Chuck, who didn’t actually name the city, but described amazingly close to the exact location the picture was taken from:
Parking lot on 2nd Ave just north of the intersection of Western Ave and West John St., behind the Hilton?
Here’s the other “dead giveaway” picture, that was taken from a location just a half a block from the first:
I normally would have said: “you’re right, I was in Seattle”, but since he got so specific in his answer, I have to show you just how close to exact he really was:
I was staying at the Homewood Suites off Western Ave in Seattle. The Homewood Suites is one of the Hilton Chain and is near the corner described by Chuck, so I’d imagine that’s the hotel he was thinking about. He was VERY close.
The first picture was taken from the parking lot behind the Westmark Hotel a half a block from the Homewood Suites. It’s marked spot 1 in the below satellite picture. The Westmark is on the intersection of John Street and 1st Ave, just one block from the intersection Chuck described. The only reason I chose that spot is because the parking lot of the Westmark is on a hill and is a higher spot with a better view than the Homewood suites parking lot.
The picture is of the Puget Sound (complete with ferry) with the Seattle Post Intelligencer building in the foreground. If you follow that link, you’ll notice that the globe on their building is part of their trademark and is a designated Seattle landmark.
The second one of the Space needle was taken just up the street a little at spot 2 on the satellite picture.
So, Chuck is the winner of 1,000 internet points and I’m going to award a bonus of 250 internet points for being so specific about the location.
That and $6.50 will buy you a cup of coffee at the original Starbucks, which is also in Seattle.