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Published: June 26th 2017
Geo: 47.3075, -122.23
We drove into Seattle this morning arriving about 9-30am. No Sleeplessness for us!! We found a park for the day for only $16 and headed along the Waterfront. It was an overcast day with a cool wind. The first attraction to take our eye was the Seattle Aquarium, which was atleast warm inside. A Wall of fish confonted us first. Around this was clustered a crowd of people watching a diver and a guide outside the tank talking about the numerous fish swimming past. During our visit to the aquarium we checked out the Tropical tanks, the Underwater dome and watched the shore birds exhibition. There they were being fed and the puffins and other birds dived and swam underwater catching the fish. We then went to the sea otters and the seals. I was amazed at how big the sea otters were. They were definitely clowns. They loved to swim on their backs and preen themselves and dive. A lovely couple of hours enjoying the exhibits. Zachary would have been going berserk here, "Fish, fish, fish!!!"
We then walked up to the Pike Street markets. This is a huge area with a great variety of stalls. The fish area
was great with huge legs of Alaskan King Crabs as well as Dungeness crabs and salmon, halibut and a great variety of fish.
We then wandered around the shopping area. This city has character and is a place iin which I would like to live. It is small enough to be friendly but has all anyone would need. Much like Adelaide. For lunch we wanted to have something special, not the plastic, fatfilled American burger type diner that is prominent here. We remembered that our host in Yakima at the Gilbert cellars had recommended The Purple Cafe. I found the address and we walked there.
Wow!! This place was great. The decor was wonderful with a huge Pillar of wine at the centre. We had the best meal so far on this trip!! The food was not expensive (though we had a good bottle of wine which was pricey) but it was beautifully prepared and very delicious.
After a great meal we walked along University avenue and found SAM, The Seattle Art Museum. They had a special exhibition , "Inspiring Impressionism" which linked the Impressionists with their influences from past artists. We spent another hour or so enjoying the art works.
returning to the car we strolled further along the wharf and I found the Odyssey Marirtime Museum. We did not go in as it was late but I had to get a photo for my Classics class. We went back to the markets where we bought some Alaskan crab legs and blueberries and cheese to take back to our room for dinner.
We had an easy run back to Auburn and we enjoyed our "picnic tea" in our room with a chardonnay we had bought yesterday.
A very enjoyable day in a great city!!
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