Day Five in Seattle: Pike Place Market

9 08 2010

We tried to go to the Kurt Cobain exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum, but alas, the SAM is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. We’ll try again later in the week. Meanwhile, having discovered ourselves barred at the museum door, we marched up the block to Pike Place Market.

Let the photo frenzy begin.

Main entrance on Pike Place.

Famous fish market just inside the main entrance.

Love the architecture!

Peeling ads.

Random lady. I liked her red hat and flowers.

Pineapples and mangoes.

Market Sparrow.

Peppers.

Flower boxes adorn much of the the roof line.

More iconic signage.

Seattle = coffee.

Piroshky piroshky

Curtis modeling frames at Market Optical Inc.

Sunflowers.

Love the colors.

Love the signs.

Actually, I love pretty much everything about the market. I don’t know how many times I’ve been there, but I never get tired of the sumptuous feast for the senses and the photographer’s lens. Sorry if I went a bit overboard here, but — to put a slight twist on an Anne Shirley quote, “If you knew how many other photos I took and wanted to post, but didn’t, you’d give me some credit.”

Thanks for understanding. See you tomorrow . . .

Love, Jeanne-with-an-e


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10 08 2010
Glynn

I’ve never beent o seattle, but Seattle once came to me. I was at a conference in Baton Rouge, and one night the after-dinner motivational “speech” was by the crowd at Pike Place Fish. Part of the event was to pass a raw (and dead, thankfully) fish from one person to the next. About 200 people passed that fish around.

And some people might accuse you of slyly slipping in a photo of your grandbaby, but we grandparents know better.

10 08 2010
photographyfree4all

Great shots! I loved the signs, too! Great post.

10 08 2010
ybawany

Wow Jeanne. Great photos. Never been to Seattle but what caught my eye was the name of the market. It’s the Fish Philosophy’s source of inspiration; corporate trainings can be fun at times. 😉

10 08 2010
jeannedamoff

Thanks! I heard about the Fish Philosophy only recently. The workers definitely have fun at Pike Place Fish, and there’s always a mob standing around with cameras. I had to weasel my way in to get a shot that wasn’t mostly the backs of other people.

10 08 2010
Raul

Great pictures…thanks for the view through your eyes…I enjoyed it!

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10 08 2010
sarahnsh

I’d love to go to Seattle just because it’s such a great place for coffee, even though I am not a huge coffee drinker. I love the photos you shared and the signs are very cool and the colors are great, especially with the flowers.

10 08 2010
reistatiana

Hi, I did an interexchangle program in seattle last year and just loved your photos, made me miss seattle, i live in brazil. Bye

10 08 2010
jeannedamoff

Obrigado, reistatiana. Eu estou contente você gosto das fotos. 🙂

10 08 2010
Dan Wade

Love your pics! Great eye for detail and colour.

http://danjswade.wordpress.com

10 08 2010
Christy aka Mamarazzi

I went to Seattle around 10 years ago and visited the farmers Market and I loved it. Wish I had my camera with me at that time, I would have gone crazy too! Thanks for posting!

10 08 2010
BakeryBoyBlog

Nice shots of Pike Place. Did you happen to shoot anything at the French bakery there called Le Panier? I worked as a baker in that shop for a couple of years starting 25 years ago and really enjoyed being a part of the Pike Place Market scene. Lately I have been looking for images of Le Panier now that I live on the other side of the country (where I blog about bakeries!)

10 08 2010
jeannedamoff

Wow. I wish I had a photo I could send you. We actually entered the market from a side street where there was a sandwich board sign advertising Le Panier, and I came *this* close to photographing the sign. If we go back before we leave town, I’ll be sure to get several shots for you.

10 08 2010
Olivia

Nice Pics.. Congratulations

10 08 2010
dancing architect

I like the pictures, wish I could also visit Seattle someday…

10 08 2010
Martin

I am from Seattle, I was just on my my R&R Leave from Afghanistan and took a visit to the good ‘ol Pike Place Market one Saturday morning. It SCREAMS Seattle, and never gets boring. I’ve been there countless times as well, you can’t help but be overwhelmed by the excitement in the air. Thanks for the amazing pictures that remind me home, I’ll be there soon!!! Again, great pictures! 🙂

10 08 2010
Tara Aarness

Hey Martin,

From one Seattle-ite to another, thanks for defending our country and stay safe. We’ll keep the coffee hot for ya when you get home.

10 08 2010
jeannedamoff

Thank YOU, Martin! I’m honored to remind you of home. Thanks for your service to our country. Come home safe!

10 08 2010
lifeintheboomerlane

Love your post and your photos!!! My son and daughter-in-law live in Seattle, and Pike Place Market is always a stop on my visits. I’m always blown away by the profusion of flowers available at such low prices. And the food… It’s a special place, indeed.

10 08 2010
jeannedamoff

We’re almost twins! 🙂 My daughter, son-in-law (glasses model), and grandbaby (market Sparrow) live here. We love Seattle and come as often as we can.

10 08 2010
CrystalSpins

Beautiful. I adore all of you folks who can take a great photo — I am not one of you.

