I've always found Pike Place Market in Seattle to be magical. I make sure that I at least get a glimpse of it when I'm in the Pacific Northwest. I grew up summering in British Columbia and so I was well acquainted with a summer time market place. When I graduated from college I spent several months living with family in West Seattle...I was floundering....job hunting wasn't nearly as easy as I thought it was and they were kind enough to keep me warm :) Being in Seattle in the fall and winter introduced me to a whole new side of the market. Beneath the street side vendors is a network of curio shops, used bookstores and quaint places to stop for a nibble. This was the first time I had ever seen the market in the spring! Oh My! The Flowers! I had no idea! That being said, I was absolutely unprepared for the throngs of people....it was majorly claustrophobic. It was a gorgeously sunny day - apparently Seattle hadn't seen one of those in awhile - and the sunshine made everyone want to buy flowers (or fish, or veggies)! This was also the first time I had ever taken a camera to the market - Big Bertha (my trusty Nikon D90) did right by me.....I just snapped away!