Have you ever been to Seattle? I know it’s in the US, but it’s really worth the effort if you’re in the neighbourhood.
We had an unusual tour around the city and actually ON the lake in a converted WWII DUKW. They give you a plastic bill-shaped duck caller, and encourage you to “quack” the public at every red light. Very non-British behaviour, but fun if you have young kids or are slightly drunk and don’t give a fig.
Other things of note are the Space Needle obviously, which has a disconcertingly large gap between the lift and the main viewing platform (at least it seems that way if you suffer from vertigo), and la piece de resistance… Pike Place Market. This is a piece of pure theatre and well worth a few frames if you’re carrying a camera, or are comfortable stealing one from a passing tourist.
They delight their public by literally throwing fish around (the fish didn’t seem to mind when I was there), as well as the cash in payment and any subsequent change. The transfer of the latter was rendered more efficient by placing the same in a tennis ball with a slit, to limit the chance of it taking a non-optimal trajectory. When I last visited, they were tormenting young children, by having the large mouth of some particularly ugly flat fish rigged with a fine filament, so that when a child was looking at the fish, it could be made to gape in response. All good clean, well-iced fun, and worth a short stop-over in anyone’s itinerary.
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Just up the street is REI for the more active amongst my ever-expanding readership, as well as street music outside one of the many Starbucks emporiums.
Last time I was there I got to stay in the Hyatt, but I see there are actually a number of them in the city, so I couldn’t swear which it was.
Of course, it’s not a patch on Vancouver BC, but it’s not bad in a post-colonial, wannabe, kind of way! ;)