Trip Start Nov 21, 2010
24Trip End Nov 01, 2014
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Can't say enough about the Hotel Max
Friends had recommended the Underground Tour, Ivar's Seafood, The Crab Pot, and going to the Space Needle and walking through Experience Music Project. I guess we got it all done, AND saw the original Starbucks.
We ate some amazing seafood. At Ivar's the best thing we had was a smoked salmon chowder. It had a smoky flavor with corn and potatoes and was awesome. It's something we decided we needed to try and make once we get to Alaska and can smoke (on our smoker) our own salmon (that we catch). At The Crab Pot we had a seafood boil, "The Pacific Clambake", with lots of crabs, clams, muscles, prawns, corn, potatoes, and sourdough bread. Delicious.
The Underground Tour of the city was about the old pioneer town and how the city was developed from it's early days, when it was located at and below sea level
So, the city was also below sea level in places. They had a huge fire which basically leveled the downtown. After the first they decided they needed to raise the city, but keep foundations at the levels of the existing buildings. So, they took sawdust from the mills just outside of town and moved it to the downtown area along the waters edge. The original city streets were at 39% and more grades, making navigation nearly impossible for walking, let alone horse-drawn carriages. So, they were able to take land and sawdust from the higher portions of town and put it in the lower portions, leveling the city all at once. Anyway, they started with the streets. They built buildings at the original grade, then slowly brought the streets up to the second-story level of the existing buildings, and eventually turned the first floors into basements that were used until the 1970s. (The crazy thing about all of this is that the history of Seattle is so young that these types of things were happening in the 1870s and beyond.) So, buildings were built with a first story completely free of architectural decoration, then the rest of the building would be decorated with stone and brick ornamentation. Then the city built separate foundation walls between the sidewalk edge and the street edge, to build up the roads and leave the sidewalks at original level
We went to the Space Needle too, in hopes of seeing Mt. Rainer. Since it's winter in Washington, it was raining and cloudy, so we couldn't see much. Still a very cool view of the city. Plus, Santa was there for photos! He was all decked out in space-aged garb...so we didn't partake. Experience Music Project is also on the same site as the Space Needle, so we walked through there. Frank Gehry designs some weird stuff. I guess it's 'cool', but there was so much going on it was like sensory overload. And the building was iridescent, which I had no idea about. It was a little much if you ask me, but I'm sure it's done wonderful things for the city of Seattle and music, and whatever else is housed there. It was certainly an experience (pun intended).
(I've got a few Space Needle photos, but they're going to have to come later...it's bedtime and I've been doing this for about 4 hours now. Goodnight!)