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Welcome to the online blog for traveler/writer/photographer Steven Barber. Come in. Relax. Take off your shoes and socks -- or any other article of clothing, this is the internet. Have a look around. I hope to intrigue, amuse, entertain, and maybe provoke you just a little. I love to find adventure. All I need is a change of clothes, my Nikon, an open mind and a strong cup of coffee.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

ROAD TRIP: Seattle

"To some extent, Seattle remains a frontier metropolis, a place where people can experiment with their lives, and change and grow and make things happen." - Tom Robbins

As I have noted elsewhere, Seattle is a city that moves by its own vibe. With a spectacular cultural center, the aptly-named Seattle Center, a well-established and vibrant nightlife, and a real sense of its own identity, Seattle is both a highly urban place but also one more in touch with its natural surroundings than most of the other big cities in this country. 

Perhaps it is because from even the most central parts of downtown you are no more than an hour away (barring traffic, of course) from some of the most stunning scenery in the world. North, up the eastern side of Puget Sound is a festival of destinations, including the passageway to the San Juan Islands (frequently described as one of the most beautiful island chains in North American). South and East is the vast Mount Rainier. And West, just across the sound, lies the majestic beauty of the Olympic National Park.

Seattle Center's Experience Music Project
The famous "Flying Fish" counter at Pike Place


Bill Speidel's excellent "Underground Tour"


Seattle Links
Bill Speidel's Underground Tour
Pike Place Market
Washington State Ferries

Downtown Seattle

The Emerald City from the observation platform of the Needle

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