on December 20, 2006
Overall, the Pike Place Market is awesome. However, as I approached it from the waterfront, it took me quite some time to figure out how to get to "it." I wandered around an indoor-only portion of tacky shops that said it was the "Pike Place Market" (Shops?) and was initially disappointed.If you come from the waterfront, you need to climb ALL the way up the stairs (the Pikes Place Hill Climb) and push your way through the "shops" (unless you like tacky souvenirs and missing out on the fun of the real market). It's very confusing, but if you're smarter than me, you'll find your way out to the street and into the cacophony that is the Market.You'll be overwhelmed by the scents of fresh food - and the options of what to snack on for lunch or mid-day bite to eat. Flowers, meat, fish, fruit, bread, pasta, and more all tease your eye. Knowing I had to return to Dallas in a day was disappointing because I wanted to buy one of everything.Unfortunately I missed much of the market because I had spent so much time being 'lost' in the tourist trap section and I had an appointment to make. However, it is a truly amazing place that leaves me wanting more and someday I will return. I may even spend a half day there only to leave with a picnic basket full of goodies to enjoy at a local park on the way home.
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