Seattle’s Madison Park neighborhood
Another time of the sun shining on us and our having a marvelous journey!
Madison Park is a lovely place, right on the shore of Lake Washington, and blessed with stately homes and cute boutiques.
The Madison Park neighborhood in Seattle is tucked away…from downtown, up and over bustling Capitol Hill, past the Washington Park Arboretum… and there you are! The bus trip from downtown is interesting, you pass through mini-shopping and residential areas, Seattle Community College, and the exclusive Broadmoor gated community. A huge variety of landscape and people.
Our one lone male on this trip, the adventurous Richard, got off the bus at Lake Washington Boulevard, so he could explore the beautiful Arboretum and the Japanese Tea Garden. (Watch for his pictures in a future post). The rest of us stayed on the bus until we arrived at the Madison Park.
By this time, we were all ready for lunch. Two of the Rebels decided to try the Cactus restaurant; one of their many locations is right there in Madison Park! The rest of us ate at the ever popular “Bings”. The restaurant is fairly small, but we readily found places to sit. The menu prides itself on local, fresh ingredients. We all enjoyed our meals…Carol’s roasted Brussels sprouts were especially delicious!
Next, we browsed through some of the small shops along the block. As the sun and blue sky was making an appearance, we wandered across the block to the Madison Park itself. The park boasts of over 200 feet of Lake Washington waterfront. To our delight, a family of geese were waddling along, and taking a dip in the Lake. The gooslings were very young, lots of fuzzy non-quite-yet feathers.
To make the best connections for our return home, we had about 45 minutes in downtown Seattle. Most of us decided to stroll through the every-popular-people-watching Pike Place Market. Yes, the fish were being tossed. The flowers were spectacular… the peonies were at their peak of perfection. We tried a wonderfully sweet Taylor Gold pear. Yum. Melted in your mouth!
Heading back towards our bus stop, some of us dropped in to Penzey spices; a great place for wonderful smells, even if you aren’t looking to buy!
Our bus rides home were uneventful… we didn’t even have to pay attention to the traffic, since we left the driving to the professionals!
Don’t forget that the specific directions for this trip are found in the “trip directions” page (column on the right).
Thanks for another great day!