Day 1: Getting reacquainted with downtown Portland
A Quick Trip to Paris for Lunch
Usually I’m not a big fan of eating alone in a restaurant, but I’m hungry after a long, tedious, and slightly uncomfortable journey here, so a lovely lunch somewhere seems delightful.
I end up at Carafe Parisian Bistro, which is just about perfect. . . even after a large class of French students on their senior outing fill up the other half of the room. Actually, it’s nice to see that they begin raising foodies here from a young age! No wonder this is such a great food town.
Day 2: Meetings with a lunch break
Day 4: May 28, 2010
Rose Festival Fireworks
Although the rain has mostly stopped, it is still a damp and drippy night. None-the-less, the Rose Festival fireworks show will go on.
(All photos taken – without a tripod – from near the end of the very bouncy Hawthorne Bridge.)
Day 5: May 29, 2010
This is where I would Live
Ok, I could never afford to live here, but I covet these decks that jet out into the air. What a wonderful perch!
And what a clever architect, to figure out a way to add these decks to make a lot that was otherwise probably mostly useless for residential (too narrow and too little light) and provide fabulous views from what I’m sure are very expensive units! It’s a great piece of work.
And I do crave a deck like that!
Waiting for the Train: Dance Competition
Day 6: May 30
Portland’s Architectural Mish-Mash
An Abundance of Fountains
Portland is known as the city of roses, but it could as easily be the city of fountains.
I just wandered about running into them randomly throughout the city, but walking tours will take you past all of them, should you feel the need. While I tend toward to gravitate toward the more modern, the city also hosts a number of more “classic” fountains from bye-gone eras, including the “Elk” with its spouting bears and wildcats.
If you want to see more, the blog “Fountains of Portland” seems to have all the pictures of Portland’s fountains one could ever want.