This past weekend four of us went to Seattle for three days. We caught the Greyhound bus from Vancouver at 6am Friday, arriving at Everett late morning. Everett is about an hour north of Seattle. From the bus station, we took a further two buses to finally arrive at the Seattle Premium Outlets. The outlets have the following shops Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Burberry, Coach and Nike just to name a few! We spent most of the day here and then caught the bus into Seattle. By this time it was dark, so we could see all the city lights as we drove in, very pretty! Our hostel was located in the International District, which is pretty much Chinatown. It was very basic and cosy (four of us in one small room, two bunks), however it is all we needed. That night we walked into downtown and had dinner at a Thai restaurant. The weather was freezing however!!
|Downtown at night|
|Pike Place Market at night.|
|The first Starbucks! Notice the logo is slightly different.|
|A massive line outside the original Starbucks, and some greyhounds looking for adoption.|
|Fish at the market|
|View from outside market|
|Traditional musicians at Seattle Centre|
|Outside of EMP museum|
|The price! Just kidding, I wish.|
|The exterior of the College Inn|
We then set off to the neighbourhood of Capital Hill via bus. This area was full of really nice houses and had a main street also consisting of shops and cafes. However as we were there on a Sunday morning, many places were closed. This area reminded me of the suburb Toorak in Melbourne.
|A set of holiday apartments in Capital Hill, very cute!|
|Original Nirvana photos and posters|
|The guitar Kurt Cobain played the first time "Smells Like Teen Spirit" |
was played in public, and for many shows after that.
|There was also an exhibition of Leather Jackets. |
This outfit was worn by Fergie (from Black Eyed Peas) in 2010.
How are those hot pants?!
|More intricate leather jackets from history|
|Me being a biker|
|A wall of what music means to people.|
|Alice and Ziyad rocking out in the Jam Room|
|Charlotte on drums!|
|Large photo of Kurt Cobain as long as the stairs.|
|There was a horror exhibition also, |
this photo was taken in the scream booth.
|Old directional sign|
This tour was very interesting and explained how when Seattle was originally built, the pioneers didn't realize they were located on tide flats. Which meant the city got flooded every afternoon!! To add to this, their system for sewage was less than sophisticated, so you can imagine the results; sewage flows to the sea, the sea comes back in and floods the city daily! Gross!! Then occurred the Great Seattle Fire which burnt the city to the ground in less than 12 hours, a blessing in disguise as it meant they could start over. The city councillors had an 8-10 year plan to raise the entire city above sea level. However, the merchants needed to continue trading so they built shops back at existing sea level. As a result, the shops were at sea level, so were the sidewalks, but the streets were between eight to thirty feet above! Which meant to reach the sidewalk you had to go down a ladder off the edge of the street. Eventually after a few too many drunken falls and deaths, the city councillors built wooden 'bridges' at street level, which were the new sidewalks above the existing old ones below. The gap between the old and the new sidewalks had never been filled in and therefore resulted in the 'tunnel' systems below Pioneer Square today.
Nowadays they are used as storage for the shops above, or in some cases businesses have leased the space off the council and are used for small bars below their restaurants. Similar to a basement, yet in an underground sidewalk!!
Early in the city's history the tunnels became rampant with disease from rats arriving on ships with fleas. In an effort to stop the problem, the city council condemned the underground tunnels. As a result, everything and anything that was illegal found it's home underground. The city didn't mind; out of sight, out of mind. Filled with drug dealing, speak easy's and brothels.