My husband and I decided to go downtown today and have lunch at Blueacres. They had a special Dine Around Seattle lunch menu and we enjoyed a delicious lunch ending with a spectacular chocolate mousse. We'll need to walk more than today's 5.3 miles to work it off! We'll also need to return to complete the streets we missed. We concentrated on 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Avenues and left the streets for another day.
The 5.3 miles includes the distance we walked to and from the bus and some time spent scouting around in Macy's and Nordstrom's Rack (we didn't buy anything) and visiting the downtown library.
There were quite a few people walking around and waiting for buses but nowhere near the numbers who are downtown during the summer.
The library was packed (especially the computer center) and is just as impressive on the inside as it is on the outside.
We passed the new City Hall, the Rainier Club, Westlake Mall, the Rainier Tower, Benaroya Hall, the Seattle Art Museum and some interesting sculptures.
We walked to the Pioneer Square Bus Tunnel entrance and took the bus home.
The government and financial district was neither as populated nor as visually interesting as the commercial district but it is a nice, compact downtown and always an invigorating walk (even after eating chocolate mousse).