On Friday we went to Seattle where I didn't see Frasier or a heartsick Tom Hanks, but I did ride a monorail, see a great fish market, and watch the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. Seattle is a bustling city of over 620,000. What I know it best for is that their EMS has the reputation for the fastest response times and best cardiac arrest survival rates in the country. But enough of that nerdery. The monorail took us on a thrilling one mile ride to the Space Needle. This Seattle classic is a must do, if only for it's camp value. Built for the 1962 world's fair, I don't think much has changed since then, except for gift shop expansion. It's a 40 second elevator ride to the top, and the view from 605 feet is great from the city center to the far reaches of Puget sound.
Back on the ground, we visited the Chihuly Glass Garden which was stunning and fascinating. It is a whole museum of his instillations as well as a garden that joins glass and spring blooms seamlessly. We got coffee at Starbucks, because it felt right, and walked to Pikes Place Market which easily won me over as I love markets. It was full of good food, beautiful displays of flowers, and singing fish mongers.
We had a delicious dinner and headed to the symphony which was a wonderful way to end the day.