Throwing Fish and Eating Chocolate in Seattle…
The first stop in Seattle is always the Public Market along Puget Sound…
specifically the Pike Place Fish Market. Whenever a customer orders a fish, workers shout to each other and fling the fish through the air. Actually the guy in front keeps a spare fish on the side specifically for this; it gets mangled quite quickly. It’s not just a fun thing to watch, but a management methodology. Read about it in When Fish Fly: Lessons for Creating a Vital and Energized Workplace from the World Famous Pike Place Fish Market.
The public market is the spot to see the notorious multi-story gum wall (yes, people put their used gum on the wall), but that’s too disgusting for a photo. The original Starbucks (ca. 1971!) is here, with a line going around the block. We didn’t stop there, but did have scrumptious Piroshkys a few shops away. These are Russian filled pastries (not Russian-filled).
Pike’s offers a view of Mt. Rainier over the Seattle Seahawks stadium.
In the early ‘70s, two Seattle teenagers (Bill Gates and Paul Allen) became obsessed with computers, which led to the creation of Microsoft and ultimately billions in wealth for each of them. Today on opposite Seattle street corners the two boyhood friends provide unique visions of what can be done with great wealth.
Across the bridge to Seattle’s northern districts: The last time Nancy was in Seattle was with Liz in her Green America Fair Trade role for a Green Festival. We’re retracing the steps of that visit. That meant going to Theo’s Chocolate manufacturing facility…and sampling product, of course.
Theo is in Fremont, near the Fremont Troll, an art (?) project under the Aurora Avenue Overpass. Built in 1989 it’s the same age as our niece Meghan, but Meghan is holding up a lot better! (Happy Birthday, Meghan!)
Just north of Fremont is Ballard, a hipster kind of neighborhood. We went to our favorite little breakfast spot, Café Besalu.
Who would ever imagine a rusting gas works could become a major city park? But it has. Gas Works Park offers views of the city across Union Lake.
Grey’s Anatomy doesn’t give a clear picture of the city of Seattle. This place is hilly! Kerry Park, on a tall hill in the Queen Anne district, provides a view of the city. On a clear day, you can see to Mount Rainier. Our days were not quite clear enough. Look for Seattle Grace Mercy West Hospital to the right. (Just kidding. GA is a TV show!)
The Fremont Brewery in Fremont, Earth.
On our last night we walked to Chinatown, which happens to be next to the stadium for the Seattle Seahawks, who happen to be owned by Paul Allen. We had Peking Duck, almost as good as in Beijing.
A lovely couple days in Seattle. We do want to thank Shosh, Carrie, Liz, and especially Kathy for their advice and kindness. Mwah!