Nadia and I took our annual girls only trip. This year we went to Seattle. I went to Seattle once before about 15 years ago for a tradeshow but I didn't have time to see many of the sites. This time around we totally explored the city. We didn't go far - we stuck close to downtown and the space needle but we explored in depth..
Monday morning: flew out of San Diego at 10:30 and got to Seattle around 4:00. We took the light rail to get downtown. I like the public transportation in Seattle. Cheap and frequent.
Our first adventure was the Underground Tour of Seattle. It was very entertaining and learn a great deal about the history of the city.
The engineers in Seattle decided to raise the ground level quite early on in the town's history. Expensive endeavor, mainly paid for my the "seamstress" tax but really necessary because they had really bad sewage probably due to the tides backing up the sewage pipes and causing frequent crapper explosions.
We were on the original sidewalks underneath the current sidewalks. The engineers build the new sidewalks with these panels inlaid with clear glass so that light would filter through to the lower level. Some of these original panels are still there but overtime the glass turned purple - beautiful.
The city is hilly (not as hilly as SF). Look at this great parking garage in the corner.
Our next stop, the Seattle Great Wheel on the waterfront. Here is a picture of the sunset from our gondola.
We walked to our hotel: The Inn at Queen Anne. Nice little budget hotel. It suited us very nicely because it was adjacent to the Space Needle park. We didn't check in until close to 10pm. Exhausted!
The plan for this morning is to go to iFly Seattle and skydive in a wind tunnel. It's close to the airport, we took the bus.
OMG. The most amazing experience ever! Pictures are coming soon.
After the skydive we made our way back to downtown Seattle and stopped by the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Co. We bought amazing and incredibly rich chocolates and spent the next two days nibbling at them.
Pikes place market next to see the guys throw the fish and something disgusting and neat at the same time: a chewing gum wall!
We made our way to the Space Needle and spent the afternoon in a couple of museums. The Chihuly Glass museum. I've never heard of the guy before but his stuff is beautiful.
Next to the EMP (experience music project) museum for some interactive noise making and other cool stuff.
Finally, time to go up to the top of the space needle. We wanted to go up at sunset and it was gorgeous.
Do you know that the space needle is privately owned?!
A little play in the fountain at night. Nadia got soaking wet. And back in our hotel room. Exhausted again! Snore.
I let Nadia sleep in and I went for a run along the waterfront. Then we went to the science museum. It is impossible for us to skip a science museum or an aquarium.
Great science museum but we only got to spend a couple of hours there. We could have spent a couple more.
Aquarium next. Nadia got told off for sticking her finger into an anemone's rectum. Why do miserable old guys volunteer to work in places with lots of kids?
Nadia the diver.
And the best part ... The sea otters I don't think I've ever met more playful creatures. I want to be a sea otter.
Hermit crab trying to get in his shell.
Weird barnacle creature.
Next stop, narrated harbor cruise. We learned a bit more about Seattle. I like this city.
After the cruise we walked back to the science museum but we only got another 10 minutes before it closed. So we wasted an hour picking out some souvenirs for the boys, went back to the hotel for our backpack, took the monorail and the light rail and got to the airport.
Midnight arrival in San Diego. Walked 30 minutes to the HTH parking lot to get te car and got home after 1 am. We were really tired the next day.
Here are some random pictures. Nadia and I like funny direction signs.
My lovely girl.