Pike Place Market in Seattle

14 March 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  7 minutes

Pike Place Market © Daniel Schwen/cc-by-sa-4.0

Pike Place Market © Daniel Schwen/cc-by-sa-4.0

Pike Place Market is a public market in Seattle, Washington, United States. It opened on August 17, 1907, and is one of the oldest continuously operated public farmers’ markets in the United States. Overlooking the Elliott Bay waterfront on Puget Sound, it serves as a place of business for many small farmers, craftspeople and merchants. It is named for its central street, Pike Place, which runs northwest from Pike Street to Virginia Street on the western edge of Downtown Seattle. Pike Place Market is Seattle’s most popular tourist destination and the 33rd most visited tourist attraction in the world, with more than 10 million annual visitors.   read more…

Research vessel and icebreaker USCGC Healy

1 January 2017 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Yacht of the Month Reading Time:  7 minutes

Healy at the North Pole © USCG Academy - Petty Officer 2nd Class Cory Mendenhall

Healy at the North Pole © USCG Academy – Petty Officer 2nd Class Cory Mendenhall

USCGC Healy (WAGB-20) is the United States’ largest and most technologically advanced icebreaker. She is classified as a medium icebreaker by the U.S. Coast Guard. She is homeported in Seattle and was commissioned in 1999. Her motto is “Promise and Deliver“. On September 5, 2015, USCGC (United States Coast Guard Cutter) Healy became the first unaccompanied United States surface vessel to reach the North Pole. Healy was built by Avondale Industries in New Orleans. The construction included a technology transfer agreement between Avondale Industries and the Finnish Kværner Masa-Yards Arctic Technology Centre, where the latter provided expertise for hull form development and propulsion line engineering based on the Finnish diesel-electric icebreaker Otso.   read more…

Experience Music Project Museum in Seattle

26 December 2016 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Architecture, Museums, Exhibitions Reading Time:  9 minutes

© EMP|SFM Archive/cc-by-sa-3.0

© EMP|SFM Archive/cc-by-sa-3.0

EMP Museum is a nonprofit museum, dedicated to contemporary popular culture in Seattle. EMP Museum was founded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen in 2000. Since that time EMP has organized dozens of exhibits, 17 of which have toured across the US and internationally. The museum, which used to be known as Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame (EMP|SFM), has founded many public programs including Sound Off! an annual 21 and under battle-of-the-bands that supports the all-ages scene and Pop Conference an annual gathering of academics, critics, musicians and music buffs. EMP, in collaboration with the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) presents the Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Film Festival, which takes place annually every winter at Seattle Cinerama Theater.   read more…

Seattle in Washington

21 March 2016 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  12 minutes

Downtown Seattle and Space Needle from Queen Anne Hill © Rattlhed

Downtown Seattle and Space Needle from Queen Anne Hill © Rattlhed

Seattle is a West Coast inlet seaport city and the seat of King County. With an estimated 663,000 residents as of 2015, Seattle is the largest city in both the state of Washington and the Pacific Northwest region of North America. In July 2013 it was the fastest-growing major city in the United States, and remained in the top five in May 2015 with an annual growth rate of 2.1%. The Seattle metropolitan area of around 3.6 million inhabitants is the 15th largest metropolitan area in the United States. The city is situated on an isthmus between Puget Sound (an inlet of the Pacific Ocean) and Lake Washington, about 100 miles (160 km) south of the Canada–United States border. A major gateway for trade with Asia, Seattle is the third largest port in North America in terms of container handling as of 2015.   read more…

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