Day 0.5 – Seattle – the “Rainy” city

Wednesday, March 26 – Exploring Downtown Seattle – Cloudy with a few showers

I call this Day 0.5 since it is an extended layover on the way to Maui.  Maui will be the real Day 1!

Woke up early – headed out to walk to Pike Place Market to find the “Coffee and A Specialty Bakery” for Joe and Carter.  They are a dedicated gluten-free bakery/shop – everything there is gluten-free and according to both Joe and Carter is the BEST gluten-free bakery they have ever been to!  Carter had two cinnamon rolls right out of the oven, and Joe had some kind of egg and bacon pie/tart along with a chocolate eclair he said was awesome!

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We wandered around the market a bit but things were not really open yet, so we strolled around town and walked through the Olympic Sculpture Garden/Park on the way to the Space Needle.  The sculpture garden was not quite “art” in our opinion but a nice walk on a cloudy morning. Found the Space Needle and got up on the 1st elevator ride up to the top at 10am.  It was windy and a bit chilly at the top.  I’m sure very nice views on a sunny day but it was cloudy and sprinkling.  I guess you can’t go to Seattle without doing this but on this particular day I can’t say it was worth the $19/adult to go to the top.   Here’s the real picture of us and the one with the “fake” background.

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Headed back to the market via the Monorail – did you know that this monorail, which only travels about a mile each way, as gone a million miles?  I wonder how many trips it has taken?

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We really enjoyed wandering the shops in the market.  Found one that sold many different types of gluten-free pasta.  Didn’t buy it but planned to come back later in the day and get some to bring with us to make in the condo in Maui.

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Lots of odd shops in the market – did lot’s of window shopping but didn’t buy anything.

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And of course we visited the famous Pike Place Fish Market – watching them throw the halibut each time someone ordered some!

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After wandering the market, we were hungry but had a tough time finding something local Carter would like and could eat, so we headed to the PF Chang we saw near our hotel earlier in the day – pretty much Carter’s favorite place to eat in the world.   After lunch headed to the hotel for a bit of a rest/break.

We had planned to possibly take a ride on the ferry to Bainbridge Island in the afternoon, but the weather was not really cooperating – no downpours but cloudy and light drizzle.   We headed back to the market and walked along the waterfront/explored the piers for awhile, and then decided we had enough walking so headed back to the hotel and ordered pizza for an early evening.

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Just relaxed, ordered a pizza, and watched a bit of TV.  To bed early – shuttle coming at 6:10am to pick us up for the airport.

It was fun exploring Seattle for a day since we had never been here before but looking forward to sunshine and beauty in Maui tomorrow!

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