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An October 2008 trip to Seattle by onesundaymorning

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Pike Place Market

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Pike Place Market Photo, Seattle, Washington
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Pike Place Market isn't just a place to shop; it is an experience. It's color, unique booths, and the characters that work there each day have made the market the so called "Soul of Seattle." If it wasn't for the rising price of onions in 1906 the market might not exist today. That is until a city councilman decided that there needed to be a place where the farmers could sell directly to the consumer to help keep down skyrocketing prices. And so the market was born with eight farmers being greeted on that fateful day in August by 10,000 people, and the crowds haven't died down since. Today the markets cover over nine acres of land overlooking the beautiful Elliott Bay.Navigating the market is re...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 22, 2008

Pike Place Market
85 Pike Street
Seattle, Washington 98101
(206) 682-7453

Seattle Art Museum

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Seattle Art Museum Photo, Seattle, Washington
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I have to admit I'm bit of an art snob. There is nothing better then a day spent wondering a museum and taking in some great art. With that said I'm also a big fan of the east coast museums especially the MOMA. Now, hearing about SAM, the Seattle Art Museum, I was more then ready to go and on top of that admission was included with my Go Seattle card. I was stoked; then I saw the museum. Let me state my case on art before I continue. I love good art. I appreciate the masters, and I love Picasso and Andy Warhol. I can see the passion in Pollock's paintings and have defended Dadaism (the anti-art movement itself). There is no question in my mind that modern art is relevant, but some is just plain ...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on December 12, 2008

Seattle Art Museum
100 University St
Seattle, Washington 98101
(206) 654-3255

Woodland Park Zoo

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Woodland Park Zoo Photo, Seattle, Washington
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It was a chilly morning. The rain had stopped around sunrise the ground was glittering and water drops hung off the flowers. I got off the bus an stepped into a residential area. Looking around I wondered how could there be a zoo here. Only a few feet away was a clearing, a small gate and ticket booth marking the West entrance. The zoo opened at 9:30am and about 10 minutes to opening there was already a small line of families with excited tots. It became obvious that the three families were pass holders of some sort; already talking about what they were going to see and greeting the ticket taker by name.Woodland Park Zoo is not a city zoo by any sense of the phrase. There are no cages, no tiny h...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 12, 2008

Woodland Park Zoo
601 North 59th Street
Seattle, Washington 98103
(206) 548-2500

Seattle Overview

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The harbor Photo, Seattle, Washington
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Seattle: great food, amazing people, beautiful scenery, and a great culture; that's the Emerald City in a nut shell. Besides being the home to Starbucks, Nordstroms, Boeing, Seattle's Finest, Apple, Microsoft, Edie Bauer, and Amazon (excuse me if I left out a few Washington based companies), the birth place of grunge (take it for what it's worth), Kurt Cobain, and Jimi Hendrix, and the home (well Tacoma technically if you want to be technical about things) the the world renown blown glass guru, Dale Chihuly; Washington is a pretty cool state. I've been to many cities, but by far Seattle is the most laid back and quirky (visit Fremont to see my point). Every place I went someone was willing to talk and...Read More

Anthony's Pier 66 & Bell Street Diner

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Restaurant

Anthony's Pier 66 & Bell Street Diner Photo, Seattle, Washington
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Walking along the harbor on my first night I was getting pretty hungry and wanting to eat for cheap, but find something that wasn't fast food, and not knowing where I was became a huge problem. I walked up and down the harbor and finally decided to take my chance on a small restaurant called Anthony's Pier 66 and Bell Street Diner. It was attached to a more expensive looking restraint, but with a glass garage door as it's entrance I knew that I couldn't go wrong. All of the items on the menu was fish, and not being a huge fish eater I settle on the tried and true fish taco. Actually it was a Blackened Rock fish Taco for $4.99, and a soda for $1.99. Truthfully I wasn't looking forward to eating, but t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 2, 2008

Anthony's Pier 66 & Bell Street Diner
2201 Alaskan Way
Seattle, Washington 98121
+1 206 448 6688

Green Tortoise Backpackers Guesthouse

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Hotel | "Green Tortoise"

Green Tortoise Backpackers Guesthouse Photo, Seattle, Washington
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It's impossible to experience Seattle without staying at the Green Tortoise. Now just saying that you stayed at a hostel is enough to send most people in a tail spin, but this isn't like any other hostel; it is the king of all hostels. Located next to the Pike Street Market it is perfectly situated in the heart of downtown Seattle, seconds from buses that run to every major attraction, and a brisk walk to the Seattle Art Museum, the harbor, and the SAM sculpture garden. The Green Tortoise has a culture of its own. Although the vast majority of the people there are liberal, twenty somethings, families, and many Alaskan fishers make it not only there jumping off point to other destinations, but al...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 2, 2008

Green Tortoise Backpackers Guesthouse
105 Pike Street
Seattle, Washington 98101
(206) 340-1222