On Friday, M and I made it all the way in to Seattle, and obviously we had to go to Pike Place Market.
M had told me that Seattle is known for having awful traffic, and I understand why: it can be flying along at 80 miles an hour, and then five minutes later you are down to 30. Thankfully we didn’t have any great rush, so we were able to take our time! (I was eating the aforementioned candy and chocolate in the car, so I was content 🙂 ) We stayed at the Hotel Ändra in downtown Seattle: I wasn’t able to snag any pictures at the time, but these are courtesy of Google:
It is a sleek and modern Scandinavian style, and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a hotel. We dropped off the car, and then I dragged M straight to the Kate Spade store in Pacific Place Mall. It is a smaller mall, but is quite tall (five storeys). Kate Spade was small but cute, and the staff were lovely! It is a very clean and organised store; it is full of bright colours and sparkle! After being informed that the entire store was 25% off, it took all of my self control, but I did control myself. (See my Style Saturday post about Kate Spade here!)
After this, we headed to the Nordstrom connected to the mall. It was a large and mostly designer Nordstrom. While I was looking at shoes, we saw this DJ in a tuxedo. Not 100% sure why a department store needs a DJ, but why not, right? (If I had a DJ with me at all times, we’re all listening to Christmas music 24/7, not random electro-pop.)
After that, to the Market! Until I got there, the only thing that I really knew of Pike Place Market is that the original Starbucks is there. We did try to go to the original Starbucks, but the line was 45+ minutes long. Nooooo bueno. Back to the Market! I had no idea that the market was so long, or that there were multiple levels! There were numerous different stalls and shops; different kinds of foods and ciders and paintings and fish and belt buckles and carvings and crabs and flowers and photos and everything else you could imagine. I preferred the stalls on ground level as opposed to the shops underground; the shops felt rather clausterphobic as many of them were crammed full. Still, a very picturesque place.
Here is the famous gum wall being taken down! I personally think it’s gross, so I wasn’t particularly upset about it being removed.
Of course, as a prairie girl, we had to go to the Russian bakery Piroshky Piroshky. Apparently it was on some famous food guys show in the last year or so and now everyone flocks to it! I tried a rhubarb pastry, we shared the cinnamon roll, and M got a meat and cheese piroshky. The piroshky was bagel-sized (as opposed to the small ball it is here), but still delicious. The rhubarb pastry was not so great (hey, it happens), and the cinnamon roll with apple slices was perfect and I can see why it is a best seller!
Our evening plans? The Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Emergence. We had dinner at a random sports bar across from the Space Needle, as there is pretty much NOTHING in the vicinity of the museums/Needle/McCaw Hall (home of the PNB). Emergence was a mixed repertoire- four different pieces. I loved the first piece, it was the closest to classical ballet. The second piece was a single dancer with a skirt that probably had a 12 foot diametre, and was incredibly impressive. The third piece was interesting at the time but didn’t really stick out to me. The fourth and final piece, Emergence, was different for me. It was originally produced and performed by the National Ballet of Canada in 2009. It is meant to imitate insects in hive/insect home, and the music and sounds and choreography and costumes all tie into this. Emergence was M’s favourite! I am afraid of bugs, so it was a little uncomfortable for me. I did enjoy the interesting use of classical steps- instead of the pas de cheval, I suppose it was a pas de insecte. I’m very much hoping to see the PNB’s production of the Nutcracker at Christmas!
PAWS ON THE LEGS AND EVERYTHING 😍
Part III will be up ASAP!