Visiting Seattle from Bainbridge Island is an everyday event for many residents, since the island is something of a bedroom community for workers commuting to Seattle. For us, however, the ferry ride held all the delights of a rare experience. The walk-on ferry passage from Bainbridge Island to Seattle is free on the Bainbridge side, but you pay when returning from Seattle. (The ticket for seniors is half-price.)
On disembarking in Seattle, the first thing I saw was this strange concrete figure with a gas jet coming out of its head. Sort of an Easter Island-type figure, don’t you think? Trying to imagine the thing in any back yard I know, but not quite getting there.
The most important thing on our minds at this point, though, was where to find fish and chips for lunch. Turns out that Ivars Fish Bar on the wharf serves great Alaska cod.
Every tourist to Seattle heads for Pike Place Market, I suppose, because there were certainly a lot of them there. A myriad of shops sell about every kind of article you could imagine, but originally it was Seattle’s first farmer’s market.
From there we walked up the hill to catch the Seattle monorail (again, senior tickets were half price) to the Space Needle. We purchased the combo ticket for the Chihuly Garden and Glass museum and a ride to the top of the Space Needle. The latter was an underwhelming event, to put it mildly. Under renovation right now, the Space Needle will have to have something pretty amazing to offer up top besides the view if I’m ever to put down my money again.
Chihuly Garden and Glass
The Chihuly Garden and Glass installations located beside the Space Needle, on the other hand, are truly a treasure. Such vibrant colors and fanciful shapes. Loved it. The images and hues are still in my mind at this writing many weeks later. I’d visit again in a minute if I could!
Some of the creations seem to be space images from another planet.
Other shapes seem to come from under the water.
Or to be flowers caught in their momentary fragility.
Still others burst from the landscape like the vegetation that surrounds them.
All are fanciful, brilliantly conceived, and stir my imagination in profound ways.