The Space Needle is definitely the most recognizable landmark in Seattle. The Needle was built in 1982 1962 (Helena pointed out that the Needle was built in 1962, not 1982. Amazing, over 40 years old!) as the central showcase of the Expo. We had been up on the Space Needle before and so did not go up there again on this trip.
At the Seattle Centre (where the Space Needle is located), there is a dome shaped fountain called the International Fountain. It was a pretty hot day and there were a lot of people cooling off near the fountain.
No visit to Seattle is complete with making a visit the Pike Place Market. This is the place where the first Starbucks shop was opened. We tried looking for it in the Market but could not find it. We found one across the street but I don’t think it’s the original one. Do you know where that original Starbucks is?
The purple coloured cauliflower caught our attention.
There were all kinds of stalls selling fruits, jam, food, crafts, flowers of all kinds.
Pike Place Market is perhaps most famous for their seafood. The Lobsters below were really big. I think it’s $20 per lb!
The Alaskan King Crab were huge … about two feet long. We have never tried this before but would be fun to try cooking it at home. Anyone has any idea how this is normally eaten? The sign sak=ys that they’re pre-cooked … do you eat it just like that?
One of the major attraction of the Pike Market is the Pike Place Fish located just right in front of the main entrance. This is where the employees throw fishes around instead of pass it by hand. There are a lot of tourists milling around with cameras to catch them in action. There were too many people and I did not get a chance to get a shot of the fish throwing.
Seattle is also a major cruise port serving tours to Alaska. Seattle has been steadily taking more cruise ships than Vancouver over the past few years. Seattle is also known as the Gateway to Alaska.
We got this shot from the Gasworks park. This is about the best view of the city skyline across Lake Union.
The Space Needle again … from Gasworks Park.
Oh yeah, we also went to the Experiment Music Project and the Science Fiction Museum. Gosh, that was a complete waste of money if you ask me. It costs $93 for the entrance and they don’t even have exhibits of the Beatles, Elvis Presley, Sam Hui, Bee Gees, Barry Manilow and all my favourite singers!! If you like Jimi Hendrix, go … otherwise, spend your money else where!