40日目 Seattle

11月2日(月)曇り

宿にてハワイとニュージーランドの予習/計画。

HotChocolate午後になって街へ出るが昨日のように晴れていないため肌寒い。Pacific Placeとその周辺の店をぶらぶらと散策し、一昨日行った Space Needle のある Seattle Center を再び訪れる。スターバックスで休憩した後、宿に帰る。

明日の移動を前にもう一度洗濯をして、パッキングに励む。

野球のWorld Series。昨日の勝利で優勝に王手をかけたYankeesに対し今日はPhilliesが踏ん張り、NYの3勝2敗と勝負の行方はまだ分からない。山場を迎え面白い局面だ。

週末にかけてFootballのTV観戦に読書とのんびりと過ごせたSeattle生活だった。

Day 40 – Seattle

We spent another quiet day today planning our Hawaii and New Zealand trips.

It was cloudy and quite cold again, but in the afternoon we ventured downtown to Pacific Place to look around the shops and then made our way back home via Seattle Center. We stopped off for a hot chocolate at Starbucks to warm up and then popped into the Whole Foods Market to pick up some dinner…I love that place – It has everything you could want if you need gluten and dairy free goodies!!

BigTruckOn the way back we passed some more monster-sized trucks…I would love to see the people who drive these things….they would need to be giants just to clamber into these vehicles (^^)v

This evening we did some more laundry and packed up our belongings ready for an early start tomorrow morning – Hawaii and the beach here we come….I wonder if I will get my tan soon????

Day 38 – Seattle

SpaceNeedleGot up and had breakfast at the hotel – They had a waffle maker so Seio made himself some waffles with maple syrup and I had some gluten-free toast with peanut butter and jelly. I say jelly, because it really is jelly – not jam!! It was very nice though and gave us some energy to keep us warm while we were walking around outside. Actually it wasn’t that cold today – quite fresh with some spells of sunshine here and there.

SeattleCenterToday we walked to the Seattle Center where the Space Needle is located. There is a lovely park where you can buy your favourite ‘Starbucks’ beverage and sit and watch the world go by.

The Pacific Science Center is also within the park, and just before you reach the Science Center there is a mini fun fair – carousel and all!

The park wasn’t too busy today – a few people dressed in their Halloween costumes were walking around – there were also some scary looking Mexican people getting ready for a play to commemorate ‘Dia de Los Muertos’ – a Mexican & Latin American celebration that falls on All Saints Day and All Souls Day (Nov 1st and 2nd).

PikePlaceFishFrom the Seattle Center we followed the Monorail line in the direction of downtown and headed on towards the famous Pike Place Market. Pike Place Market is a Farmer’s Market that has been in operation since 1907 – You can find fresh fish & seafood, fruit & veg, and other local handcrafted goods.

HangingPeppersWe walked up and down the different sections of the markets trying to take everything in – there is so much on display that I think we might have to make a couple of visits!

Whilst walking down Post Alley, we came to Pike Place Chowder. Although the shop isn’t much to look at – it’s a cross between a market stall and a café – this place has won awards for its famous chowders. We had to stop and try it , so Seio ordered a small bowl of Clam Chowder and I had the Veggie Chowder, which was made with Coconut milk and Lime!! They were both delicious and really warmed us up…

As we were already downtown, we decided to check out a couple of the shops before heading back towards our hotel.

In the evening we popped out to Whole Foods Market and raided their salad bar again (^^)v  I picked up a jar of tomato sauce and we threw together some home-made pizza toast in the evening – it was surprisingly quite nice!!