In Downtown Seattle

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      1. We have one about an hour’s drive from home so we don’t go there often. But I hear there may be a small one coming close to home pretty soon and am eagerly looking forward to it 🙂

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  1. Great to see The Public Market again! Love that place. Didn’t try any purple asparagus though – but sounds delicious! Great photos and personal observations. Always a pleasure to read – Neek

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    1. Sounds like you have walked through those stalls too and noshed here and there. We just went with the flow and got purple asparagus and sea beans along with a Chatty Cathy 😉 Thanks Neek. xx

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  2. I love me a market …. Big, small, covered, open air I’m a little piglet on a truffle finding the best bits. This one is megalicious and as ever your pictures and your words (which make me smile often) lead me through a cornucopia of delights that I immediately want to try for myself! Xx

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    1. Thank you Osyth! You make me feel on top of the world with your kind comments. You would find Pike interesting, chock full of gastronomic treasures. The fact that I could try veggies that I had not tasted before tickled the taste buds and I wanted to get them a seat on the flight too. Alas, the world is not quite there yet. Hope the weekend promises a few culinary delights. xx

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      1. As ever I will be doing serious best to research the best the city has to offer. It is my duty and my cross to bear but needs must, they say 😉 xx

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  3. “Pike Place, you realise, is a live theatre of sorts. It is what I love most about marketplaces. Be it the rows of vegetable stalls in Calcutta where I turned up at with my father as a child almost every day; or the ancient market square in Northampton where the butchers hawked their meats the old way, where the produce made my senses hum with their freshness; Borough Market in London where you could browse and taste gourmet foods before squirreling them away in cloth bags, to be savoured later at home; or the Mercado de San Miguel of Madrid where I went barmy at the range of pinchos, cheeses and meats on display, not to mention the delightful wine bars and cakes.”

    Such a wonderful perspective on our own PPM – one of my most favorite places in my home town. Saved from the developer’s wrecking ball a few decades ago, yay! I love that their artists in the stalls have to be in their own stalls (not have an outside seller) a certain number of days a week, helps keep it authentic and also provides a bit of a living for others who do the selling when standing in for the artists. So many things I’ve obtained at the Market in past years, silver artist earrings (multiple pairs), framed photograph art, bright scarves, kids’ silkscreened clothing when my daughter and son were little, a handmade wood-case fountain pen (gift from my older son), sheepskin slippers for my daughter’s Christmas gift, not to mention produce, nuts, jams, hats, and so on. Fun!

    And thank you for being such a kind listener. It’s a terrific gift to the speaker!

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    1. First of all, anyone with passion about the most seemingly trivial things, gets me. Adi meanwhile always nudges me to get going because he is an ace when it comes to patience. Once in a hundred times, he deigns to stick with me.
      I am fascinated by the range of things you have bought from Pike Place, Theresa. The thought of the silkscreened clothing and handmade wooden pen cases, sheepskin slippers…makes it sound like a stop on the Silk Route. Of course, this is just my imagination. It tends to romanticise places and people, often embarrassingly. I did not know that the stalls can belong to only artists. That makes it even more local and special. Thank you for sharing your thoughts about Pike, and your precious buys too. I wish I had an equivalent of Pike Place here. 🙂 xx

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      1. Ah, yes, and I never thought of it as live theater! I do enjoy the busker musicians, and I’ve never felt under threat there, even if it is a bit cramped inside and the buildings are old. Funny thing, a cousin visiting from Arizona was really put off by the atmosphere; she thought it was dirty and uncomfortable. I’d never thought of it that way, but I thinks she may be associating the buskers especially with panhandlers and aggressive street people. I couldn’t quite figure out what she was worried about until I went through some places in Phoenix (where she lives) that were a bit run-down. Each of us has our own eyes, eh? 🙂

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      2. Could you be turned off by the atmosphere?! It is entirely possible though, Theresa. I have had a similar experience with a cousin visiting us in Northampton. Perspectives can differ so and it might be difficult to understand the psyche of some, but there it is. Hope you are having a relaxing weekend. xx

