US: Seattle, WA – Glass Views of Underground

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The purple glass squares were set into the pavement to shed light on the city below the city. New Seattle was built on top of old Seattle when a fire destroyed the central business district on June 6, 1889.

US: Seattle, WA – Bird’s Eye View of Seattle

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Birds always have a great view from above. In Seattle, by the waterfront, they can see the Olympic mountains, the Pacific Ocean, the city and sky. 

US: Seattle, WA – Boozy Seattle Fire June 6, 1889

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This pole of newspaper plates reminds us of the Great Seattle Fire which destroyed the entire central business district on June 6, 1889. The fire started in the basement of a downtown building and lasted for less than a day. It quickly spread to the Dietz & Mayer Liquor Store, which exploded, the Crystal Palace Saloon, and the Opera House Saloon. Fueled by alcohol, the entire block from Madison to Marion was on fire and Seattle’s water supply could not cope. You can take a tour of Underground. Seattle as the city was rebuilt on top of the old ruins.

US: Seattle, WA – Architecture in Seattle,WA

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Seattle’s history of architecture styles can sometimes be glimpsed all at once.

US: Seattle, WA – Hammering Man Statue in Seattle

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About a dozen Hammering Man statues can be found around the world. This is the one we found in Seattle, WA. Jonathan Borofsky designed these huge kinetic sculptures as a silhouette a man who has a motorized arm and hammer. In each city they are different sizes but always painted black; They symbolize and celebrate workers all over the world.

US: Seattle, WA – Totem in Seattle

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It’s important to be reminded every so often that we are living on land which belonged to someone else. This totem is down at the waterfront where the Free Seattle walking tours start. That’s the Olympic Mountains in the background.

US: Seattle, WA – An Eye on Seattle

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I think the The London Eye was first. Set up as one of their Millennium Projects, the slow moving ferris wheel gives you a slow moving view of a city. Here we caught a glimpse of it in Seattle down by the waterfront.

US: Seattle, WA – Seattle Views

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With sea, mountains, greenery, and blue skies from so many vantage points, you can see why Seattle has become a place people want to live and visit.

US: Seattle, WA – Strawberry Snack Biringer Farm

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Big smiles all around for the yummy layered strawberry shortcake cup from the Biringer Farm food truck in Seattle. Would be nice to see more of this around other cities.

US: Seattle, WA – Front Windows of Victory Clipper

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You can get great views if you sit in the comfy chairs in the front lounge of the Victoria Clipper as it speeds along from Victoria, BC to Seattle, WA. See if you can spot the iconic Seattle Space Needle on the horizon.