A few weeks ago I took a trip to Seattle for business. It was the first time I had been there in over 20 years. I lived there for almost 2 years and fell in love with the city. A lot has changed in those 20 plus years. I had lots of new sites to see. Unfortunately I packed light because it was a quick trip and did not bring my camera with me. So, for this post the pictures will all be from my cell phone, which does take some nice pictures.
My first stop after business was finished was the EMP Museum which opened in 2000 at Seattle Center. The building itself is amazing, designed by Frank O Gehry, the outside is made of aluminum and stainless steel shingles.
Pictures were not allowed in most places in the museum so I don't have many to share. Here is one from a great exhibit, What's up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones. I loved this exhibit with all it's TVs with cartoons I watched on Saturday mornings growing up. I miss seeing them on TV. You could just sit and watch for as long as you wanted.
It's definitely a museum worth spending a few hours visiting. From Star Wars to horror film to Jimi Hendrix there is something for everyone.
My next stop was the Seattle Great Wheel which opened in 2012. The views of the city and waterfront are great. The gondolas are nice and climate controlled since they are enclosed.
I met up with a friend who was nice enough to play tourist with me. After going on the Great Wheel we walked through downtown and visited the Pike Place Market. No trip to Seattle is complete without seeing it. Fresh produce and flowers are everywhere but don't forget to see the fish market. The lively fishmongers are always fun to watch.
We took the monorail to Seattle Center. I had heard about Chihuly Gardens and Glass so we decided to check it out. We were not disappointed.
Chihuly Gardens and Glass is a beautiful exhibit of Dale Chihuly's glass works. I entered the exhibit expecting some pieces on stands scattered throughout rooms like an art museum. I was blown away by the pieces and the way they were displayed. Pictures do not do this justice, it needs to experienced firsthand.
I can't even imagine the hours it took to create these magnificent pieces and the care that went into building these displays.
My suggestion would be to get a city pass which gets you into 5 different sites and saves money. If I had time I would have done it this way. It includes 2 visits to the Space Needle, which is another site not to be missed.
If you have children with you, the Seattle Aquarium and Woodland Park Zoo as well as the Pacific Science Center are included in your city passes. All great ways to spend a day.
I am really looking forward to my next visit to my favorite city so that I can explore more of the sites I knew so well way back when.