While we were up in Redmond for the Nintendo shoot, we decided to spend a day in Seattle at Pike's Place Market. None of us had ever been, so it was a whole lot of fun discovering it together.
We knew that Pike Place Fish Market was the well known place where fish mongers throw fish, but other than that, we really had no idea what else to expect. Once we came around the corner and saw the famous Public Market sign and clock and the bustling crowd, we all got really excited. It was like walking into a living postcard!
While we never saw anyone throw a single fish, we did get a nice shot of the kids in front of the fish counter. Because we're awesome tourists, that's why.
We didn't really have much of a plan other than to walk around, take in the sights and smells, and try to stay warm. We arrived early enough to avoid huge lines at most of the popular spots. Our first stop was a little donut stand, manned by a sweet, albeit, scary looking dude. Fresh, warm donuts plopped down off of the small conveyor belt to keep up with the long line that was forming as we left.
We walked out of one area, and then into another, and then BOOM! So many beautiful flowers! There were rows and rows of gorgeous tulips, hyacinth, daffodils and so many other flowers of every hue! And just behind the blooms were rows of ladies, quietly and masterfully assembling lovely bouquets to sell.
Thanks to the awesomeness of social media, I was let in on a little bit of deliciousness. It was suggested by more than one person to go have some Mac & Cheese at Beecher's. I'm so glad we did! I don't think I've ever tasted cheese so delicious.
(Side note: We almost missed our flight grabbing some more mac & cheese at the last minute in the terminal. Seriously good cheese!!)
We walked over to the waterfront so that the kids could ride on the ferris wheel while Mr. Jones and I had some quiet time over a cuppa coffee. While we were sipping, we got some interesting texts from the top.
"OH MY GOD THIS IS SO HIGH!!!!"
Glad we decided on the coffee.
On the way back over to the Farmer's Market, we noticed a sign for "THE GUM WALL" and a crowd of people walking in the direction the sign was pointing. I was too curious to pass that up. Apparently, the attraction was an alley wall surrounding the entrance of a theater that was covered with (yep, you guessed it) gum.
Along the Gum Wall were notes that had been stuck on and little "icicles" dripping from ledges. Boys lined up to throw their gum against a high window, cheering whenever a wad would stick.
While I thought it was hilarious... delightful, even... my kids couldn't have disagreed more.
We definitely enjoyed the sites...
and the sounds of this Seattle landmark.
We especially enjoyed this little ditty that we caught on video:
Can't wait to visit again!