We started our day by exploring the historic and iconic Pike Place Market. Entering by the stairs off Western Ave, we meandered our way up through the three lower levels, which have kitchy stores full of facinating treasures from the past. In particular, the Magic Market provided a bit of fun for the kids and a walk down memory lane for us adults.
|Discovering and creating|
|A busker at Pike Place Market|
Across the street from the Market's main entrance, we came across more interesting shops, including Beecher's Cheese Factory where we learned about cheese making and got to sample freshly made cheeses and the humble first Starbucks Coffee shop (where we just had to order a Pike Place coffee!). Lots more interesting buskers entertained us too along the way.
|Watching as a worker collects freshly set cheese curds at Beechers|
|First-ever Starbucks located on Pike St, Seattle, Washington|
With our senses thoroughly saturated during our two hours exploring Pike Place Market, we walked towards Westlake Centre, in search of the infamous Food Trucks. While we only found one, we did find a small outdoor playground and a shopping centre instead. We also discovered we could board the Monorail here, which would take us to Seattle Centre.
|Urban playground at Westlake Centre|
|Front Seats on the Monorail|
Easily distinguished by the iconic Space Needle, Seattle Centre was originally built for the 1962 World Fair. Among its 74 acre grounds are a plethora of the city's cultural attractions, including the Pacific Science Centre, Children's Museum, and the spectacular-looking Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum. Unfortunately as we were only spending the day in Seattle, we didn't feel that we could give any of these museums the time nor attention that they would require. A good reason for another visit!
|Outside the Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum|
|Looking out from the 10th Floor|
Whew--all in all, we walked approximately 14kms on our day in Seattle! There was so much to see that it was surprisingly painless to accomplish, even for the kids. Having visited on a weekday not during the peak tourist season of summer was also an advantage. So will you pack your walking shoes and hit the streets on your next visit to Seattle? Try it!
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