Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Seattle: Above the City, Cool Glass and a Little Rock n' Roll

After disembarking and hopping in the car service, we were headed to our hotel at the airport for Daddy's USMC Vietnam Reunion.  We dropped our luggage and then hopped on the Light Rail (great deal...$5.50 for me for an all day pass and $1.50 for the 'rents...age has it's advantage) so we could go explore Seattle.

First stop was the Chihuly Garden and Glass...I did a quick walk-thru in February when I was on a site visit so it was nice to have the time to really look at his artwork. 




They have a great café at Chihuly so we stopped for lunch before heading over to the Space Needle to get our timed ticket for later in the day.  Today was a little working vacation day as I had a meeting at Experience Music Project so after getting our Space Needle ticket, we headed to the EMP for my meeting.
Experience Music Project is the creation of Paul Allen...a big Jimi Hendrix fan.  Upon entering the museum, you find yourself in the Sky Church with a jumbo screen playing videos of Jimi Hendrix, the Rolling Stones, No Doubt, Sheryl Crow, The Who and a bunch of other very high energy groups.  The first exhibit is of course dedicated to Jimi Hendrix and then if you head upstairs, you find the Women Who Rock exhibit which is pretty cool.

View of EMP from the Space Needle

A Lady Gaga tame outfit
Cindi Lauper's Shoes
Van Gogh's Starry Night
Can't have a Women Who Rock without a little
Tina Turner!
The EMP has a fabulous interactive Sound Lab...everything from keyboards to drums to guitars to scratching turntables to remixing and much more.  We went in one of the sound proof (and it's a good thing it was sound proof!) studios to test out our musical talents.

The next American Idols

Final stop of the day, the Space Needle.  It's just a short 30 second elevator ride to the top of the Needle (604 feet).  Along the way,  you see Puget Sound, Mount Rainier and skyscrapers all around...definitely not an elevator ride for the faint of heart.

Just 7 days ago, we were on this exact ship
 heading up to the Final Frontier

Love the digital photos from the Needle and Chihuly


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