Although I’ve never been here, I’ve always been drawn to this city. The only other place that’s had that type of pull for me is France – I knew I would love it, too, long before I was lucky enough to go.
I have two full days and a few spare hours here and there once the conference starts to get out and explore the city. There’s a lot I want to do and see while here – but hands down, the world-famous Pike Place Market was at the top of my list.
So, I spent the better part of yesterday checking it out and here’s what I found:
This multi-level conglomeration of shops, restaurants and vendor booths is home to one of the country’s oldest farmers’ markets. Each day, it draws crowds of visitors eager to partake of all it has to offer in the way of fresh fruits, vegetables, meats – and of course, seafood.
As you meander through the various shops and booths, you’ll encounter a diverse mix of artisans working in a wide variety of mediums – food, jewelry, water colors, pottery and natural fibers, to name a few.
If you are inspired by people who chart their own path in life, you’ll get a rush out of being in such close proximity to so much creative energy.
For as little as $5 – $10 you can walk out with an impressively large bouquet filled with enormous dahlias, sunflowers, and lilies.
If I lived here, this would be a simple luxury I would indulge in weekly. In fact, since I’ll be here working and writing for several more days – I just may go back and treat myself to some later today. 🙂 While I’m there, I’ll also stock up on some fresh fruits and veggies to enjoy during my stay.
My biggest regret is that I don’t have access to a kitchen while I’m here – I was feeling very inspired to get cooking while there. My wallet, on the hand, is feeling a bit grateful that I don’t.
If a trip to Seattle is in your future, be sure to include a trip to Pike Place Market. It is open 19.5 hours a day, 362 days a year – closed for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.