Seattle Here I Come…Part 1

Have you wondered what happened to me? I apologize for not telling you goodbye and that I was headed off to Seattle, WA for a Photographers Retreat, more on that subject this week. There were SO many details that needed to have my attention before I could leave, I couldn’t even squeeze one post in to say tootle loo…sigh!

After I landed in Seattle…there was a couple of sites that I HAD to visit before the retreat started. Of course, I HAD to see Pike Place Market!!! What a glorious place folks…I mean it was created more than a century ago. I had to see what all the hub bub was all about. It surely didn’t disappoint. This is a place to provide for farmers and customers to meet directly, the Market continues the “Meet the Producer” tradition with farmers selling their produce and products at Market farm stalls seven days a week, 362 days a year.

I was told, more than 80 Washington farmers sell at the Market, offering Seattle residents and visitors the freshest and highest quality seasonal abundance from their fields.

This beautiful market overlooks the Elliott Bay waterfront in Seattle. The Market opened August 17, 1907, and is one of the oldest continually operated public farmers’ markets in the United States. It is a place of business for many small farmers, craftspeople and merchants. Named after the central street, Pike Place runs northwest from Pike Street to Virginia Street, and remains one of Seattle’s most popular tourist destinations.

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The Market is built on the edge of a steep hill, and consists of several lower levels located below the main level. Each features a variety of unique shops such as antique dealers, comic book and collectible shops, small family-owned restaurants, and one of the oldest head shops in Seattle. The upper street level contains fishmongers, fresh produce stands and craft stalls operating in the covered arcades.

Pike Place Market is home to nearly 500 residents who live in 8 different buildings throughout the Market. Most of these buildings have been low income housing in the past; however, some of them no longer are, such as the Livingston Baker apartments. The Market is run by the quasi-government Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority (PDA). Can you believe the Pike Place Market sees 10 million visitors annually? I feel so blessed that I am now one of them.

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Pike Place Market craftspeople talk about their original, locally produced, handmade crafts and what it’s like to be part of a crafts market unlike any other.

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Pike Place Market is home to more than 50 specialty food purveyors who deliver the freshest, highest quality food products to the Market from around the world. Explore a world of flavor with all the fresh seafood…beyond amazing.

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You would have NO excuse not to eat healthy in Seattle! Freshness just exudes from here…

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My favorite booths…the flower bouquet arrangement stalls. Not only are the flowers PERFECT in every way, but the florist are so quick about their craft!! She put this bouquet together in just a couple of minutes…our mouths just hit the floor! We all were just looking at each other saying, “Did you see how fast she did that?” Oh, did I mention that you can buy this for as little as $10? Big sigh!!! I know where I would be on Saturday mornings if I lived here…just think bringing these into your home every week for just a few dollars.

Have you visited Seattle’s Pike Place Market before? What was your favorite part?

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Happy Monday to you my friend…its good to be back here again.

Laurie
XXOO

 

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99 thoughts on “Seattle Here I Come…Part 1

  1. Not sure how I missed this post! Love my Seattle! I go to this market on a regular basis. My best to you and thank you for dropping by my blog as I really appreciate it!

  2. These are fantastic shots — I’ve visited Pike Place 3 times now, and the colours and activity are fabulous. I just wish I could take photos like you have.
    Regards from Brisbane, Australia. 🙂

  3. Thank you! I’m from Seattle. At least I was born there. I haven’t lived there since I was 4 but I used to come back for my summers! This was like a gift of photography! Thank you!

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  7. Your photo’s look like travel post cards. I really love wondering thru these local markets. We have one in Edmonton on Saturday from mid May to end of Sept just a few blocks away, looking forward to it soon.

  8. What a beautiful display of colour! Very uplifting! And your MoM pic is so interesting because of the contrast of texture and the orange against the white areas. Thank you for sharing on Mandarin Orange Monday:)

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  10. Pike Place Market is high on my list of places to visit. I have always wanted to see the fish vendor and watch the flying fish. Great photos Laurie. 🙂

  11. I love your colors . We visited Seattle once. Unfortunately, we did not get to explore the market. I think Seattle is a lovely place. Thanks for sharing your photos.

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  13. My daughter lives in Seattle and I want to visit the market every time I’m there. Your photos of the market are just tops! You have really captured the essence of the market. Thanks for sharing!

    _Lynn

  14. I have not been there, but everyone who has that I know says they love the area! I’m glad you got to go, your pictures are gorgeous.

  15. It has been forever since I visited – but one visit can last a life time. It is an amazing experience for so many senses – sight, sound, smell and taste.

  16. I’ve only visited Pike’s Place Market once but enjoyed it immensely. I found a mom & pop German butcher shop there that sells authentic head cheese, a lunch meat delicacy to someone with Geerman born parents. I enjoyed the famiuse fish market where they sling large fish between the workers, sometimes over the counter to the squeals of the passers bye. I live in portland, OR so I’m sure I’ll return there again.

  17. Yes, I’ve been there a half a dozen times and loved it each and every visit. The flowers are so gorgeous they don’t look real and it is hard to not just walk around saying ahh the whole time. Did you see a flying fish? Hope so. Thanks for the memories.

  18. Funny coincidence we both posted about Pike Place, and have some similar subjects, but you still see a slightly different interpretation – and that’s good, isn’t it? Knowing the challenges of taking pictures there, I really think your sign photo and the crabs are fantastic. Glad you had fun!

  19. Pike’s is such an icon! I have never been, but I see images all over. What a fun experience. Can’t wait to hear more of what you experienced in Seattle.

  20. My son lives on Baimbridge Island and works in Seattle. The first place I HAVE to go each visit it Pike Place Market. I adore it and will never tire of all the flowers, fish, veggies…you name it and it is there. You got an awesome shot of the old sign. WOW! dos the red POP! genie

  21. I adore Seattle! I only was able to stay a few days, but definitely want to go back! My fave things were the fish guys. I’m bold enough now to catch a fish thrown at me! LOL

    But, my FAVE place was the first Starbuck’s of course! With the original sign and logo. SO fun!

    Thanks for bringing back great memories! I needed that today. 🙂

    Be blessed!

    ~BC_Chelle

  22. I am thrilled to see the pictures and your post about Seattle – I have been telling my husband we should relocate to Seattle! And really, I don’t know why except I’ve read such great things about the area. Now here are these beautiful photos and a dream farmers’ market. Maybe it’s a sign? Thanks for the post, and I look forward to learning about your photography retreat.

  23. A great big WELCOME BACK! We all missed you…..well, at least I did, lots! Your photographs are absolutely stunning. What is the third photo with the garlic at the end? Is that something to hang in the kitchen? It was simply beautiful! Glad you are back! {{{hugs}}}

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