The hotel offers a buffet breakfast, and for Priority Club Members you get $4 off so for $11.95 it is a no brainer and we are not disappointed. Then we are off to get our coffees at a local Starbucks, now which one should we choose there are SOOOOO many. We walk down towards Pike Place Market and take a few pics.
|at the original Starbucks!|
|this is the place where they toss the fish|
|love the neon|
|it is all over the market|
|lower level of the market|
Today we booked an excursion with Immersus Tours which is a walking tour of the neighbourhoods of Seattle. We are meeting Antonio (the guide) at 10:30 at the Hard Rock Cafe right near Pike Place Market. Here is a link to his website http://www.immersustours.com/
Antonio met up with us at the designated time and introduced himself, he is originally from Peru and when he travels he really likes to get to know the locals by visiting the neighbourhoods, so he has created a tour in Seattle that does just that. We jump on a bus that is heading north towards Green Lake where we get off and walk around part of the lake.
|some beautiful gardens we passed on are walk|
|we stop at a local organic gluten free donut shop, they were very good and the raspberry lemonade was very refreshing|
After the lake and the donut shop we catch another bus to another neighbourhood (sorry can't remember the name) where we visit an old school building that has been converted into a community centre and shopping area. We continue and visit a local eccentric bakery with well interesting cakes where we pick up something for our South American cruise. We are also offered the chance to eat at a local burger joint "Dicks" were burgers are only $1.40 it is an old drive in type spot but now only has window service. Or we can eat at a local taco van. We aren't hungry so we pass but the burgers sure looked good.
|the school now a mall|
|interesting cakes, almost life like|
|check out the old sign for Dicks|
|our tour group|
|beautiful view of the city|
|LOOK at the .....|
|this is the houseboat that Sleepless in Seattle was filmed at the light blue building on the left|
|at Fremont Brewery getting samples|
|Jasper gets in on the action|
We head out and start walking towards the bridge and to check out the artsy neighbourhood. I really like this neighbourhood and could see myself living here. Check out the giant troll that lives under the Aurora bridge! A short walk to Theo's Chocolates that makes organic fair trade chocolates, and to die for, we buy some to take home. Below are some shots around the community.
|the giant toll under the Aurora bridge, there is an actual VW bug that the troll has in his hands|
|actually looks like this junk might be good as it is described as "deluxe"|
|16ft statue of Lenin|
|Jasper buys some chocolate|
|Jasper gets into the action|
After the donuts and a cold drink we decide to walk back to the hotel via the waterfront, I know more walking but we are leaving tomorrow and I really want to see the waterfront too. It is Seafair weekend and there is a navel ship in port. Here is a shot and a few others:
|I hear it is really good here, didn't make it there this time, maybe next|
Next blog will be all about our fabulous dinner and trip home.