The final hours in Seattle were fun, low voltage and relaxing. Jess and I have learned not to plan minute by minute and having everything laid out but, rather, by watching the weather and determining how bad weather might negatively impact when we wanted to do.
So, the last day had us in Seattle, scoping out Pike's Place Fish Market. Pike's Place was first opened on November 30, 1907 and has continued to be a mainstay of societal Seattle for over 100 years:
|The view of Pike's Place from Puget Sound...
|The far more popular view of the market from the street...
The first thing we had to do was park and,truth be told, there's plenty of that. Unless you get there early in the morning, though, you're not like to get street parking and will have to opt for one of the many garages in the area. We were there on a Tuesday, so the obvious caveat here is that I have no idea how crowded the garages get on the weekends.
On a Tuesday afternoon? They ain't bad!
Just make sure you make a note of where you park. It's easy to get lost.
We don't really do a lot of shopping here, and we definitely slip into "tourist mode", either. But it's a great place to spend an afternoon wandering, and maybe grabbing a cocktail or a beer somewhere. It's also a great "people watching" spot, and there's never a shortage of subjects to photograph. The whole place is a like a great big sightseeing trip that you can go on while sitting on a park bench with a coffee:
Truth be told, I can't recall a single trip I've ever made to Seattle which didn't include a visit to Pike's Place. It's like going to New York City and not going to go the Empire State Building or Rockefeller Plaza to see the Christmas Tree during the holidays. It just doesn't happen. It truly is one of those things that has to happen.
The next day, Wednesday, was my day of departure (late in the evening, but, still) so we just hung around the apartment watching Netflix, Amazon, Paramount, etc. It turned out to be the perfect ending to a perfect trip which I definitely hope to make again...