The Columbus Zoo was sponsoring a car show, which seems a bit strange, but then again they do commercialize a lot of things.
The cars were quite nice, and with the water park and other amusement rides providing interesting backgrounds, it was a good day for a car show. Plus there were animals later.
The new downtown Cleveland Convention Center was the site of a Lego fan convention called BrickUniverse. This show featured a number of Lego artists, as well as vendors with a large collection of specialty pieces.
As we entered the hall we were greeted by Jonathan Lopes, who had a number of very large pieces. Jonathan, a San Diego resident who used to live in Brooklyn, which was featured extensively in his grouping.
Nearby was Lia Chan who specialized in Air & Space.
There were a number of ‘paintings’ made of Lego throughout the exhibit. The detail was amazing.
A 12′ long model of the USS Missouri had thousands of small sailors, as well as the table and dignitaries that signed the surrender terms ending World War II.
Displayed nearby was a large collection of famed military leaders.
Eventually I pulled out the zoom to get close ups.
The tallest building in Cleveland is the nearly 1000′ high Key Tower. For this show King Kong was on top.
The Eiffel Tower.
Another of Lia’s pieces up close showing the details.
The Moulin Rouge complete with Can Can Dancers.
Finally a close up of Jonathan’s Woolworth Building, showing the amazing detail on the cornices.
Harold LeMay made his fortune hauling garbage in Tacoma, Washington, but his passion was cars. At his death he owned a record 3000 cars. Today the collection is split into two separate museums.
The first is housed at a formers boys school with a number of buildings.
The gymnasium make a great setting.
The had cars stacked 3 high in some places.
The second museum was in downtown Tacoma and was more formal.
A Rambler with a Ferrari engine.
A day in Seattle.
Fremont Street Bridge Troll
The famed market
Views from the Space Needle
Boeing Airplanes are built (among other places) in Everett, Washington in what is billed as the World’s Largest Building by volume.
We took a tour in which they did not permit any camera’s at all inside, however someone on the internet obviously violated this rule so to give an idea of what it looks like I borrowed theirs!
There are 6 large bays, 3 for the assembly of the 747 and 767, the other 3 for the 777 and 787. The doors are immense.
The 787 has parts flown into Everett on modified 747s.
Planes with their green vinyl wrappers awaiting paint jobs.
The visitor center included the ‘Future of Flight’ museum.
Even the hotel is in the airplane theme, with an old wing and part of a fuselage for a canopy.
A day and night in Victoria, British Columbia.
BC Parliament Building
Totem Poles at the BC Museum
Yachts and water taxis in Victoria Harbor
The coastline along the Strait of Juan De Fuca.
A cricket game in Beacon Hill Park
More Canadian palm trees in the same park.
More harbor action.
On our way to Port Angeles, Washington and Olympic National Park – which we could easily see from Victoria almost 50 miles away.
A perfect ending to a week in Canada.
Vancouver is Canada’s 3rd largest city, and with height limits on skyscrapers has numerous fairly tall ones, without the massively tall buildings blocking views of the mountains.
In addition it is a center for cruise ships heading to Alaska. Personally I have no desire to be on a boat with 3000 other people.
The harbor has steady seaplane traffic
The harbor front area is lined with condo buildings.
The Olympic Cauldron
8 Bit Orca
One of the cruise ships going under the Lions Gate Bridge.
An evening view from the ‘Vancouver Lookout’ observation deck.