I’ve not been playing hooky for a week. Instead, I have been having MAJOR tech problems with the blog. So major I had to hire some help from an internet security company. (If you need website protection, talk to the kind folks at Wordfence. They are professional, efficient, and patient with people like me who know nothing about computers.) Besides those problems, I was also getting so much comment spam coming through that I had to remove the option for leaving comments on posts that are more than 5 days old. But hallelujah I think we have everything back to normal now! So let’s travel today. 🙂
When we first started planning our trip to visit our son, I thought we would spend each night at his apartment in Bellevue (right outside of Seattle) and we’d spend our days exploring nearby areas. As we got further into the planning and into conversations with him, it became apparent that plan was not the best one. There were too many places to see that were too far away to be day trips. So the plan changed. We actually ended up making somewhat of a roadtrip out of our time there – mostly on the Olympic Peninsula, but we did manage to see a bit of Seattle on our first and last days of the trip. So today, I want to share a bit of Seattle with you.
Where was the very first place this Southern girl wanted to visit after we were picked up at the airport? Pike Place Market of course! 🙂 I could have stayed there all day just looking at the buckets full of those gorgeous flowers! (and the fish, and the produce, and…well…everything else!)
But I didn’t. 🙂 We went to lunch at Place Pigalle, a charming restaurant right behind the market (not an easy one to find though.) Thank you for the recommendation Karen!
You can take a look at the menu.
These were truly the views from the windows by our little table.
We could not have had a better view. 🙂
Our son ordered the duck confit.
I had a beet salad that was delicious,
and my husband had the roasted chipotle chicken sandwich.
After lunch we explored the streets around the market.
Lots of colorful produce stalls lined the walks.
I hopped over a block or two to visit the smaller Watson Kennedy shop at the Inn at the Market.
They only allowed one photograph inside.
(Yes, I obeyed the rules. 🙁 )
Then I walked back over to the market where my son and husband were enjoying some interesting drinks at Rachel’s Ginger Beer.
Emily over at Jones Design Co. had recommended Beecher’s cheese to me, but we were still too full from lunch to try any. I’ll try it on our next trip there.
We did check out THE original Starbucks.
When we finished shopping at the market, we drove back to our son’s apartment, dropped off our luggage, and then drove a bit to Chism Beach Park there in Bellevue. It had lovely trails…
and a nice waterfront area.
From there we headed over to Gasworks Park on Lake Union in Wallingford.
Here’s your history lesson for today:
“This 20 acre point on Lake Union was cleared in 1906 to construct a plant to manufacture gas from coal – later converted to crude oil. Import of natural gas in the 1950’s made the plant obsolete. The city acquired the site for a park in 1962. The park was opened to the public in 1975. The boiler house has been converted to a picnic shelter with tables, fire grills and an open area. The former exhauster-compressor building, now a children’s play barn, features a maze of brightly painted machinery.” (from here.)
People were relaxing everywhere. There were picnics, kites, bicycles. It was most definitely a laid back vibe, and I loved it. 🙂
After walking around the park a bit, we headed back to our son’s apartment to play a video game (truly!) and then it was time for dinner. Our son’s pick for the evening was 8 Oz. in Ballard.
They had many interesting burgers on the menu.And SHAKES!
Of course I just had to check out the espresso- oreo one!
(It didn’t last long. 🙂 )
Sweet potato tots were our shared appetizer.
My husband said this was his favorite meal of the entire trip. All of our burgers were very good (but I had a different favorite meal I’ll share with you later.) The pickles really make the burgers at 8 Oz. to me., and the garlic fries were great.
And that was our first day in Seattle. I will have more tourist-y things from the city on the last day of our trip, but we had to get to bed early that night. We wanted to catch an early ferry the next morning so that we could have breakfast on Bainbridge Island. So stay tuned for an amazing bakery and some charming shops on Bainbridge coming up next.
Until next time…