15.09.2011 - 15.09.2011 18 °C
After a restless morning’s sleep we dragged ourselves out of bed at 9.15. As we were repacking the bags the porter arrived to move us. The new room was quite satisfactory. In fact I like it better as it has a separate shower. However, we still don’t have tea making facilities which is most annoying.
After consulting the concierge we learnt that we could join the hop on, hop off tour that I had purchased from the Sheraton around the corner. The guy who was the tour guide had a split in the side of his pants and his pink tie looked like it could do with good wash. Looking past that, the commentary around the loop was informative and helped us to get orientated. After one lap, we disembarked and took the ride up the Needle, built in 1962. I am still not real impressed with these lifts that hang off the side of things. It has a very fast ascent and the view was excellent. The only downside was that it was overcast but apparently the weather is good as it is usually raining so we won’t complain.
A lunch of clam chowder, clam nibbles and fish and chips was had with some very noisy seagulls at Iver’s at Pier 55. It was our first lot of fish and chips for the trip and it was quite enjoyable. (We had missed breakfast altogether!!) Once the bus picked us up, we travelled to Pike Street, a market person’s paradise. We bought some lovely fruit and checked out all the artwork and listened to the buskers. The flowers for sale were really impressive and most were cheap - $5 per bunch. It was a short walk back to the hotel along the streets of downtown Seattle. We offloaded the fruit and a few groceries that we had bought and then headed out to Macy’s store in search of cabin luggage. Talk about shopper’s paradise – we had to go to floor 6 to find what we wanted and the stock in the shop was unbelievable. It would be my recommendation for the shopaholics that I know to plan a visit Vancouver or Seattle. I guess all the cities have shops like these. We went in to NikeTown which was enjoyable. Prices seemed to be reasonable.
On our walk to Macy’s Ross spotted a little street shop entitled La Creperie Voila. Of course he regretted straight away that he had brought it to my attention. The decision for dinner was made on the spot – savoury ham crepe followed by strawberry crepe for dessert. Luckily I didn’t have breakfast today!!