City of Seattle Seattle is located at the most picturesque place of the North-West American lands. It is the biggest city in Washington. The city is surrounded by the waters of Pacific Ocean and the picturesque landscapes of the Rainier Mountain. Due to its ancient history and cosmopolitan character, the city is known as one of the most boisterous American cities. Seattle is the centre of commercial and cultural life; it is the city of high-technologies of the North-Western part of America. Seattle is the main seaport for Pacific and European trade.
It is also known for the head offices of such companies like Boeing Aircraft, Microsoft and Weyerhaeuser. Besides, it is the important medical centre and centre of cancer related researches. The city of Seattle was founded in 1850s. Seattle upholds a reputation of a rainy city not because of big quantity of atmospheric precipitates but because of approximately 226 cloudy and rainy days per year. Rainy Seattle cannot rival in quantity of sunny days with other American cities. Yet, in contrast to many other places, Seattle and its suburbs yields to no exotic place in the world in relation to multicolored picturesque landscapes. No wonder that the city of Seattle is often called the Emerald capital of the North-West of the United States.
However, the city is known not only for its picturesque landscapes. It is also known as musical, coffee, glass and flower capital of the United States. Each of these titles has plenty of arguments in support. The Capital of Flowers The City of Seattle is the city of flowers. Dont lose the opportunity to visit the Skagit valley during the tulip festival. It usually takes place in the middle of April.
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You will see splendid flower carpets weaved by white, red, pink, yellow and blue rainbow. The beauty of these flowers can be compared to the beauty of rainbow. Yellow sea of lent lilies or immense red sea of tulips captivate by its beauty. The first bulbs of tulips, narcissus and irises were brought to Skagit valley by Dutch immigrants. No wonder that people often compare Skagit valley with Holland. However, the American flag weaved from eight thousand of tulips will remind you that you are still in America.
The spring festival of tulips is the very beginning of flower kaleidoscope. Dont forget to visit a famous Pike Place Market in Seattle. There you will be charmed by brightness and a wide variety of local bunches of flowers at any time of the year. The scents are also amazing! Sweet peas, lilac, lilies of the valley, and roses look like the most elegant perianth. It seems that you lose touch with reality surrounded with amazing colors and scents. The Emerald City Seattle is also known as the Emerald capital of America.
The color of Washingtons flag is green. Washington received its second name, the Evergreen state, because of its coniferous forests: giant silver firs, cedars, thujas and junipers. Washington woods are also famous for its Douglas fir that is worth its weight in gold for shipbuilding. Araucaria, known as monkey-puzzle tree, reminds us the monkey tails because of its curved branches with unusual leaves-needles. Seattle is known as one of the greenest cities all over the world. It can be compared with Istanbul, the greenest city of Turkey by its numerous parks and gardens.
There are more than 400 parks per 80 sq. miles. The top-floors of sky-scrapers are also green. It seems that they boast of their landscaping and ornamental bushes and plants. Numerous ponds and water reservoirs add to Seattle its emeraldness: salty ocean armlet, numerous lakes, rivers and streams. The City of Glaziers As well as Venice for Italy and all other European countries, the City of Seattle is considered Mecca for American glass-blowing.
It is generally acknowledged as the leading centre for those who are interested in design of glazing. The items made of glass amaze by their bright colors. Such brightness seems to be strange for rainy and gloomy Seattle. Probably, grey sky of Seattle combined with cold air inspires local glaziers to the heat of fire and brightness of colors. Who know, maybe the glaziers are inspired by flame-colored, fiery red sunsets, wealth of water and majestic mountains. Glaziers of Seattle are well-known all over the world.
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For example, the works of Dale Chihuli, are exhibited in more than 190 world museums, including the famous Louver. Dale Chihuli is the first person who was conferred the rank of National Living Treasure. Many glaziers arrive to Seattle and create their glassware drawing on his experience. Lets have a look at one of the numerous Seattle art exhibitions dedicated to glassware. Here you will be delighted with diversity of shapes and colors: incredibly delicate orchid flower and cactus in full blossom strike by its vivid and lifelike colors. Seattle: The Musical Paradise In contrast to many American cities, Seattle is often associated with music. Seattle is known as the cradle of grunge music, represented by Nirvana, Pearl Jam and other grunge groups.
