Flight to Iceland has been delayed, had to sit and wait at the gate for about 5 hours. So I made some productive use of that time by writing this blog post.
The Space Needle was constructed in 1961 in order to house the 1962 World’s Fair, the slogan of which was “Living in the space age” (as was pointed out to us on several occasions, the design of ‘The Jetsons’ was heavily influenced by the Space Needle). Included in the City Pass was a ticket to go up the Space Needle twice, we chose to go up during the day and then again the following night. It’s not as big as I thought it was (smaller than the Sky Tower) but the design of it and the view of the city and the harbor make it a great thing to do on a nice day. We wandered down and had a look at the revolving restaurant while we were up there as well, very cool concept and would be nice to have a brunch or lunch up there some day.
Next up we went to the Chihuly Glass Exhibition right next to the Space Needle. I’d read in a few places that this is the top attraction in Seattle, but personally I wasn’t overly excited by the idea of it. Boy was I wrong though, simply amazing. These pieces were created by blowing and working with molten glass which then cools solid. It was especially impressive after watching a glass blowing demonstration, seeing the amount of time and skill that is required to make a small vase makes the actual pieces in the exhibition so much more astonishing. I can’t even imagine the amount of passion and effort it would have taken to put some of these exhibits together.
To wrap up this day in the Seattle Center, we paid a visit to the EMP Museum (Experience Music Project). This museum houses several exhibits relating to music and modern culture. Some of my favorite exhibits were the ‘Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic’ and ‘Infinite Worlds of Science Fiction’, both which displayed a huge number of props and videos from my favorite movies.
Our final day in Seattle was probably the coldest yet, although it didn’t rain much the wind had a real bite to it. For lunch we had leftovers from our Himalayan curries the night before, then caught the bus downtown to Pioneer Square. We went on something called Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour, which was a talk about Seattle’s history and a walk through the underground areas that made up the original Seattle. The history behind the city was great, pretty amazing that the city actually flourished after everything that happened. Then walking around the streets afterwards it’s awesome to think that you are actually walking in streets raised up 15 to 30 feet above the ground. Packed under the road is a mix of saw mill pulp, debris from the fire and horse carcasses. And underneath the footpaths are the tunnels that separate the retaining walls of the road and the basements of buildings (originally the ground floor). Well worth going to if you ever visit Seattle.
That’s it for Seattle, heading to Iceland now for 3 nights. Renting car and hoping to do the Golden Circle route at some point. Packing all my winter woolies!