Pac NW Plannergeek Honeymoon
Seattle: Observation Deck Aerials
Portland: Downtown & Skyline
Bonus Thread: Loose pictures of the Cascades, Tacoma, and elsewhere
I got married in October, to a girl who shares my urban geekery. Since neither of us had
been to the Pacific Northwest before, we decided to honeymoon in Seattle, Portland and
Vancouver. My pictures from Seattle and Portland were posted in November and December.
Vancouver is coming now. I overdosed on picture sorting a little and needed a break.
Let's start with a couple of panoramas. Our hotel was right at the foot of Granville Bridge, so one
evening we decided to walk across it to Granville Island. That was a terrible idea, because
the bridge is much longer than the distance from our hotel to the island. We took a taxi back.
The one positive was the awesome view.
And here's the view from the hotel roof:
You have *got* to dig the neon.
A couple more from the bridge before we move on:
OK. Our first morning in town the first thing we did was walk the length of
Granville Street, from our hotel to downtown.
One of the things that had struck me about Seattle and Portland was how Seattle
felt like such a big city, and Portland felt like such a smaller one. Walking down
Granville Street I was immediately struck that Vancouver feels very much in between.
It feels like a more beautiful and more urban version of Denver to me.
The Denver comparison especially rung true along Granville. Denver's main downtown
spine of 16th Street is a similar scale and length, and is also a transit mall.
White balance fail, but I like the view. /shrug/
Leaves on a wet glass awning is probably a cliche view. But it's pretty.
Love this building:
Obviously at this point I'm getting more into the middle of downtown.
Love this building too.
I was very surprised to wander onto an urban Costco. Never seen that before.
I am a fan of the urban stairway, especially those that are wide and solid enough
to function as public spaces. It's too bad this one is so ugly.
Love the library. I think it's much better than Seattle's.
Caryatids. Naked ladies on architecture = win.
I think the main fault with modern architecture is that it's too bare. I want
ornament on my buildings. But I'm not necessarily a historicist. I like experiments
with contemporary ornament too. And so I like this building.
Later that day, after dark, we walked back up Granville to the hotel.
Obviously I had a lot of fun with all the neon.
See you in part 2!