My family and I had about a 10-hour lay over in Seattle from Minnesota to Hawaii, so my younger brother’s family decided to rent a car and tour this place…
We drove up Highway 5 to downtown Seattle, which we noticed it was a typical “Sleepless” in Seattle foggy day..
If your looking for an affordable parking ($7 all day) place by the touristy “Pike Market Place”, we found this place…
It cost us something as we were about to enter this outside parking lot a couple of blocks away, this “poor” guy directed us and told us about this cheaper parking lot and asked us for $5 for this advice that is saving us money.
We walked about 2 blocks to the main entrance of Pike Market Place, which I automatically reflected the show-“Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmerman”…
This scene was featured in the show, which I remember the fish “flying” (being tossed), which I would “witness” live with my family (my 8 year old nephew and dad both seem in awe of it).
Before this, we went to the end part of this shopping place and got chocolates and then went to this stairway overlooking the harbor towards the amusement park..
As we went the opposite way towards the north part of the market, we were wondering why it was so crowded in one place..
..We found out it was the first “original” Starbucks..
..After doing this video, we went long this particular area of the market and my eyes were drawn to this “organic” apple cider place..
..It took awhile to get some “cherry” flavor apple cider and fruits (e.g. plums) and would end-up getting lost. I went up and down looking for my family and didn’t see them. Fortunately, I waited by that central area (corner where we first entered) and ended up finding them…whew!! 🙂
While waiting for the others to realize I was back, my brother’s mother-in-law met a guy that spoke the same language (Hmong) at this flower shop. I think it was very sweet that she met someone with the similar cultural background. After we all found each other, we headed out of the market back to our rental vehicle. We then drove to find the “famous” Space Needle since we weren’t hungry yet.
We got hungry and it was time for our lunch, so we googled the nearest restaurant and saw the 4.5 of 5 stars for Green Leaf Vietnamese Restaurant & Lounge..
We overall thought this was a great choice!
During our “road-trip”, my brother and I commented about how it was nice our dad was “lecturing” his grandson about various life topics (e.g. humility, math problems, etc..).
“Make a Difference” Feature
If you have enough money as a tourist to see the many attractions in Seattle. Then you can spare some “change” to “make a difference” in this city..
*click on pic to see list of “non-profit” organizations you can donate or participate/volunteer at for an hour, day, or more in your next trip/visit to Seattle. This will enhance your “vacation” as you interact with the locals/residents of Seattle.
Sleepless in Seattle – Seattle Gives Back , from youtube.com
“Published on Oct 31, 2014
A campaign by the people of Seattle & King County to provide every homeless person in our area with a warm sleeping bag and a sense of human dignity. #sleeplessinseattle
Donation Page: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/sleepless-in-seattle-seattle-gives-back
Email Signup: eepurl.com/6YaUH”
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