We arrived in Seattle feeling somewhat washed out after starting the day early Wednesday morning and finally arriving some 30 hours later. The city of Seattle is reminiscent of Melbourne – tree lined streets and vibrant – but you can’t get a good coffee for love nor money! Neither of us can rationalise that we are standing in the city of Seattle, home of Nirvana, Frasier and Grey’s Anatomy. Actually, we still cannot believe that we are in the US of A!
Regardless, building owners were eager to capitalize on an economic boom, quickly rebuilt on the old, low, muddy ground where they had been before, unmindful of the fact that their first floor display windows and lobbies soon would become basements because the city also decided to raise the ground level from which its original streets lay. The city was rebuilt using retaining walls, 3 metres or higher, on either side of the old streets. They then filled in the space between the walls, and paved over the fill to effectively raise the streets, making the street one storey higher than the old footpaths that still ran alongside them. You can actually tour the underground city of Seattle – it was very interesting and an amazing feat of engineering for its time.
Seattle has a lot to offer – good food, lovely accommodating people and beautiful surrounds. After completing the must see visits to the Space Needle, Pioneer Square, the waterfront and Pike Place Market (where the fishos throw Salmon over the counters at each other like they are small trout), we ventured to the Boeing factory for some plane spotting. Here we saw the production facility in full swing – 2 completed and 2 partially completed 747s, at least 5 737s and 5 new 787 Dreamliners (including Qantas’ first delivery, complete with the red tail). All this under the one roof. The facility will house 12 eiffel towers (laying down) and each hangar door is the size of one football field.
And sometimes you just see the most extraordinary street side dining options – this sure beats the Dolly’s van in Phillip at midnight…
So, Seattle is definitely a place to include on the visit list. It has a good look and feel about it, especially Pike Place market and is a laid back kind of place. A very pleasant city to sit back and absorb.