Weekend in Seattle

The other day I flew out to Seattle for some meetings at Amazon and managed to tack on a day after the meetings to explore the town.  I hadn’t been to Seattle since I was in high school, and I’d forgotten what a cool place it is.  The first day, when I was in meetings, was gorgeous — sunny and warm — and the next day, when I was wandering around, was typically cold and rainy.  But I embraced the weather with what I assumed to be Northwestern equanimity and had a great time.
 
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The view from my hotel room
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At the top of the hill, in Volunteer Park
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The very cool Seattle Public Library
(designed by Koolhaas)
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The Seattle waterfront
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Seattle Olympic Sculpture Park
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Space Needle
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Brunch at Tilikum Place Cafe
(brioche French toast with plum compote and sorghum whipped cream,
with a side of bacon and fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice)
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The Chihuly glass museum
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boats with blown-glass balls
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this sea-themed tower of blown-glass was probably 20 feet tall
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The Frank Gehry-designed EMI Museum
(in which is also housed the Sci-Fi Museum)
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“As you wish!”
The Princess Bride’s wedding dress
and Westley’s Dread Pirate Roberts costume
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“Exterminate!”
A dalek from the original Doctor Who series
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Seattle’s monorail connects the Space Needle complex to downtown;
a convenient way to get back to the hotel.

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