Sunday, July 16, 2017

Scatter-shooting inSeattle

We had a one-day stay in Seattle prior to boarding the Oceania Regatta for a cruise through Alaska's inside passage.  We settled into the Mayflower Park Hotel, a boutique hotel well located in the city center and not far from the cruise dock.  The hotel is one of the oldest in Seattle and it has been beautifully remodeled.

Seattle is a nice city, worthy of more than a one-day visit. But one day was all we had, so here are some general impressions.

Cars.  There are too many and they go too fast.  There were three fender bender accidents along with police cars, closed lanes, and slowdowns, between the airport and downtown.

Boutique hotels.  There are not enough.  It’s nice not to have to worry about points and to see something unique. The Mayflower Park Hotel was an elegant and comfortable place to stay and their bar, Oliver’s, was the perfect watering hole…think Strater Hotel and the Office.
Market Places.  The Pike’s Street Market bustles with people, and supplies a unique mingling of fish, food, and tourist fluff.  Nice place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to shop there.
Coffee.  Thank you, Starbucks!

Homeless People.  They appear to be a problem all over the U.S., not just in Durango. 
Where is FOX news?

A Great America.  We asked the taxi driver if all of the bustle and construction in town was due to our new administration and their efforts to “make America great again.”  “No,” he said, “it’s due to Amazon, Boeing, Microsoft, and Starbucks.”  He also said the terrible traffic was due to innumerable people cruising around town hoping to get a Uber commission.

Art and life. I’m for it, and so is Seattle.

Buskers.  I always add a dollar to the pot. Why don’t more homeless people learn to play an instrument?

Chihuley’s Museum and Gardens. I didn’t see a person there who didn’t have a smile on his/her face, especially in the garden.

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