Crystal
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10 08 2010
T. Caine

I’ve only been to Pie Place Market once when visiting Seattle, but it was a great time. It has the same richness as Quincy Market in Boston or the Union Square Farmer’s market in NYC. All are a great source for sustainable food. Highly recommended!

10 08 2010
gringation

Congrats on being Freshly Pressed!! I really love the hanging peppers 🙂 Everything there looks so colorful!

10 08 2010
Todd Pack

Great pictures (I love the signs, too)! I wish I’d seen them after work, though, because now I’m gonna be distracted all day thinking about when I can get to Seattle.

Todd
http://toddpack.com

10 08 2010
gabnc1005

I have lived in this area… my brother and most of my mother’s family still lives here and your pix truly make me miss Seattle even more…. 🙂 I want to squeeze the Market Sparrow’s cheeks; eat piroshky, and display the sunflowers on my table! 🙂 Thanks for the great pix and I for one would not have complained if you had posted more. 🙂
~gabnc1005

10 08 2010
jeannedamoff

Thanks! We adore Seattle. And I must concur that the Sparrow’s cheeks are very squeezable. 🙂

10 08 2010
miraclemama

Loved the pictures. I used to live in Olympia and I’ve always thought Seattle was my fave city by far.

10 08 2010
sayitinasong

Fabulous shots… really brought the market to life to someone like me who has never been there!

10 08 2010
onsundaymorning

I live in Seattle and the market never gets old for me. We take everyone who comes to town there. However before I moved here I stayed at the Green Tortoise Hostel (on the same block as the market) and had a wonderful view of the activities there all day and night since my bunk was right next to the window. I think it was a part of what made me fall in love with the city.

10 08 2010
poetryorpoo

Lovely pictures Jeanne!
Two and a half pounds of good karma to you if you will post more around-town Seattle shots. I wish I could be there!

10 08 2010
desertventure

I was in the market yesterday. I love going there! Your pictures are wonderful. Imagine if we could do scratch and sniff on your photos! There are so many people milling it is a miracle you got all those wonderful clear shots!

10 08 2010
melissa from the blue house

Love, love, love the pictures… post all you want, they’re gorgeous!

10 08 2010
courbebleue

Beautiful pictures, I went to this market in 2002, It was amazing !! some guys were doing a show throwing at each others these big fishs at the fish market. And all these little shops inside with antiques… I would have stayed longer !

10 08 2010
Kim

Wow, what beautiful photography. I want to put those sunflowers on my wall!

10 08 2010
Patricia (Pollywog Creek)

Not to many photos for me, Jeanne. I’ve never been to Seattle, but I think I would love it – beginning with the opportunity to wear a hoodie and scarf in August. XOX

10 08 2010
rosslongaz

I’m originally from Washington…haven’t been back in a while – these photos make me miss it a little bit!

Congrats on making Freshly Pressed.

;]

10 08 2010
bloomingintotoday

Man! These photos make me want to MOVE there! 🙂

10 08 2010
Tara Aarness

Born and bred Seattle-ite, the Market is a crazy place that holds a place in many hearts. By far my fav. thing to do there, though, is to wander through, then sit in Le Panier with a cup of coffee and pastry, and people watch. The city holds so many great things to do, such as ride on the worlds largest mosiquito fleet (our ferry system), the EMP and Science Center, saying hi to the Troll in Freemont, or getting out of the city and exploring our rain forest, beaches, and desert. Thanks for the great shots of one of the best loved icons.

10 08 2010
jeannedamoff

I agree, Tara! No better place for people watching than Seattle. I’ve never lived here, but my daughter has since 2001, so I’ve visited many times. It’s the best of all worlds — water, mountains, and the many cultural advantages of a big city. Now that we have a grandbaby here, the pull is almost irresistible. We may be Seattle-ites before too long ourselves. 🙂

10 08 2010
leyla

I love that fish market! Did you get to see them throwing fish? Isn’t that hilarious?

10 08 2010
mylifeonrepeat

I really love these photos. Seattle is #1 on my list of cities to visit one day and I’ve done so much research on the place that it’s quite ridiculous. What kind of camera do you use? I have been into photography for seven years and just got the Canon Rebel (after suffering with an old 35mm Canon film for six and a half of those years), but I can never seem to take a crisp photo such as yours. The colors in your photos of Pike Place Market just jumped out. Love it!

10 08 2010
clairela

awesome photos! love it

10 08 2010
miamimassage

Gorgeous. I just loved the hanging peppers and the roof box flowers. You really captured the feel of the market.

10 08 2010
jeannedamoff

I’m honored to be featured on Freshly Pressed today. Thanks for stopping by and for all the lovely comments! You’re welcome back any time.

We’re about to head to Westlake Center, where Curtis and Grace will be performing as part of Seattle’s Summer Busking program. I’ll be back later to moderate comments and post more Seattle photos. Until then, have a beautiful day!

10 08 2010
Jessie Spielvogel

I have a serious embarrassingly huge obsession with farmer’s markets. Love this!

