Seattle

Last night it rained for the first time in months in Los Angeles. While most of the country suffers with cold and snow we have been lucky to enjoy a relatively sunny winter. I was personally very happy with the rain, even though it only lasted a couple of hours it was a pleasant reminder of what other weather feels like. It also reminded me of the last time I felt truly cold to the bone, which happened to be just about a year ago on our trip to Seattle. I go back to New England every winter and it has been cold, but Seattle last year felt icier than New England had the previous month. Nevertheless, we bundled up and had a lovely weekend there.

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We went with my soon to be brother-in-law and his now fiancée, as we were in town for the Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival where our short ‘Cats in Space,’ was screening. Aside from the festival, the main attraction for us was visiting the Space Needle and the remnants of the Century 21 Exposition from 1962.

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The Seattle Center Armory predates the fair, as can be seen in its Deco look rather than the Mid-Century Modern of the other pavilions.

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After the Space Needle, we were most excited about the Seattle Center Monorail. We were able to take the Monorail near our hotel room making the lack of vehicle that much easier during our stay. Sigh…if only Los Angeles had a monorail for public transportation…if only indeed.

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Our second morning there we headed toward Pike Place (home of the first Starbucks location) to fuel up for our day of sightseeing.

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We found much more at Pike Place than we would have initially expected. The Public Market had a wonderful variety of produce/fish stands and novelty stores – one at which we found a great print of the Seattle World’s Fair poster that we will eventually find a place to hang up in our home.

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We walked through Pioneer Square, past Smith Tower and the original ‘Skid Road.’

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Here is James at the gate of the Chinatown-International District.

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King Street Station was closed to the public, so we could not go inside.

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I could not have been more impressed by the Central Library. It’s a wonderful post modern structure that offers great views and a pleasant atmosphere.

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The waterfront has some great views of the city as well.

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We ended our last night in Seattle by going back to the Space Needle and celebrating the end of the trip and the positive reaction to our short film at the festival. We had a lovely dinner at the Space Needle that night, but unfortunately it was far too foggy to have any view whatsoever. Which brings us back to Los Angeles, and some of the reasons I’m glad to make my home in a sunny city. Seattle, you were wonderful – but I think we can just be friends.

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