Flying into Seattle this afternoon we did a big circle around the city. The red arrow points to The Condo.
A very hip and cool place!
We ate an early lunch at Pike Place Chowder. I got the four cup sampler and they were all delicious. Sharon had been reading a fish cookbook and we were talking non-stop about fish soups so this was a perfect choice.
The guy standing by the wall singing and playing his guitar was quite excellent. We saw maybe a dozen buskers out and about today and they were all very good. It seems like you have to audition to play on the street here.
I made a study of available happy hour menus within two blocks of The Condo and there were several.
The first very highly rated place we tried was so loud with the Boom!Boom! interrupting my heartbeat ‘music’ I made us move on. The next choice was this Japanese place. It was tasty and fun. This crowd was having tons of fun too. Maybe we’ll find a few more. The neighborhood where we are, Belltown, has many many restaurants on every block.
Back in the park we got lunch in the food court where this band was playing. I Loved this band, and they played pretty well too.
I could play with these guys. They reminded me of the band that, in recent decades, I did play with – the UCLA Alumnae No Marching Band. (I’m not a UCLA Alum but they took me anyway because I called myself a CalGal…)
I’m thinking they each got their own uniform at the thrift store.
First off the Seattle Art Museum, called SAM in all the literature. SAM was quite obsessed with himself and Picasso Picasso Picasso. Every ad, every bus bench, every entry on the website, everything Picasso Picasso.
They are getting a big show from the Musée National Picasso in Paris and they are beside themselves with delight. It opens October 8 and we leave October 3. We could have heard about something other than the Picasso show we won’t be able to enjoy!
By lunchtime rain was no longer threatening much so we walked down to the waterfront for a meal at Elliot’s.
It was great – the lunch special was many choices of a seafood sandwich and a seafood soup so we got two different sandwiches and two different soups. All four were completely recommendable and the service was superb.
Speaking of pink, I copied all these from the internet from last years event, a 3-Day Walk to fight breast cancer where you are supposed to make 20 miles a day and collect $2,300 in donations. I didn’t see that there was any particular route.
The sidewalks were packed with groups large and small the participants walking in various degrees of comfort and variously decked out in fabulous costumes. It was colorful and full of purpose.
Great tree. We ate lunch in town and then went to our hotel rather early, tired because of the early wakeup.
The town seemed pretty much wrapped-up for the season. The flower baskets that hang from every lamp post – gone. The action-packed wharf scene – only a few wood carvers left. The pedi-cabs – didn’t see one.
Tomorrow we’re going to Butchart Gardens. The weather promises to be bright and clear so that should be great even out of season.
When we saw this from a distance we thought oh look, a waterfall. But no, it’s a dancing waters fountain.
Some more wiki-facts: In 1939, the Butcharts gave the Gardens to their grandson Ian Ross (1918–1997) on his 21st birthday. Ross was involved in the operation and promotion of the gardens until his death 58 years later. Ownership of the Gardens remains within the Butchart family; the owner and managing director since 2001 is the Butchart’s great-granddaughter Robin-Lee Clarke.
There was a fabulous walking trail that was constantly busy with dogs. You can see five here. We must have seen fifty altogether.
Speaking of trails, the whole area we visited was chock-o-block with gorgeous walking trails and bike paths set off from the main road. It was quite wonderful as is Seattle in this respect. It’s been mighty impressive with the walking and biking opportunities that all seem well-used.
If you are ever deciding where to stay in Seattle let me recommend Belltown. That’s The Condo’s neighborhood and there is everything right here.
Sooo many restaurants, cafés, and clubs, Pike Place, the waterfront, Pioneer Square, the Quest Stadium, art museums and galleries, tons of shops of every description, the Space Needle, Science Center, etc., all these within walking distance. Sooo good.
Richard Serra’s Wake from 2004. When you’re standing down in there you will feel surrounded by the tidal waves and the battleships they are meant to evoke.
Click on this link for Seattle 2008 to see a couple more pictures of this work and a few others as well.
The Condo! fronted by a sculpture that serves as a bridge and lovely covered walkway.
Teresita Fernandez Seattle Cloud Cover, 2004-2006. I like it! When you look at the sky through the glass of the covered walkway you can ‘experience the images of changing skies’.
The brochure advises ‘one recognizes how images of nature influence the way we see nature’. Oh well, you know, they have to write Something.
A total hole-in-the-wall, meaning the shop, Salumi, was the size of the doorway, specializing in handmade cured meats.
You can buy sandwiches and a few selections of plated food. This food gets a 27 rating from Zagat. 27 out of 30 for $7.50. Gotta try a thing like that. We got two of the selections. I think the fennel and black pepper salami sandwich was worth the 27. The meatball sandwich, although perfectly good but not that special to me.
This was the last day of the summertime weekly Edmonds Farmer’s Market. We had a lot of fun.
Edmonds has plenty to say for itself. It has a lively arts scene, a well-preserved and charming downtown, tech jobs for an educated population, easy access to all types of outdoor recreation opportunities, easy access to Seattle, a good selection of housing, nice.
At the market.