Friday, April 13, 2007

45 Millionth Space Needle Visitor to Go to Paris!


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It's 45 X 45! To celebrate its 45th anniversary this month, the Space Needle will be awarding its 45 millionth visitor a 5 day trip to Paris for two, featuring dinner at the Jules Verne Restaurant in the Tour Eiffel. Visitors to Seattle always love to go up to the top of this 1962 World's Fair icon and enjoy the 360 degree vista of beautiful Seattle and the surrounding Puget Sound and mountain ranges. Even if you can't try to be the 45 millionth person to ride the elevators to the top, you can take a guess at when that visitor will come and still win a prize (click here). And you can save the $14 to go to the top and visit the Space Needle Web Cam for free at any time. It's controls allow you to see the view in any direction on the compass (really fun).

This is a shot I took of the reflection in the exterior Observation Deck window at the top of the Space Needle--a little different orientation since everything is reversed! In the panorama one can see the blue waters of Lake Union surrounded by the neighborhoods of South Lake Union, West Lake, and East Lake, Wallingford and University District at the top of the lake, and the snow capped Cascade range in the distance.

2 comments:

Abraham Lincoln said...

A beautiful photograph of a very nice city. The Space Needle reminds me that many, many years ago, there was a "World's Trade Fair" there in Seattle, Washington. I worked for the National Cash Register Company (NCR) in Dayton, Ohio at the time, in Engineering and Design, and was called upon to create two modern sculpture-like pieces that displayed two of NCR's newest pieces of equipment. One read punched paper cards and the other read punched paper tape. And this was way before the computer and way before Al Gore invented the Internet. Those pieces were my contribution to the history of the Space Needle.

Sally said...

Good luck with the comp, Kim ;-)