Second Day of Vacation - May 19, 2012
|Waterfall Garden Park|
And the view was indeed awesome! After leaving Volunteer Park, we explored the Capitol Hill neighborhood and vistied the Elliott Bay Book Company, which is touted in my Frommer's book as the city's favorite bookstore. It is over 20,000 square feet, and I found it a bit overwhelming.
We rode the bus back into downtown proper and went to the Seattle Center, where the Space Needle is located. We decided not to go up in the Needle. The lines were long, Sandra had been there before, and after seeing the views from Volunteer Park, I was OK with not going up in it. We explored Seattle Center and I saw a glass sculpture that immediately reminded me of Dale Chihuly, an artist who works in glass. A museum of his work opened in St Petersburg not too long before I moved from the Tampa area and my family and I visited the it last June. It turns out the brand new Chihuly Garden and Glass was scheduled to open the day after we set sail on our cruise. AARRRGH! All we could do was peer through the fence to catch a glimpse of several of the outdoor sculptures.
|Chihuly glass sculpture|
From Seattle Center we walked UP the hill to the Queen Anne neighborhood. Near the top of the hill was a small park with another awesome view of the city skyline.
Sandra and I then decided to head for the Chinatown area, and as luck would have it, our route took us back through Pioneer Square, so I sweet-talked Sandra into stopping by the Seattle Mystery Bookstore on our way back through. Now THAT ended up being the bookstore that resonated with me! I started talking authors with a lady that works there. After telling her how much I enjoyed Val McDermid and Jo Nesbo, she recommended several other non-American authors for me to try. The next thing you know, Sandra is caught up in the mood, and ready to buy a book to try too! The desire and love to read can indeed be infectious!
|Sign in the Seattle Mystery Bookshop!|
We followed the walking tour through the Chinatown/International District, and were a bit disappointed by how run down it appeared to be. It was rather sad. The major highlight from that area was a stop at the Uwajimaya grocery store, where Sandra was able to find Pocky sticks, which are biscuit sticks coated with chocolate. She remembered them from when she lived in Japan as a kid. There were definitely yummy!
|mural in Chinatown|