The only hard-rock band that can compete with the extreme popularity of Seattles grunge is the Smashing Pumpkins. Seattle is the home for legendary guitarist and musician Jimmy Hendrickson, popular rock-groups Led Zeppelin, Soundgarden, Queensryche, Wailers, Hears, singers Bing Crosby and Ernestine Anderson, saxophonist Kenny G and many other popular groups and people. Unique musical museum (June 2000) Experience Music Project is well known for not only interesting expositions and concerts but by its modern architecture. In this museum you will get acquainted with the history of music at the North-West of the United States and many other world groups and styles. The visitors have an opportunity to play real pop instruments: electric guitars, percussion instruments, keyboard instruments and brass. In a special laboratory one can try to feel like a real celebrity giving concerts in front of exultant crowd.
You will receive a poster with your own photo, musical group of your choice and date of the concert. Seattle is also famous for its modern philharmonic society, the patrimony of local symphonic orchestra under the direction of Gerard Schwartz, one of the most popular American band-masters. Those who like night musical clubs will enjoy live pop-, rock- and jazz music, dance rap, rave, hip-hop, rock-n-roll or lambada, or Latin-American dances. It looks like all world musical styles met together in the centre of Seattle. The Ancestor of Coffee-Boom Seattle is often compared to Vienna, the paradise for coffee-fans. The city occupies the first place among other American cities in relation to quantity of consumed coffee. The number of coffee-shops per head is also great. A cup of hot strong black coffee became an attribute of any business meeting, friendly chat or lunch break.
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Reading of the books, newspapers, magazines in coffee-shops became a part of city culture. Inhabitants of Seattle like to drink coffee in libraries, book shops, book coffee-shops, restaurants, or even in the streets and squares. The capital of coffee contributed to the coffee-boom in America by its original recipes of coffee-roasting. Starbucks, SBS and Tullys were born in Seattle. Dont forget to have a cup of coffee at Starbucks located at the Pike Place Market, the first store opened by three businessmen Zev Siegel, Jerry Baldwin and Gordon Bowker. There are many places of interest. The Space Needle is one of the famous places. You can enjoy the lofty panorama of Seattle and its surroundings from the Observation Deck 520 feet above the city.
Sky City, a 360-degree view restaurant goes the full circle for 41 seconds and proposes a spectacular view combined with award-winning local wines. Among other places that make Seattle different from other American cities, it the market. First of all, the market is quite rare thing for American city, and, secondly, Seattle Pike Place Market is the oldest market in the country. All tourist hand-book call Pike Place Market the soul of Seattle. Here one can enjoy the music played by street musicians, taste the cuisine of many world countries, see real farmers who sell crops cultivated by their own hands, to communicate with glaziers and other handicraftsmen. Among other points of interest, the fish fly is one of the things you must see in Seattle.
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In order to attract the buyers, people who sell fish make the fish fly show: they juggle with fishes and other sea products. This fish show remind us the fish market in Istanbul with its brisk and lively trade. You can continue to examine marine life and marine underwater environment in Seattle Aquarium with plenty of sea creatures. There you can get face-to-fin with marine wonders of the Puget Sound. Further you can continue a walk along a Waterfront, visit an Odyssey Maritime Discovery Center, take a ride to Alki Beach on the Elliot Bay Water Taxi and explore unforgettable Seattle views. As compared to other world countries, America is quite young country that has no such ancient history and ancient monuments like European and Asian countries.
At the same time, the city of Seattle bewilders and astonishes by high degree of perfection of its beauty and places of interest. This city arouses not only serene esthetic beatitude but also a strong warm-heartedness. When you look at it, you feel its power and majesty of peculiar spirit of Seattle that can be compared to no other city in the world..