Monday, January 19, 2009

Honeymoon - Day 5

Sometimes I forget I have a blog.

On the 5th day of the honeymoon we hopped on the monorail and traveled to Seattle Center, the site for the 1962 World's Fair and the Space Needle. We walked around a bit and went to the Experience Music Project. The building, designed by Frank Gehry and founded by Paul Allen, is pretty rad. It's inspired by Jimi Hendrix and from above looks like a melted guitar. I really enjoyed the history of the guitar exhibit and seeing Kurt Cobain's guitar (from the "Smells Like Teen Spirit" video). The grunge exhibit was pretty rad too.

In the basement of the Experience Music Project is the Science Fiction Museum. Admission is free with EMP entrance, so Tim and I thought "why not." As we were looking at everything, we noticed little tags by all the pieces that read, "From the Paul Allen Collection." My theory is that Paul Allen wanted somewhere to exhibit his nerdy science fiction memorabilia but knew that few people would visit on their own volition. So he built the super awesome Experience Music Project to entice visitors to see his science fiction collection.

We took the monorail back downtown and hopped on the streetcar, cleverly titled the South Lake Union Trolley (S.L.U.T.). We just rode it to the end of the line and back. I'm sure you can guess why.

We went back to the hotel in time for the free wine tasting. The hotel is kind of artsy fartsy, so in the restaurant where they serve the wine, they also have watercolor paints and paper in case you get "inspired." Tim did the crossword puzzle while I painted images of the puzzle words. It was pretty silly.

After the wine tasting, we took a cab back to Seattle Center to have dinner in the Space Needle. Tim made sunset reservations. Unfortunately it was a little too cloudy to see a pretty sunset. We still had a blast though. The food was alright, not too impressive, but the view was fantastic. After dinner, we hung out on the observation deck for a bit before heading back.

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