Last Sunday my brother and I spent the day together wandering around Portland. We went first to the Pittock Mansion (see my earlier post).
From there we headed down the hill over to the east side. It was lunch time! We ate at ¿Por Qué No? Taqueria. Oh WOW! I had a carnitas taco and a carne asada taco – tacos reminiscent of the street tacos we used to eat in Baja!
Walking back to our car I spotted this art work on the side of a building –
After a great meal we headed over to the west side – we parked the car and walked….and walked….. and it was wonderful.
Portland has an eclectic architectural style. Old, ornate building right alongside the modern glass walled towers. There is so much history in this place!
We stopped at the Benson Hotel on Broadway to view a handmade gingerbread castle in the lobby. The dining area and bar were really festive! Sure put me in the holiday mood!
Street entertainment is on so many corners – and talented people too!
We wandered over to a soda and candy shop next – Rocket Fizz~
Ever hear of Bacon flavored soda? Or how about Cookie Dough? They had it here! And the old candy brands I ate as a kid –
We hiked over to Portland Saturday market on the waterfront – a marketplace of artisans on one side and imported “hippy” stuff on the other. They run Saturday and Sunday until Christmas Eve. The week before Christmas they are open every day for the “Festival of the Last Minute”.
Moving on, we stopped for a drink and to play a few rounds of the lottery slots – and we lost.
But then we hopped the MAX (Portland’s light rail) to the Zoo lights (another earlier post).
Our car was parked on the roof of the parking structure. The view of the lights was simply gorgeous.
Portland is an old town, full of character and characters. It’s a wonderful place to wander and I’m so lucky to live close by!