A Day in Portland, Oregon


A view of one of the bridges across the Willamette River – taken from Waterfront Park.

Last Sunday my brother and I spent the day together wandering around Portland.  We went first to the Pittock Mansion (see my earlier post).


The view of Portland from the Pittock Mansion.

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 –


This was on the front of the building. I am assuming it is somehow connected to the painting….


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!


An amazing drummer!


“Statue Man” in front of Pioneer Square Mall










Inside Pioneer Square Mall – moving down the escalator


Looking down from the top floor of the mall.








We wandered over to a soda and candy shop next – Rocket FizzIMG_0427

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 –


Rows and Rows of Rocket Fizz!









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”.

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As you wander out towards downtown, you pass two iconic places,  Caffe Vita and VooDoo Donuts.

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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!



About Helen Fern

I live in the upper Willamette Valley with my amazing husband and four very spoiled cats - three adopted feral cats and one shelter baby. We have lived here since the dawn of 1991 and love every inch of the region.
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