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Sunday, June 10, 2012

You are a Tourist

Death Cab for Cutie sings a song with the lyrics:

And if you feel just like a tourist in the city you were born
Then it's time to go
I couldn't disagree more.

I played tourist at home this weekend.  Seattle has so many treasures there is never a shortage of things to do or see.

  • 26 miles bike ride on the Interurban trail from Tukwila to Kent
  • Recovery/reward meal at Jule Maes Saloon in Georgetown.  One bacon gorgonzola burger with tater tots later, I was beyond satisfied. Unbeknownst to us, it happened to be Georgetown's Carnival day so all the crazies were out.  Aerial acrobats, stilt walkers, tatted out bikers, dancing scarf guy (he is EVERYWHERE!), characters of Seattle's gruffier side were out in full force. It was brilliant. 


Lincoln Park exploring:

What a gem of the best of everything: sun, water, trails, woods.  Also ran into a bestie while sitting on a bench taking in the view.  An unexpected treat. We chatted for an hour and then continued on our walks.

"Beach Trail" should really be more apropos-ly be named "4 million stairs to Beach Trail".  My flip flops were woefully insufficient but didn't stop me.  Great views, quiet places to contemplate, lots of people + dog watching.  It quickly became clear the Seattlites go to Alki, West Seattlites go to Lincoln Park.  Well played, West Seattle.

California Ave Lunching and Window Shopping:

If I lived in West Seattle (like I do for two weeks) I would eat a Bakery Nouveau every day. Every. day.  Bakery Nouveau is home to the best baked good I've ever had.  And if you know me at all this is the boldest of statements to make.  But its true. 

Pear Torte
Turkey Havarti Croissant Sandwich
darn tooting good

I'm salivating just thinking of it. 

I strolled California Avenue, peppered with cute boutique stores, Easy Street Records, Antique Stores, book stores (where I may or may not have acquired new material), cafes, all a lazy hustle and bustle on a beautiful Sunday afternoon.  The farmers market was a buzz with neighbors, kids and do-gooders.

Hope your weekend was equally as exploratory and delicious. 


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