Greetings from Seattle!

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On day two of our American Northwest Coast road trip 2010, we said goodbye to green and growing (and full-service gas-stationed) Oregon and drove up to Seattle, the city of waterways and coffee shops.  As it was the first visit for both of us, I don’t have many eclectic finds to share, since we diligently hit the top few tourist hot-spots suggested by all the guidebooks.  The space needle was fun, but it was a shame not to be able to see it from inside of itself – we didn’t realize how much character it gave the skyline until we saw everything else without it!  Pike Place Market, on the other hand – full of good smells and busyness – got better the farther in it we walked.  We had a perfect French breakfast at Le Panier, and wandered around the stalls of salmon on ice, berries, and desserts between the coffee houses.

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From what little we now know, I would definitely recommend finding a place to stay as near to Pike Place Market as possible – especially if you are staying for several days.  It would be so decadent to be able to have breakfast there every morning in a different little place each time!
CathyHeckStudio_Seattle3 In the evening, we strolled the Pioneer Square First Thursday Art Walk, where we spent most of our time at Davidson Galleries, which was showing some of my recent print work.  (This event was the original impetus for our road trip, and it was a lot of fun.)  The gallery was filled with people and flat files full of masterworks and contemporary prints – heaven on earth – and for those few hours, it wasn’t even raining anymore!

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