Hem and Away: Seattle Day #7

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RECAP: I (Jo) am currently on vacation in Seattle! I thought it might be fun to try and keep a little holiday diary of sorts, a travelog if you will. Need a refresher? You can read about Day 1 here Day 2 here Days 3/4/5 here and Day 6 here! So sit back and grab a cup of coffee, She and Hem is going Stateside.

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After getting back from Redmond on Sunday, we decided to use a couple more of our City Pass vouchers and visit two of the museums that are based at the Seattle Centre. First up was the Pacific Science Center, which is (you guessed it) a Science museum! It’s a super interactive (aka fun) museum, with a beautiful outside space filled with fountains and water-based Science action! A lot of the exhibits are designed to teach children but we weren’t the only adults to be found playing (and learning!) around the museum. There is yet more fun to be found inside with a dinosaur exhibit, Imax theater and a laser dome, just to name a few!

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Rather bizarrely, Victoria and I both managed to sit on giant novelty chairs on Sunday, despite being on opposite sides of the world. We often joke about the weird similarities in our lives but I think this one takes the biscuit!

Outfit wise, the dress is Cath Kidston, the satchel is Zatchels and the shoes (I’ve nearly worn them out now) are Topshop.

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My personal favourite part of the museum was the Tropical Butterfly House! It was so wonderful to be able to stand and watch so many different species of butterfly! It was a beautiful experience and excellent fun when they decided to land on you! I could have stayed in there all day but at a cool 80 degrees, it wasn’t to be.

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Next on the itinerary was the EMP Museum, housed in the shy and retiring building you see above, designed by Frank O Gehry.

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It’s a museum for music, sci-fi and popular culture. As you can imagine, it’s pretty darn cool and I had been champing at the bit to visit!

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We had a great time exploring the Nirvana and Jimmy Hendrix exhibits. As a Nirvana fan, James was very impressed with the memorabilia on show. We then moved onto the exhibits for Sci Fi, Horror and Fantasy. There was a LOT of cool stuff to see, including The axe from the Shining, original costumes from Harry Potter and The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, as well as J.R.R Tolkein’s original hand-edited manuscript pages for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings! It’s fair to say I was *quite* happy here.

20130813-210652.jpg20130813-105713.jpg20130813-214530.jpgMy favorite exhibit was dedicated to ‘Women who Rock’ and featured a huge amount of artifacts, costumes and even Lady Gaga’s piano in order to pay homage to the women who have ‘propelled rock and roll into uncharted territories’. There were so many beautiful costumes on display from such greats as The Supremes, Tina Turner, Madonna and OMG TAYLOR SWIFT. It was so strange to see outfits worn by Britney Spears and Shakira compared to those worn by artists like Aretha Franklin and Ruth Brown. I know whose wardrobe I would rather own!

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That’s all for now!

Jx

Hem and Away: Seattle Day #1

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Hey there!

Those of you who follow us on Twitter will be aware that I (Jo) am currently on vacation in Seattle! I thought it might be fun to try and keep a little holiday diary of sorts, a travelog if you will. So sit back and grab a cup of coffee, She and Hem is going Stateside.

Now, first things first, I make no secret of the fact that I LOVE America. It’s my spiritual home and makes me feel oh-so-super-happy. This, however, is my first time visiting Seattle!  It is my life ambition to visit all 50 states, and with Washington being my 25th, I’m feeling pretty chuffed to have hit the half-way mark! I’m hoping that once I hit 50 I will unlock a secret bonus 51st state. I probably definitely played too many video games as a child.

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After a cheeky lie in after a long day of travel, the first thing on the agenda was a trip on the monorail! The monorail was built in 1962 for the World’s Fair and still connects the Seattle Center (where the Space Needle is) with Downtown today. It was certainty very quick, covering the mile long track in a matter of minutes, and was a lot of fun too!

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Without fail, everyone who have I discussed going to Seattle with has recommended going to Pike Place Market, and with good reason! It’s absolutely alive with activity! It was created over a century ago when the people of Seattle grew tired of paying extortionate amounts of money for food and produce, with Pike Place Market being a place where you could ‘Meet the Producer’. It covers 9 acres and although I didn’t quite manage everything today, I had a fantastic time sampling chocolate covered cherrys, watching the much lauded fish throwing and meeting a giant pig called Rachel! I’ll definitely be going back for another nose around later in the week,

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Just underneath Pike Place Market, in Post Alley, is this huge Gum Wall! It’s sort of pretty and gross all at the same time, I suppose you could say it’s pretty gross! Especially as in 2009 it was listed as one of the top germiest tourist attractions in the world! People started sticking their gum to the wall, which is next to the Market Theater,  in 1993. After a couple of attempts at scraping the gum off, they gave up and let it become the tourist attraction it has become today.

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After purchasing a City Pass, we decided that a harbour tour was in order and hopped aboard an Argosy Cruise.  The hour tour was a brilliant way to see the Seattle skyline and the on-board narrator was extremely interesting and informative. We learn’t all about the different piers, the history of some of the neighbourhoods and buildings, and had a fascinating look at the shipping terminals and container ships. I could hardly contain-er my excitement.

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After an hour of sitting in the sun (it was 29 degrees today) we decided to use another of our City Pass vouchers and visit the Aquarium.  It was excellent fun looking at all the fish! I especially enjoyed the octopus and the touching tanks – I stroked a starfish!

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It was then time for a little wander around the Olympic Sculpture Park, a free outdoor park full of permanent and visiting art works. I loved Heather Hart’s temporary installation, “The Western Oracle: We Will Tear the Roof Off the Mother”,  a rooftop construction that visitors can climb on.

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For my first day exploring the city, I wore my polka-dot shorts from Miss Selfridge, a t-shirt from Topshop and my trusty white shoes, also from Topshop. My bag is from Cath Kidston and my glasses are Red or Dead.
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I’m off to bed now! Have a wonderful Tuesday, y’all.

Jx