Pacific Northwest - Day 1 - Seattle
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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.
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.
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.
More pictures below.