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Published: July 14th 2007
We woke up to the sound of airplanes overhead. Our hotel room was very nice, and it seemed quite new. The location was interesting, as it was right next to a large Boeing Plant, with an adjoining air field. We started the morning a little slower than we expected, but made our way to the Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle fairly early. We enjoyed the market. It was very colorful and entertaining. The Pike Place Fish Co. was our major entertainment, and we must have watched the "fish throwing" show for at least 20 minutes. I also spent some time photographing the wonderful produce displays in the market. It seemed every bean was lined up perfectly. After a stop at the Spice Company, we found our way to a fresh donut stand, and we were quickly licking our fingers... the donuts were delicious. On Amy's request, we made our way to the first Starbucks right outside the market, for some refreshment. The store was packed, but very efficient and we waited in line for a very short amount of time before indulging in our caffeine fix. We then took in the show of a street entertainer with a parrot.
The parrot was very well trained, and at one point the guy actually juggled the parrot. From there we headed up town (who knew Seattle had so many hills) to the monorail. This monorail was built for the 1962 World's Fair. A short 50 sec ride took us from mid town to the Seattle Center area, which is the home of the Needle. We got our tickets and ended up waiting in line for about 40 minutes. During our wait we were entertained by two small boys in front of us. The littlest boy was flirting with all of us. He was very cute. The elevator trip to the top was very quick and the glass windows provided us a roller coaster thrill ride. The top of the needle had an inside and outside observation deck. I spent some time taking some pictures and reading the facts about Seattle. We were all feeling a bit "off" at the top, probably due to hunger. We headed down and straight for the restaurant at the Experience Music Project. On our short walk there, we were visually assaulted with a celebration of "Naked Day". We ended up on the sidelines for a group
of people on bikes in the buff. Some were painted, some were not... but in our opinion most should have not been naked. We were all in total disbelief and stunned to say the least. We ended up with a good lunch of burgers that cured our light headedness. We then headed right for the Experience Music Project. This place was awesome. It was very interactive and entertaining. It started off with a tour of music memorabilia from local Seattle bands. We spent most of time in the "Jam" area, where you can learn how to play different instruments and then rock out on them. As a trio, we tried out the keyboards room and the vocals. It was great fun. Our time at the museum ended with a viewing of collection of Jimi Hendrix items, whom we learned grew up in Seattle. After a quick spin through the gift shop, we headed back to the monorail and to our car. We followed the Moore's directions and ended up at their house a short time later. A quick change and freshen up and we were back in the car heading to dinner. We met up with some of the Moore's
friends, Robin and Ron at a Greek restaurant in the Finney Ridge neighborhood. Little did we know we were in for a special surprise. Robin and Ron knew the owners of this restaurant and we were treated to a wonderful, multiple course meal. We shared great food and conversation before heading back to the Moore's house for some much needed rest.
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