Seattle

    I won't say Seattle was an after thought, but it was not somewhere I thought I'd be visiting. When I was working out the trip I knew I would end up on the west coast. I didn't want to be in LA. I'd been to San Francisco and San Jose before, so I had a choice of Seattle or San Diego. I knew people in Seattle, so that's where I went.

    It was nice to meet everyone, Nicky was kind enough to put up with me and show me some of the sights, including Fremont, who I think like to think they're a lot more quirk than they actually are.

    I did all the tourist things. A duck trip (Not as good as Boston's); the Space Needle (very nice view and hordes of people); The Sci-Fi Museum (loved it, all geeks should go, but it is not as big as you hope it is) and an Underground tour.

    The Underground tour was great. If you're there, do one. Witty, informative and very entertaining. Basically Seattle had a mud problem, the solution was to raise the streets. OF course, that took time and you didn't want to build a fancy door at ground level if street level was going to be eight foot up in a few years. So the building owners put in a basic entrance at ground level, then made the first floor the main entrance, so when the roads were raised (up to 14ft in some places) that was where people would enter.

    This left the original entrances underground. The sidewalks were just covered over, so in places its possible to walk along under the sidewalks and its surprisingly nice. I really liked it. The guides know their stuff and seem to have a real passion about what they're telling you.

    Seattle is a nice town, it has a good vibe about it. Lots of hills though and I suspect I might change my opinion in the middle of winter.


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Seattle Harbour
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Pioneer Square
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The Saloon at the start of the Underground Tour
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Fire escapes near Pioneer Square (Yes, they're unique to me)
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Under the sidewalk on 1st Av
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Looking out over Puget sound
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Me in front of Seattle
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Seattle Skyline from the Space Needle
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Looking straight down from the top of the Space Needle.
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The Sci-Fi Museum, Monorail and the Experience Music Project
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Space Needle
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Donatello from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in the Sci-Fi Museum
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This model was used by the animators for Jurassic Park to get dino movements
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A close up of the model
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Model of some Japanese anime robot
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Very fancy music sculpture in the Seattle Music Experience
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The ticket booth is very cool
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Seattle streets
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First Ave. Seattle have nice trees
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Seattle's main gridiron stadium
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And now their baseball stadium
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Gasworks Park
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Seattle skyline from Lake Washington
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Houseboats along the edge of Lake Washington
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The Patches Statue (Late for the Interurban) in Fremont
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Carousel in Seattle Centre
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Pigs will fly!
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Another shot of the Space Needle
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Pike Street Market, watch for flying salmon!
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Now this was a bus with attitude
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Pike Street Market
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The troll under the George Washington Memorial Bridge in Fremont
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Under the George Washington Memorial Bridge
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Fremont thinks its the centre of the universe. Its a small universe though
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