I know I've been talking quite a bit about our speedy Seattle trip last weekend, but I've got a couple more posts to go before I'm finished! One of the things I had to do this time was visit Pike Place Market. I had only been to Seattle one other time before and crossed the Space Needle off of my bucket list, but only spending one night up there leaves for crammed time and never getting to do what you had planned. So this overnight trip the market was my excursion of choice, and it did not disappoint.
Luckily for us the weather cleared up and we had a gorgeous afternoon to walk to the market from our hotel...and after the wet weather that we had had all week I think everyone else had the same idea. The market was lively and packed full of people.
The Pike Place Fish Co. was the first shop that caught my eye, as they perform chants and fish catching for spectators to see. Next Wayne and I bought a couple of pastries from the bakery and I wished I would have bought more! There were so many choices of baked goods that it was hard to narrow it down.
The biggest things that I noticed from the market were the flowers and produce. The colors of the bouquets were so vivid and beautiful, and the fruits and vegetables were so perfect, it was almost unreal.
The Market parallels with the water, and on a sunny day there were breathtaking views of the Ferris Wheel and boats coming in. At the end of the Market there is a little park that people were gathering around at eating there lunch and treats that they had purchased.
My trip to Pike Place Market wasn't complete without walking past the original Starbucks. As much as I wanted to go inside and get an espresso from the one that started it all, I didn't have the desire to wait in line forever. So I opted for an impromptu photo in front of the store...and the line. Perhaps on the next trip...
Pike Place Market definitely lived up to my expectations and I loved the small town feel of it right in the heart of a big city. I would most certainly go back and visit someday and do a little more shopping and exploring. Perhaps next time! Seattle is only a four hours drive from me, so I shouldn't make my visits so few and far between.