Pacific Northwest - Day 1 - Seattle

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The Space Needle, as seen from ground level

I have seen quite a lot of the US, yet there are always places that can be added to the collection. The Northwest corner of the US was still a rather blank spot on my map. The closest I had come so far had been on my way back from Alaska when I had changed planes Seattle-Tacoma Airport (see here). It was now time to see what it looked like outside.

I left my apartment early and headed for JFK Airport to catch the 9:30 am flight to Seattle. Delta Airlines flew me there in about 6 hours. At the baggage claim I encountered Stephan who would join me on the journey. He had just flown in on a direct flight from Amsterdam so he looked a bit tired, or as he later explained it; he suffered from holes in the road.....

We picked up our rental car, an almost brand new Toyota with just 225 miles on the odometer! Since it was only noon we did not head for our hotel but made our way to the big city, Seattle.

The high rises of Seattle, as seen from the Space Needle
Seattle is estimated the 22nd city of the USA, with a population of about 634,535 people about the same size as Rotterdam in Netherlands. Like Rotterdam Seattle is an important port. Three very famous products of current Seattle are Starbucks, Microsoft, and Boeing.

Since we did not have much time we had selected two highlights of the city, the Space Needle, and Pike Place Market.
The Space Needle is the Eiffel Tower of Seattle. It was once the eye-catcher of the 1962 Century 21 Exposition (the Seattle Word Fair) which still remains and operates. Seattle beat New York City twice here. The World Fair was profitable, where New York's 1964 World Fair made a loss, and unlike New York, where the "eye-catcher", the NY State Pavilion, is deteriorating (see here), Seattle managed to save the icon.

The EMP Museum
 The tower, once the tallest west of the Mississippi, is with 184.41 meters (605.0 ft) tot the top and a top floor at 158.12 meters (518.8 ft) actually not that high. The Stratosphere Tower in Vegas is way taller (350 meters / 1148 ft). The views were still exciting! And we were lucky to have nice sunny weather.
Back on ground level we walked for a few minutes along the beautiful EMP Museum buildings. The building reminded me of the Bilbao Guggenheim Museum, and is in fact created by the same architect (Frank Gehry). The EMP Museum was co-sponsored by Paul Allan of Microsoft. If your PC runs Windows7 have a look at the wallpaper library and you'll find a huge selection of pictures of this great building!

The second event was Pike Place Market, opened in 1907, one of the oldest continuously operating farmers markets in the US.

Pike Place Market
With 10 million visitors annually one of the biggest attractions in the city. The market is located on the edge of a steep hill in a beautiful old venue. One finds a bit of everything; fish, vegetables, fruits, restaurants, art, gifts, books, etc. All merchandise is displayed in a very attractive way. The atmosphere is great. Opposite the market one can visit the first Starbucks Coffee establishment. More than 20,000 would follow in 62 countries.

More pictures below.


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The Space Needle, as seen from gro…
The Space Needle, as seen from gr…
The high rises of Seattle, as seen…
The high rises of Seattle, as see…
The EMP Museum
The EMP Museum
Pike Place Market
Pike Place Market
Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park
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The Cascades south of North Casca…
The Space Needle, as seen from gro…
The Space Needle, as seen from gr…
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North Seattle, as seen from the S…
The buildins of the EMP Museum, as…
The buildins of the EMP Museum, a…
The EMP Museum
The EMP Museum
The EMP Museum and Space Needle
The EMP Museum and Space Needle
The EMP Museum
The EMP Museum
The EMP Museum
The EMP Museum
The EMP Museum
The EMP Museum
The EMP Museum and Space Needle
The EMP Museum and Space Needle
The EMP Museum
The EMP Museum
A local (fake ?) totem
A local (fake ?) totem
Pike Place Market
Pike Place Market
Pike Place Market
Pike Place Market
Pike Place Market
Pike Place Market
Pike Place Market
Pike Place Market
Pike Place Market
Pike Place Market
My flight from JFK to Seattle
My flight from JFK to Seattle
The journey ahead of us. From Seat…
The journey ahead of us. From Sea…
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photo by: diisha392