"We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time."—T.S. Eliot
The Pike Place Market in Downtown Seattle is not a place to miss if you are ever in the Pacific Northwest. It's a hubbub of activity. I was there with my husband on Saturday! Street musicians are everywhere—from Native American singers to banjo players. There's even a guy who hula hoops while spinning and balancing his guitar on his chin.
The public market is situated overlooking Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains along the downtown waterfront. Ferry boats come and go from several islands along this waterfront.
The very first Starbucks is located in Pike Place Market. Years ago, it was just a local hangout and no one knew what Starbucks was. Musicians still gather in front of this old hot spot.
I love going to the market with my husband. There's so much life there. We like to meander through the market and look at all the beautiful flower arrangements and fresh vegetables. Of course, we always get caught up in the crowds watching the infamous "flying fish". If you go to the market, you must stay and watch someone order fresh fish. There's a lot of hollering that happens and then a fish flies through the air from behind the counter into the hands of a worker on the other side who wraps it up for the customer.
Oh, and you must stop by Market Spice Tea. They have free samples in the back of their delicious cinnamon spice tea. In fact, there are wonderful samples of everything from chocolate to cheeses throughout the market.
We happened to hit Pike Place Market on a very sunny, yet cold, day! The picture above reflects that. I like it because sun is so rare in January here, but it was shining bright last Saturday.
Are there any great places to visit where you live? I'd love to hear about them!