A Grand Start to the New Year
January 2nd was an unusually bright-blue-sky and sunny day… a day when you’re grateful to be a resident of the Greater Puget Sound area.
My friend Norma and I caught the Sound Transit 594 bus from the Lakewood Station (exit 125 off Interstate 5) at 10:30. Since we were leaving the driving to someone else, we had lots of time to catch up, laugh, and generally relax. We got off the bus at 4th and Union in downtown Seattle at about 11:45.
Our first agenda item was to eat lunch. Our destination was Cutters Bayhouse, located at the north end of Pike Place Market (2001 Western Avenue; www.cuttersbayhouse.com) We decided our number one priority for lunch was the view… we wanted to capture as much of our glorious sunshine as possible; complete with views of Elliott Bay, Mt. Rainier, AND the Olympic Mountains.
Cutters fits that description. We were seated next to one of their large windows. Norma faced south, towards Mt. Rainier. I faced Northwest to the Olympics. We both had an expansive view of Elliott Bay, Alki Point, and ferry traffic. We both chose one of their Sunday Brunch items… a very tasty seafood scramble, served with potatoes and a side of apple coffeecake. Mimosas were available for $5 Buy Cialis (however, we stuck to coffee!)
After the satisfying breakfast, we strolled back through the bustling Pike Place Market. We certainly weren’t the only sun-starved people in town. There was a happy buzz among the throng.
The main event of the day was to attend the Seattle Symphony concert at the lovely Benaroya Hall. Beethoven’s 9th Symphony (Ode to Joy) was the highlight feature of the program. 2010-11 is the farewell season for Maestro Gerard Schwarz, who has served since 1985 (26 years) as the Music Director of the Seattle Symphony. The Benaroya encompasses an entire city block; flanked by 2nd and 3rd Avenues, between University and Union. We entered the Grand Lobby entrance, at University and 3rd. We thoroughly enjoyed the concert, and plan to return for one of the free Watjen (HUGE 4,490 pipe organ located at Benaroya) Concert Organ Recitals. For more information about the Symphony, Benaroya Hall, or the free organ concerts, see www.seattlesymphony.org/benaroya/tour
After getting our fill of music (while internally humming the familiar “Ode to Joy”), we found our way back to 2nd Avenue, enjoying window shopping and visiting a few unique shops. We caught our return bus on 2nd Avenue, at Pine Street. We were back at the Lakewood Station by 6:00 pm.