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The Emerald City
Apr 21, 2003 06:06 AM 1684 Views
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SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, ''The Emerald City'', is on the Puget Sound, (that leads to the Pacific Ocean), and is north west from where I live.


It is between two Mountain Ranges, (the Olympic and the Cascades), and has two large Lakes, (Washington and Union),that are in the City. Seattle is the fastest growing City in the United States.


SOME HISTORY: and the population, (including the surrounding areas) is close to one million people.


Seattle was named after Chief Seattle who was the Chief of the Duwamish and Suquamish Tribes. The first white People after they arrived in this area paid him $16,000 USD for the use of his name.


They came here as their first stop on the way to the Klondike to make their fortune finding gold in Canada.


The first Miners came unprepared for the hardships they would face. They lived in Tent Cities until they could find a way to head north.


Business Men soon set up Hotels, Rooming Houses, Bars, Cafes, Outfitting Stores, Food Shops and Red Light Houses.


Their Families arrived and they began to build small houses that grew to large mansions as the people got richer.


Seattle became a Port City after Victoria in British Columbia, (1850).


THE INDIGENOUS FIRST NATIONS PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN THIS AREA ARE:


Archeologists have found that people have lived in this area for at least 8,000 years.


There are seven main Tribes, (and some minor Clans),that were the first people who settled here. There names are the Chelan, Chilliwack, Swinomish, Sauk, Suiattle, Upper Skagit and the Nlaka'pamux.


You will see a lot of the Artifacts in the Museums in Seattle but the best place to learn all about it is at the North Cascades Visitor Centre that is in the Mountains near Newhalem.


Seattle is filled with Totem Poles and you can buy a replica of one if you want to.


The Tribes came from Asia and look a lot like the People from Korea.


The Tribes are the same as in Canada but because the Laws are different the Tribes in Washington State can still use a net to fish with and can go out in their War Canoes and kill a Whale with a spear. The later was quite a sad and gruesome sight!


SEATTLE:


We always drive to Seattle because we like to have our Car with us. If you don't have a Car you can get to many places on the Tram, on a Bus or by Taxi.


We always stay at the Westin Hotel because it is down town.


THE ATTRACTIONS I HAVE SEEN:


The first time we were here we took a half day Tour to see Capital and Queen Anne Hills. this is the area where you will see the older Mansions with the Widows Walk on top, (a balcony where the Women who's Husbands went to see watched and waited for them to come home). We then crossed a bridge to visit Mercer Island and see the Forests and the most expensive Houses in Seattle. The last stop was seeing their underground. There are so many secret tunnels.


The SPACE NEEDLE is the nicest attraction in Seattle. The Tower is 184 metres with a revolving circle at the top. If you want to pay to go to the top you will see all of Seattle. After I saw the Movie ''Sleepless in Seattle'' I had to go to the top one. The Needle turns slowly so you can get a wonderful view of the City.


PIKE PLACE MARKET is on the waterfront PIKE PLACE MARKET is nearly as well known as the Space Needle. You can find wonderful fresh fruits and vegetables along with seafood at the Market Stalls here. There are also a lot of craft tables where you can find one of a kind items you can’t live without! I like to buy the fresh flowers here to make our Hotel room feel like we are at home.


PIONEER SQUARE is actually an area in Seattle but a fun one to wonder around in. It is filled with shops (from antiques to toys to books), cafes and art galleries. We enjoy going in and out of the different shops and galleries.


The SEATTLE AQUARIUM has a lot of fish from the northwest. You can see the Scuba Divers feed the ling cod, halibut, rock fish, salmon, sharks, sturgeon and woof eels.


THE SEATTLE CENTRE have both permanent and exchange exhibits. We like the Science Centre, the Butterfly Garden and the Planetarium Shows. There is an I-Max Theatre, a Jungle Gym and a Virtual Games area that I haven't seen.


THE DOCK AREA is easy to see because it is a few blocks from down town. There are some Cafes where you can have lunch or a drink while you watch the Killer Wale Pods, Dolphins and the variety of sea life and birds. You can also see large Cargo Ships and in the Summer a lot of Cruise Ships on there way to Alaska.


The BOEING EVERETT AEROPLANE PLANT, (it's 20 miles north of Seattle) is the place where Jumbo Jets are made. You can go into the Factory and see 767, 777 and 747 Planes being put together. You might even catch a glimpse of the weapons they design here.


One day we spent some time at the JAPANESE TEA GARDEN in the Arboretum. It is a real Garden and is a wonderful place to sit and relax.


The AFRICAN VILLAGE THEATRE is in the Zoo. I haven't been through the Zoo but we did enjoy the Centre. They explain the African Culture through storytelling, songs and skits.


We didn't go to the MICROSOFT PLANT because you can't go unless Bill Gates invites you.


The SEATTLE ART MUSEUM is wonderful. There is an area of European Art from the Medieval Era to the 19th Century. We also enjoy the Asia area. In each area the displays are shown in Paintings, Clay, Ceramics and Sculptures.


We did go the SEATTLE CENTRE to see a Musical Production of Lord of the Rings and the 3rd revival of Show Boat. It is quite large and it has displays of Music, Photography, a Restaurant and a Shop.


SHOPPING:


I always go to the J.C. Penny's Department Store. Bed lines are very expensive in Canada and they always have some pure cotton ones on sale. Canadian Denim Jeans are very heavy and I prefer to wear the lighter Jeans that are made in the USA. At Penny's I can always find a few pair to buy.


Fifth and Sixth Avenues, the Fremont, Capitol Hill and the Belltown district have a lot of Stores that go from the high priced ones to tourist ones. There are also a lot of places to eat in these areas.


The other Department Stores we browse through are The Bon and Nordstroms.


We drove through the U. of Washington to go to the University Village. This is a glass covered Shopping Centre that have a lot of high priced Stores. We go there to buy some of Fran's Chocolates and look at the pottery at the Pottery Barn.


Walgreens is our favourite Drug Store ,(down town), because they have a lot of items that aren't available in Canada.


We drove for 2 miles, (it took less than 5 minutes), to visit the Merchant Du Vin Winery. We tasted some wine and bought a Bottle of their blush, red and white Wines.


If you have a Car you won't want to miss the Super Mall of the Northwest. This is the largest discount Mall in the USA, (about 115 Shops). All the Shops are owned by famous Brand Names and this is where they sell the merchandise they haven't sold that season at about 3/4 of the regular price. You can find it by driving north, (towards Canada). After you reach Kent started looking for a large building. When you reach the intersection of Highways 167 and 18 you know you have arrived.


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