Wandering around cities
Wandering Around Chinatown
I really like Chinatown. Helen and have
favorite haunts for breakfast or buying groceries. We had an
afternoon free so we decided to go for a walk around the neighborhood
before we picked up steamed buns.
Wandering around, we were a little sad for the
neighborhood. The city really is marching towards chinatown and
I'm not sure how much longer the land can stay as it is. To make
matters worse, many of the workers in Chinatown are older than average
for retail and I suspect their core clients are going the same
way. Eventually the demographics will erode the
We were reminded that if you want to
keep a neighborhood, you need to patronize it.
Seattle for the Weekend
Helen and I had a free weekend so we decided to make a go down to
Seattle for the weekend to visit friends. Turns out it was
American Thanksgiving weekend so shopping was a little more crazy than
usual. We tried to mix going outside with shopping so I got a bit
of time to take photos.
Amenda has a photo of Snoqualmie falls on her
fridge. I did a bit of searching on the internet and found out it
isn't that far from Seattle - about 25 miles East on I-90. We
drove out and found the Lodge no problem - lots of parking. There
are nice vantage points all fenced in and tourists everywhere snapping
photos. A few surprises - the falls have a large power plant next
to them so you really want a view that minimizes the plant. The
falls are hidden from the sun well before sunset. If you are
looking for a "good" shot, you are in for some hiking and the hiking
trails weren't obvious, but they are there.
Pike Place Public Market is a favorite market for
me. I have taken way more photos in this market than I have at
Granville Island - the Vancouver equivilant. There are a number
of vendors selling photos in the market which gives you a little kick
to do a better job yourself.
Compared to Granville Island, Pike Place is more of a
tourist destination and less of a real shopping destination. I
sometimes feel bad for the vendors - lots of tourists taking photos,
almost no customers. Perhaps there are better times, but I can't
say I've ever seen a crowd of people carrying groceries.
Another Seattle favorite for me is Elliot Bay
usually print the prices in US and Canadian dollars on them so when the
Canadian dollar gets strong it's like all the books in the US go on
sale. Elliot Bay is in the pioneer square area which has some
beautiful old architecture.
A final new place for me - Discovery Park / Fort
Lawton. This park used to be a military base and is now a city
park. It's big - we hiked for at least 5 km. There are
great views of Bainbridge island across Puget Sound. We were a
little disappointed to find the lighthouse was undergoing repairs and
was completly scaffolded/tented when we visted. Oh well - a good
reason to come back!
Thanks for having us over Amenda!
Tags: Vancouver Chinatown(6), Seattle(5), market(4), neon(2), produce(2), street photography(1)
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