Friday-- The Seattle City Bus Tour
Friday—City Tour of Seattle
What a busy day we have had! The first full day on the trip is the first time all 30 of us have assembled for the motor coach tour.
First, we were met by Theresa, the local step-on tour guide who guided us around Seattle, sharing the history, background, development, economics, sights, recent news and attractions of the city. She has a wonderfully mild voice and the right mix of facts, humor and personal touch. We drove around the city, seeing stadiums, neighborhoods, buildings, waterways, fish ladders and the Pike Place Market.
This market place (that I continually think of as KING Market because of the company name) is the famous location where they throw fresh fish from the display case to behind the counter…to the delight of tourists and for the camera! We snapped several action shots and recorded video of the action, even when they missed and dropped TWO fish in a row! That almost never happens, but it is part of the allure!
We stopped for lunch on our own at a street side café, and enjoyed fish and chips, a cup of clam chowder (YUM!) and a can of Diet Coke. Later, I had a “Cowboy Cookie” with walnuts, chips, oatmeal and brown sugar that was a tasty pick-me up!
Our motor coach then took us to the Space Needle, sight of the 1962 World’s Fair. Our ticket not only admitted us to the 850-plus foot attraction, but also to Chihuly Garden & Art Glass, a permanent display at the base of the Needle.
While some people were nervous about the spectacular view, most of us walked around and snapped shots of the Cascade Mountains, Puget Sound, Mount Rainier and downtown Seattle. The thick plate glass keeps you safe but is angled, allowing for daredevil poses tipped over the scenery below. After an hour in the slowly turning observation deck, we came down to the Art Glass exhibit.
The expertly lit glass is sure to be a hit with any fan of Fenton Art Glass. There are nine sequential rooms showing the most organic, fluid glass shapes, plus a garden setting for outdoor displays. A small theater shows five 4-minute video clips of the artist working in Venice, Finland, Jerusalem, in the garden and more. Amazingly, he lost an eye, but not his artistic skill. Unfortunately, we run out of time and have to rush through the gift shop, back to the bus with only a refrigerator magnet instead of an expensive piece of glass-work.
This evening, we had a full dinner at Anthony’s at the Pier. The menu included Shrimp and Macaroni, Kobe Beef Meatloaf, Fish and Chips, Salmon on Rice, Clam Chowder (again!), Caesar Salad, Cram Brule’ or Bailey’s Chocolate Mouse. No one went away hungry. You always eat well on a Holiday Vacations tour!
As we pack up for tomorrow’s departure for the San Juan Islands cruise, we have learned how to do Facebook Live reports in addition to these Blog entries, and video reports and pictures. It makes for a late evening, trying to file reports after a full day, but it also preserves the memories and shares some of the flavor of the day.
I’ll be posting more Facebook Live reports from some of the attractions again tomorrow and next week.