Light rail alone the Jaffa Road, Jerusalem

Light rail along the Jaffa Road, Jerusalem

The modern city of Jerusalem

The modern city of Jerusalem

It was fun to leave the old, walled city of Jerusalem and explore a bit in the modern era!  Audrey and I walked up the Jaffa Road to the Jewish market, Mahane Yehuda.  What a vibrant place!  It reminded me of Seattle’s Pike Place Market, but with more energy.  From there, we wandered, mapless, on the residential streets of the earliest Jewish immigrants to Jerusalem.  There was always something interesting to see, whether people, cats, or architectural elements.

Along the Jaffa Road (these buildings reminded my of New Orleans)

Along the Jaffa Road (these buildings reminded me of New Orleans)

Olive vendor in the Jewish market

Olive vendor in the Jewish market

Tea stall, Mahane Yehuda

Tea stall, Mahane Yehuda

Kippas for sale

Kippas for sale

Mahane Yehuda market, Jerusalem

Mahane Yehuda market, Jerusalem

A peak into the entry way of an apartment in a Jewish residential area

A peak into the entry way of an apartment in a Jewish residential area

Grillwork on window

Grillwork on window

Overflow from a crowded synagogue, Jerusalem

Overflow from a crowded synagogue, Jerusalem

Using a balcony for storage, Jaffa Road, Jerusalem

Using a balcony for storage, Jaffa Road, Jerusalem

Flower vendor at Seattle’s Pike Place Market

It’s always a treat to play tourist in my home town, and yesterday I wandered through the Pike Place Market with my niece and her kids.  The Pike Place Market is open year round, but it is especially colorful right now with so many cut flowers vying for your attention.  The vendors were busy assembling gigantic bouquets for sale at just $10 to $15.

Flower vendor and bucket of peonies

This bouquet was selling for $15

Another vendor’s fresh bouquets

Buckets of lupine and irises

Vendor putting together a bouquet behind an array of glorious poppies

Kerchief camouflaged among the flowers

Flower stall through plastic window

Pike Place Market flower vendors

Fallen sweet peas by the vendors’ stalls

Outdoor dining in Post Alley at the Pike Place Market

After enjoying lunch at Maximus-Minimus in downtown Seattle, I took a stroll through the Pike Place Market.  Here are some photos of my visit:

Vendor selling mini- Tom Thumb donuts

Flower stall with many varieties of vibrantly colored tulips

Flower vendor making up a bouquet

Painted table outside Three Sisters in Post Alley

Chef at Piroshky, Piroshky preparing a new batch for the oven.