of the building and the downstairs areas that were a bit like walking into history (no photos down there, sorry).
There were plenty of buskers, plenty of locals, plenty of tourists and it really is worth walking around and buying some cheap food. And if you like, some great looking seafood – we didn’t buy a whole salmon and neither did anyone else so we never saw the salmon catching.
I mentioned before about the first Starbucks being at Pike Market and you should had have seen the queues outside and the people (like us) taking photos. Seattle is the home of Starbucks and we went on a ferry cruise where the guide mentioned that within a 5 mile radius of the ferry terminal there are 136 Starbucks stores (and more than half of that 5 mile is water).
The harbour area has a world renowned aquarium but we gave that one a miss, as we also gave the famous Crab Pot a miss too, as we had already eaten our seafood feast (and the Crab Post is very, very touristy).
We liked Seattle, not as much as Vancouver, but it was worth the trip and there is so much more to do – for instance, it was so damn foggy we never went up the space needle or went into the blown-glass gardens. Actually the fog, never really lifted except on our first day. Oh well, even though it was cold, it wasn’t really cold, except on that ferry.
For your delight, here are some pictures from the ferry ride and another album of shots around the market (there are more shots coming of the EMP Museum – music-sci fi-horror). And like my other posts, I haven’t bothered to title the photos so if you want to know what anything is, shoot me a message or comment.