10 08 2010
She.Is.Just.A.Rat

Seattle has always been a city I’ve wanted to see…and perhaps one day I’ll actually make it there. While I admit, the fish market is not particularly high on my list of places to visit, the market definitely would be. Your pictures are so vivid, and if I never make it there, at least I have a taste of it…

10 08 2010
natinanorton

Great photos and congrats on Freshly Pressed!

Anytime I come home to Seattle, the Pike Place Market is one of the first things on my list to visit. It’s so beautiful, colourful, welcoming; so Seattle. It’s one of my favorite places in the whole world.

Hope you manage to get into SAM and be sure to check out the monorail too. I was shocked to find out recently that it’s only $2 each way! It’s a short ride (someday hopefully it’ll go more than a mile), but a nice way to see the city – sans the EMP eye sore of course. 🙂

Natina

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10 08 2010
wetzelphoto

Great place, We went to Pike’s place market while we were on vacation in Seattle, I love it and you images brought back fond memories!

10 08 2010
Krystn

i really want to go to seattle and see Pike’s Place (among other sites)… I love all your pictures! they’re probably the same things that I’d be snapping pictures of! 🙂

10 08 2010
playerpianosara

I used to work at Starbucks and one of their regular coffees is called “Pike Place” because that’s where it started apparently, so it was cool to see what Pike Place Market actually looks like. Beautiful pictures!
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10 08 2010
kingkabuz

Love the photos! It looks so colorful and fun! I’d suggest to check out the Experience Music Project which is next to the sci-fi hall of fame. Its awesome and a lot of cool Jimi Hendrix stuff. Plus the sci-fi stuff is totally gnarly!

happy trails and hope the weather turns sunny!

10 08 2010
Dave

Onlyb een to Seattle about 4 times but LOVE it! The fish market’s “feel” is captured by your vibrant, “moments” and diverse pictures. Congrats and thank you so much for sharing!

10 08 2010
vicbowling

I like your photographs a lot! You have a way of picking out nice colorful subjects and framing them well. I especially like the lady in the red hat and the sunflower image. Nice. I really like the fish at the market there but I always have to remember to purchase a new refrigerator water filter when I buy fish or the ol’ kitchen and fridge starts to smell a little rank.

10 08 2010
Kris

Thanks for reviving some great memories. I used to live across The Puget Sound from Seattle, and I would often take the ferry across to spend the day at Pike Place Market.

10 08 2010
Carey Hall Waldrop

Hi Jeanne with an e! My name is Carey and it seems we have a lot in common, including Jesus! I just started a blog about travel, culture, cuisine and good memories. I loved your colorful pics…seeing them takes me right back to one of my favorite markets in the world, Pikes Place. Have you ever been to Granville Island in Vancouver? I recently wrote a post about a farmer’s market in LA area (where I currently live). If you have any blog advice, I’d love to hear it as I’m new on the blogosphere!

11 08 2010
jeannedamoff

Hi, Carey. Nice to meet you. I haven’t been to Granville Island. My son went to school for a year and a half in Vancouver, so maybe he has. Your blog sounds interesting. I don’t know if I’m the best person to offer advice, though. I enjoy blogging, but I’m not very consistent. I guess I’d just say have fun with it. 🙂

10 08 2010
Jordan Spencer Cunningham

I love Seattle. I love Pike’s Place Market. And I love Anne Shirley. Your post wins for today.

10 08 2010
pseudohaikumary

I got sick off some strange Chinese vegetables I bought at Pike Place once. Other than that, it was a pleasant experience.

Pseudohaikumary

10 08 2010
Brooke

Love, love, love Pike’s Place! So vibrant…the colors there are just as saturated as the pictures suggest. So much ‘scope for the imagination,’ as our friend Anne would say. 😉

11 08 2010
jeannedamoff

Yes! “Scope for the imagination” indeed. 🙂

10 08 2010
Paul

Wow – I’ve lived in Seattle for over 30 years and never really noticed the Pike Place Market columns… until now. Thanks for the great post.

11 08 2010
jeannedamoff

Thanks for telling me, Paul! I love the idea that my photography introduced you to something in your own city. That’s one of my favorite things about photography. It distills the big picture into individual frames and makes me notice so much more around me. 🙂

10 08 2010
lifebyjones

I love your photojournalist style of photography!

10 08 2010
Sam

I love your photos! If you have time, you should check out the art walk at capitol hill this thursday.

http://www.blitzcapitolhill.com/

Have fun!

~Sam

11 08 2010
jeannedamoff

Thanks! I didn’t realize the Art Walk was this week. We’ll try to do that!

11 08 2010
vijay

Loved those pics. ..
Awaiting stuff about the great Cobain.

11 08 2010
nugschillinandgrindage

great pictures…but there are soooo many off the beaten “usual” track… that are amazing sites! pike and space needle are all well and good but…hoof it for a day and just explore!

12 08 2010
mercyhn

Hello, a Seattletonian here! Love your pictures of the Pike Place. Did anybody show you the gum wall at Pike Place? If you have time, you should go up to Mt. Rainier. It’s a sight to see. Anywho, have a great trip!

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12 08 2010
A

Great pics, love the fact that you didn’t get any of the infamous coffee shop round the corner! 🙂

http://aisat.wordpress.com

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