Day 8: Pike’s Market

07 july 2013 seattle trip36We weren’t going to head to Pike’s Market. I knew it was busy and the kid’s wouldn’t do well in crowds. But Jimmy ended up having a brief last-minute meeting one block from Pike’s Market. So we found a spot to park for $2 (miracle that worked out!). The kids and I walked around for 30 minutes. The flowers were gorgeous! The white nectarine sample was yummy. The kids were disgusted by the fish. The 3 pigs we saw were fun to climb on. Very interesting culture at this market. We found a bathroom (of course!) and then headed on our way to pick up Jimmy to start our long drive home.

Oh – the gum Wall! Gross. But funny to see. Hannah happened to be chewing gum so she added hers to the wall. here’s the history behind it:

The Market Theater Gum Wall is a local landmark in downtown Seattle, in Post Alley under Pike Place Market. The Gum Wall is a brick alleyway wall now covered in used chewing gum. Parts of the wall are covered several inches thick, 15 feet high for 50 feet.

The wall is by the box office for the Market Theater, and the tradition began around 1993 when patrons of Unexpected Productions’ Seattle Theatre-sports stuck gum to the wall and placed coins in the gum blobs. Theater workers scraped the gum away twice, but eventually gave up after market officials deemed the gum wall a tourist attraction around 1999. Some people create small works of art out of gum.

It was named one of the top 5 germiest tourist attractions in 2009, second to the Blarney Stone.

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