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Report 1953: Vancouver/Vancouver Island/Seattle July/August 2011

By Panda from UK, Summer 2011

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Page 9 of 12: Day 9 Seattle

As we were so close, we took the monorail to a Downtown shopping area for some birthday money shopping fun. Installing my husband on a comfortable chair in the large square, with water and a book, I set off with the champion shopper. Sale at Abercrombie and Fitch! She was delighted; I was asphyxiated by the perfume they spray liberally around. It was worth it for the haul – there is an Abercrombie and Fitch in London but it is pound for dollar pricing.

A few other shops covered and even she had had enough, so we took the bags back to the porter, my husband, and followed the crowds down to Pike Street Market. Big fish, big crowds. I love markets, but they are not so much fun when you are just looking (we were not planning to cook up a big fish in the hotel room that doubled as my daughter’s bedroom!). Taking the lift down to sea level, we strolled along the front past the aquarium until we saw lots of tables with sun umbrellas and lunch suddenly seemed like a good idea. I had a half crab – tackling it made me realise how confounded visitors to England must be when faced with a partly dressed (prepared) crab. The UK crab has a great deal of meat in the body, but it is a hard and messy job to extract so that is usually prepared in the kitchen, with whole crab legs (shorter that that I had on my plate) served as well. The UK crab shell is much harder to crack, though the meat comes away very easily. Tuna and halibut continued the fishy dining choices.

Returning, we contemplated the queues at the Space Needle and decided against taking the ride to the top. Dinner was supplied by the deli counter at the very useful supermarket (QFC) about 100 yards from the hotel.

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