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A date with Picasso…

I took my sister and brother-in-law (from Nova Scotia) on an RBB adventure during their recent visit.  Anthony, RBB’s second guest blogger, wrote this post… 

Mary   

Day out in Seattle

A slight chill in the air at 8:15 a.m., as the three of us waited under the brilliant LED lights to board the 8:30 bus at the Lakewood Station terminal. But the sky was brightening fifteen minutes later, and as the bus swung on to the highway we could see the clouds just lifting over the Cascades.

            As we took the off-ramp into Tacoma there were great views of the Tacoma Dome and then, to our right, the Museum of Glass. Even with many new passengers getting on in Tacoma, the bus was only two-thirds full. And it did feel good to pass all those gas stations without once having to think about stopping for gas.

            It was a smooth ride up I-5 in the bus lane, sweeping past hundreds of SUVs and single-occupant sedans in the slow-moving lanes. At 9:35 we were taking the off-ramp to the Busway, running alongside the train tracks.

            The bus stopped briefly by the SODO (south downtown) station then passing SAFECO and QWEST Field to our left. At 9:42, the three of us disembarked at 4

            The bus stopped briefly by the SODO (south downtown) station then passing SAFECO and QWEST Field to our left. At 9:42, the three of us disembarked at 4th Generic Levitra and Union, and quickly did the short walk downhill to the Seattle Art Museum (SAM), admiring the Art Deco and Commercial buildings on our way.

            Thanks to our well-prepared guide Mary, we already had prepaid tickets for the informative Picasso exhibition: an outstanding and probably unrepeatable introduction to one of the twentieth century’s most significant artists, which enthralled us for the next two hours.

            After a leisurely and tasty lunch at Tom Douglas’s new restaurant, “Seatown,” and a stroll through the Pike Place Market (dodging a shower of rain), we found our way back to the great hall of the old Union Train Station (4th and Jackson), a restful place to sit and dry off while waiting for your train. In this hall, you can get what must surely be the most intense espresso anywhere in Seattle, just the thing at 2:45 on a showery afternoon.

            We took the Sounder commuter train back to Lakewood Station ($4.75 for a one-way ticket) leaving at 3:15 and arriving in Tacoma about a quarter after four and Lakewood before 4:30. Total outlay for transit was $7.75 (with an Orca card, it would be less). We all agreed there could be no better way to introduce Canadian visitors to Seattle’s lively cultural scene.

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