Seattle – Day 1

Weary and wet but have enjoyed our first day here in Seattle.

A great Sunday brunch at Dahlias on 4th Avenue started the day and was followed by the unmissable Duck tour! The Duck toured the streets of downtown Seattle and out to the edge of Freemont, then onto Lake Union. Some amazing floating houses including the one used in Sleepless in Seattle.  Gas Works Park looks impressive.

Back on dry land and where we started the tour, rain pouring down meant it was a good excuse to pop into my favourite US store – Macy’s! Nice top found its way into my possession……..  Coats done up and hood up we ventured forth into the rain sheltering as and where we could – fantastic umbrella shop, chocolate shop and then into Pike Market and underground.

Wanderings continued and Mr L fancied a beer to restore his weary soul but look as we did we could not find the required hostelry so headed back to our great boutique hotel, Hotel Five on 5th and Blanchard. Complimentary Starbucks coffee and mini ‘pineapple’ cup cakes awaited us.  Setting forth once again with blue skies now above us we headed up to Space Needle and wandered around the Seattle Centre – previously the site of the World Fair in 1962. Final walkers from the 3 day Susan G Kromen breast cancer walk were heading into the local stadium being cheered in by two rows of stalwart cheerleaders braving the everchanging weather.  By now raining again so we headed over to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation with plans to get in the dry but it is closed Sundays and Mondays – we will return on Tuesday as it is a must see on our to do list.

Heading back up 4th there were plentiful bars which Mr L had wanted earlier but now not required! Lots of restaurants too, so J walking back and forth across the 4 lane one way highway (against my better judgement as not very American!) we studied various menus in preparation for Trip Advisor checks to decide on tonight’s eatery.

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