Christmas preparation in Seattle

December 1, 2008 at 12:06 am | Posted in SOF conference 08 | Leave a comment

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Sunday Morning. After a great sleep, and a workout  and swim at the hotel gym and pool, Derek and I have taken advantage of the time today to get out and around Seattle City Centre. Pike Place Market  was our first destination. Colourful stalls of fresh produce. Seafood to die for; huge atlantic salmon, fresh crabs, oysters, lobsters. We enjoyed browsing and watching people in a distictly different and interesting culture doing their pre Christmas  and weekend shopping. Found a great little second hand book store. Then headed across town along the waterfront to Seattle Center which is a large park with Exhibition Center, Science Fiction Museum and sports pavilion. We planned to ride the Space Needle ( a Seattle equivalent to Sky City) but the mist  hasnt cleared enough for us to believe the investment of dollars is worth the view. In fact it was difficult to see anything of the sound when we were on the waterfront. Just means we need to get back there before we leave town.

The Christams decorations are pretty cool here as you can see from the internal hotel decor. There is an amazing display of Christmas gingerbread houses alongside the tree in the hotel foyer, pictured above. However we are only just  adjusting to dusk falling at 4pm and the city lights going on.

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