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  4. What gorgeous photos (as always!) I absolutely love markets; as you said, they have a really unique hustle bustle and sense of community that can sometimes be hard to find in the city. Also, please tell me you bought a bouquet of those tulips! xx

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    1. Thank you Mia 🙂 My sister-in-law did. She bought some lovely peony tulips. Those were gorgeous. I wish I had a market like Pike near my place. It would be expensive but so worth it. xx

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  5. To truly appreciate a culture, one must hear the language, eat the food, see the historic sites, and of course, visit the market. This post brings back memories of all the those I’ve visited during my travels. I was especially tickled that you mentioned Borough Market. I was just thinking the other day that a cappuccino from Monmouth Coffee Company would be sublime.

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    1. I have not been to the Monmouth Coffee Company. I wish one could have a portkey. For now, we have to do with our memory’s portkey though. Thank you Lynn. I know you would relate to the charm of these markets. xx

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  6. I’ve only been to Pile Place Market once but feel like I’ve been there a million times more because of how many times it’s shown in movies.

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      1. Hmm I have not yet experienced the annoying numbers there 🙂 hope your weekend is going well.

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      2. Oh that would make it much better! When I went you could barely move and when all you see is belt buckles- it was a bit much!
        Thank you, I hope yours is going well too:)

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      3. Haha indeed. I would throw a hissy fit.
        I had a relaxing one. Rather about lazing around home, going through postcards and old travel maps, all that 🙂

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  7. I love your comparison of a market to “a live theatre of sorts.” You’ve hit the nail on the head. I’m totally smitten by markets (often drives my son and hubby crazy). Thanks for reminding me of the charms of Pike Place.

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  8. Thank you for the post.
    Street musicians like the young violinist always break my heart a bit.
    To play the violin like that requires ten years of Conservatory?
    And “there ain’t” enough symphonies to give a job to all.

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    1. I know what you mean Brian. They tug at my heart strings too. And whatever we put in their jars does not seem enough for such brilliant talent. Hope you have been having a good week.

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      1. (working on the week, thank you). We are on the same… “melody”. So much public money is wasted on trifles… Why not increase the number of symphonic orchestras? I had an executive who studied violin for ten years. She ended up doing market research. Ha! (And very good research I might add)
        Bon week-end

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      2. No she did not! That’s a blooming pity. We should take on mayoral duties 🙂 Have a good weekend, Brian ji.

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      3. And how far away are you from Manhattan? An hour or so?
        (I spent a bit of time in NJ. As my money was running out I moved away gradually from Manhattan… NJ, Upstate NY…)

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      4. Forty minutes by train. If I was Ms. Moneybag, we would snap up a fine townhouse near CP, but that being what it is not, we do enjoy better value for money in a new condo in NJ. Adi is terribly finicky about old buildings and their plumbing.

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      5. 40 minutes is reasonable. And I support Adi’s “finickiness”. Plumbing is an issue. Our previous house we had bought brand new. Which was fine. Now the “new” house is an old house but we had everything redone including the plumbing.
        (I take it CP is Central park? Wouldn’t mind a townhouse over there though…) 😉
        Be good ma’amji.

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      6. Someone has to balance out my impractical yearnings for period properties. I get that they require major renovations. Like you have done. I love the idea of taking an old house and refurbishing it. Adi is willing to do it only when we invest in a house of our own, not in a rented property. So here we are. As for CP, but Central Park it is with a drumroll 🙂
        I shall strive for goodness Brian ji.

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      7. We got the house cheap, relatively. And spent an additional 25% on complete overhaul. And hubby is right: you can do that when you buy a house of your own. Soon I hope.
        Strive we must, Arundhatiji. 😉

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    1. Thank you M.B., for letting the photos get you into the Seattle mood. It is such a lovely city, and the Pacific NW, the cherry.

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