Last weekend Meaghan and I travelled up to Seattle to meet with her parents who were leaving from the port town for an Alaskan cruise. We took a bus to downtown Portland and then caught the Amtrak Cascades train at Union Station. Pro tip: The travel time on the train is less than a typical drive from Portland to Seattle and is a lot more comfortable and scenic.
Meaghan and I arrived a little earlier than her parents flight landed so we decided to tour the world famous market on the waterfront. There are a great variety of shops and curios on display that can easily fill a Friday afternoon.
That evening we met up with her parents at our hotel, conveniently where they were also staying for the night, and headed out for a meal at the Rock Bottom brewery. After a good night’s sleep, we rose early and took a stroll down Pike Place and the Post Alley shops.
The first Starbucks is always a popular tourist attraction. On this day there was a single busker with an acoustic guitar and a few large tour groups. Fortunately as it was an early Saturday morning, despite the crowds it was much quieter than usual. The market was also very quiet and we were able to enjoy the flowers and amazing stalls of fresh food without the crowds.
The final stop for the morning was at Ye Olde Curiosity Shop, and at a machine used to crush a penny to create a memento of the visit (also for Chris’ mom who likes to collect them).
Due to inconsistencies in the space-time continuum, and also because I didn’t get around to posting this for over week, Greg and Jenny actually returned from their cruise yesterday. All reports indicate that they had a fantastic time. It was lovely to see them both, even if it was for just one day. We look forward to seeing them again at Christmas time.