Alaskan Cruise: Visit in Juneau
A la descente du bateau, on se trouve tout de suite dans le quartier touristique moderne. Les boutiques se suivent les unes après les autres, seules quelques unes avait des posters fait a la main "Tenu par des locaux". Heureusement avec peu de marche on arrive dans un secteur plus intéressant. J'aurais bien fait un pique-nique au bord de l'eau si le soleil avait été de la partie.
Pour la petite histoire, d’après la conductrice du glacier, le nom de la ville a été choisi ainsi: après des heures de pourparler, Mr. Juneau a annonce qu'il offrirait la tournée a tout ceux qui décideraient que la ville porterait son nom.
Having in mind that Juneau is the capital of Alaska, I was not expecting a city at the feet of steep mountains with thin waterfalls coming down like silver threads.
As we exited the ship, we found ourselves in the modern touristic neighborhood. Shops are lined up, only a few had "Owned by locals" handmade posters.Thankfully with a small walk we were able to get to a more interesting area. Had it been sunny I would have loved a picnic by the water.
For the little story, according to our glacier driver, the name of the town was decided this way: after long hours of talking, Mr. Juneau announced that he would by a round at the bar to anyone deciding to pick his name.
I really loved this fresqua which does a fine representation of totems, although the salmon was missing. It's located on the wall of the city hall.
In the beginning of the historic district and at the end of the tourist traps is the Red Dog Saloon, this saloon is the oldest touristic attraction of the town as it was founded during the mining area. Inside several artefacts of the time quand be found, but also a long waiting line that convinced us to go somewhere else.
Between the docks and the mountain is Franklin St, all along this street narrow alleys give way to steep stairs going up to houses. I can't imagine during winter, you better have strong hips.
Here and there, the architecture and colors of some buildings stood out.
I like to look up and read the signs in front of some places. Americans seem to love saying "established in such and such year", may it be 10 or 100 years ago. For this strore it was "a long time ago".
Salmons are honored may it be by traditional artistic interpretations or more modern ones.
Ravensong Studio etait en train de peindre une boite sur laquelle il avait sculpte des totems.
We came in the studi of an artist whom allowed me to take a picture of him at work. Leroy John Hughes of Ravensong Studio was painting a box on which he had carved totems.
Outisde, the city's trash cans reminded us that bears sometimes visit the inhabitants. In the Carolinas we only find such trash cans in forest areas or the National Park.
Alaskan Hotel, etablis en 1913.
Our men had a dry throat and wanted to clear that with a local beer on tap. They found a neat little bar: the Alaskan Hotel, established in 1913.
Inside the room was really dark, it didn't take much to imagine wood chips on the ground, gold miners and ladies advertising their assets in early 1900's outfits.
The atmosphere was really neat, especially with a band playing traditional music.
We also toured a small smoked salmon factory. The smoked salmon wasn't as good as the one we had in Ketchikan but it was interested to see the process. In front of it Hubby couldn't resist a picture by the crab fishing cages.
Qui dit Capitale de l'Alaska dit ancien gouverneur de l'Etat. Comment ne pas resister a une photo avec l'effigie de Sarah Palin.
Who says Capital of Alaska says former governor of the State. It was impossible to resist taking a picture with the representation of Sarah Palin.
View of the historic street from the ship.