Pike Place Market and the Space Needle

Trip Start Mar 02, 2011
Trip End Oct 14, 2011

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Travelodge Sea-Tac Airport North Seattle
Read my review - 2/5 stars

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Friday, August 19, 2011

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My first stop today was Pike Place Market.  It's a large market, partially indoor and partially just under a roof, with a large variety of vendors near the water in downtown Seattle.  I had gotten the impression that it was predominately a fish market but that turned out to be wrong.  Every time I've seen a story about the market they've mentioned the fish tossing, which gave me the wrong impression.  It turns out there is only one booth where they toss the fish. 

I wandered around in the Market and the shops in the surrounding neighborhood for several hours.  There are lots of colorful displays of food, jewelry, flowers and other items for sale that made for some interesting photographic subjects.

I then headed for the Seattle Center, site of the 1962 World's Fair also known as the Century 21 Exposition.  There were two attractions there that I was interested in seeing.  One used to be known as the Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame (EMP/SFM) but, apparently, the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame no longer exists and their exhibits are now part of the Experience Music Project so it is now just the EMP.  The other attraction is the Space Needle. 

I first wandered around the outside of the EMP building.  It was designed by Frank Gehry and has his trademark metal exterior although this one is much more colorful than the others I've seen.  It features silver, gold, blue, red and purple tiles.  I enjoy photographing Gehry buildings including this one and I certainly find the look interesting but I don't know that I'd say I find it attractive.

I then went to the Space Needle.  It used to be the tallest structure in Seattle at 605 feet.  It is now the sixth tallest structure in town.  While some views make it look rather small compared to the buildings in the center of town, it's quite large when you're standing near it or 520 feet up on the observation deck.

I was interested in getting pictures just after sunset when the sky still had some blue in it and the lights in the buildings were turned on.  That seemed like a good plan.  It was a clear day with Mt. Rainier visible in the distance and I was there before sunset.  But when sunset arrived and the sky started to darken hardly any lights came on.  Sunset isn't until around 8:45 this time of year and the office workers in most of the buildings downtown had all gone home so there was no need to turn on any lights.  I guess my idea only works in the winter when sunset is during the work day.
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