Several weeks ago the Goodlaffs decided to take advantage of a brief break in the torrential rain to get out and be tourists in our city. I like to think we did pretty well.
We started at the Space Needle, and found an Angry Bird ready to launch at the evil space piggies. Apparently, it was a promo for the launch of the new Angry Birds Space game (which is awesome--just sayin'.)
The Space Needle was a part of the 1962 World's Fair, and is celebrating 50 years of being awesome, so the Seattle Center is doing a lot of revamping and remodeling to celebrate such a big anniversary. One of the new exhibits coming in is a blown glass greenhouse garden featuring glass artist Chihuly. The glass is starting to go up. It's not even done yet, and already it looks cool.
We walked from the Space Needle to Pike Place Market. We explored the stalls, bought fancy gourmet pasta (harissa-flavored, which was really good!), saw some flying fish, and got suckered in to buying some truffle oil (which is amazing--we are so gourmet). All the food made us hungry, so we paused for lunch at Pike Place Chowder. I firmly believe that only real way to eat clam chowder is from a bread bowl:
Right after lunch (and I wouldn't recommend this order of events), we popped down Post Alley to see the Gum Wall. It was artfully disgusting, or disgustingly artful--I'm not sure which.
We paused on our way back to the Seattle Center to admire some strange plumbing:
And by the time we got back to the Space Needle, the clouds had disappeared and we headed up in the Needle for some seriously great views of the city! Looking towards Lake Union:
Then Downtown with Mt. Rainier peeking out in the background:
We ended our day with a quick trip up to Capitol Hill, where we grabbed ice cream cones (Strawberry Balsamic and Thai Tea) from Molly Moon's. Tasty!
We are loving exploring our city. There's so much to see and do--I don't think we'll ever get bored!