Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Pike Street Market, The Aquarium and The Space Needle
Wow, we had a busy day yesterday. We started out with a Starbucks, I mean we are in the right city for it. Headed into town and our first stop was Pikes Market. My brother met us there. Oh my gosh the colors were fantastic. Tons of street musicians. Lots of fish markets. One has this Monk fish tied to a rope with a sign that says be careful it's still alive and when a kid comes near it someone in the back pulls it, the kids go wild. We missed the fish throwing. We had lunch at Lowell's and got to sit near a window where we could see the Sound and the San Juans. Life just couldn't be better then at that moment. Walked around, saw the Original Starbucks and paid homage but ended up buying Turkish Coffee and Turkish Delights down the street. I bought a nice water color from a street vendor. Turns out it was a commercial artist, Kim Drew but I like it. It was a particularly festive time in the Market because they were celebrating their 100 year anniversary.
The Aquarium was pretty cool. They had lots of interactive stuff for the kids and we spent tons of time petting starfish, sea cucumbers and other slimy creatures. The petting area was the kids favorite, mine were the seals and otters.
After the Aquarium, we headed off to the Space Needle for dinner (save your pennies, sheesh). It was amazing though. My grandad had told us he was able to go during the world fair for which it was built. The restaurant turns completely every 47 minutes so you get to see all of Seattle. It was a clear day and we got a great view of Mt. Rainier. A fourteener looks a lot more impressive when the base is at sea level.
And because it wasn't like we hadn't had that much fun we finished the day riding the Ferris wheel and taking the monorail back to our car. And because we promised (foolish parents that we are) the kids got to swim at 9 at night before falling into an exhausted slumber.
I have no idea what we'll do today. But it must, must start with coffee.