These pictures were taken during our trip to Alaska by cruise ship from Seattle
in July 2013.
Here I am in the gardens of the Seattle space needle.
Holding up the Space Needle.
We rode on Seattle's monorail,
which ran from the space needle to our hotel.
The 1961-built space needle was busy, so we visited the 1914-built Smith
Tower instead (mouseover to learn about its history).
The Smith Tower views were excellent:
here is Seattle's port, mouseover to see the stadium.
The tower had this beautiful
Chinese-style room at the top, mouseover to see the original lift mechanism.
Seattle was hit by a flood and mudslide in 1906, so ground floors were turned
into basements. Tours of these basements now take place.
Here I am in Seattle getting used to water on the walkway beneath this attractive
fountain the morning before we board Oosterdam.