Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Traveling Tuesday - Introduction To The Trip

On Tuesday, August 22, the Man and I flew from Ottawa to Portland.

Our general thoughts about Portland as a city:
-Easy to drive around
-Half the city is pregnant (I have never noticed so many pregnant women in my life)
-The other half of Portland is not wearing a shirt
-The food is amazing
-People are very friendly (this extended to the coast as well)

We stayed our first night in a B and B - Mayor's Mansion on Laurelwood Park. Because home built in 1912 that the owner has turned into a B and B.

The Mayor's Mansion
The Mayor's Mansion is decorated in an Asian style which reminded me so much of Japan. The owner had never been, but collected pieces for Estate sales.

Sample of the common sitting room

I feel like we spent much of our time in Portland eating.

We visited the food trucks downtown. This is a square city block of just food trucks. We picked Mexican as it was gluten free for me. 

We also tried a number of places on Mississippi Avenue. A couple of highlights other than food included:

A light shop (which wasn't open either time we went to the street)

and a used book store that sold you a blind date. Basically it was a fluffy piece of fiction, wrapped in brown paper with the first line of the book written on it. They sold for $3. Since I read 4 books on this trip, it was nice to find to pick up cheap easy reads. 

The one place I wish we had been able to explore more was Washington Park. It was an amazing park with gardens, museums, the zoo.  I will be sharing my pictures of the Test Rose Garden in Flower Fridays.

Look how tall the roses are!

Next Tuesday we will talk about the zoo, so be sure to come back!


  1. Have never been to Portland but have heard it's a beautiful city.......sounds like you enjoyed your visit!

    Hugs, Pam

  2. the mansion looks beautiful... and I often wish such houses could talk ;o) I like the idea with the blind date book... but because I'm always an eight ball I would probably pick the most boring book of slice earth... probably another part of 50 shades of gray or something like that hahahahaha

  3. What a nice trip! I need a vacation so badly!

  4. We hear that Oregon is very dog friendly and we would love to visit! The Mayor's Mansion is just beautiful!

  5. I hope Lady didn't drink the water in Portland! MOLMOL
    Was this your first trip to the USA Pacific NW?
    Whew we thought the Mayor's Mansion was Arty's. MOL
    Hugs madi your bfff

  6. What an interesting place to stay. We can't wait to hear more about your big trip.

  7. What a nice adventure! Can't wait to see the rest!

  8. Pawsome travelogue. Portland is a very vibrant and fun city. I could do without the millennial attitude, but it's a great place to visit.

  9. That mansion is very pretty and must be a good place for us to sniff around!

    Oh, happy belated Gotcha Day, Hailey!!

    Momo & Pinot xo

  10. Sounds like a great place to visit. The books are a great idea!

  11. Wow!! I'm going to have to talk Engineer into a weekend just in Portland!!

  12. Mom and Dad need to start traveling and seeing some new places!
    Hazel & Mabel

  13. My brother was buried in a cemetery there, so I always make sure when I'm visiting Dad we make a trip down there and pay our respects. Growing up so close, we spent a LOT of time in Portland. I got my pilots license there, and used to flight instruct at Portland International Airport which had a flight school (you'd actually take the students to a small, slow airport nearby for their solo flights), but we had a lot of training going on.

  14. So inquiring minds want to know, was there a connection between the pregnant women and the shirtless men(we presume it was men)? BOL

    Nice pics.

    Woos - Lightning and Misty

  15. That is one place I would absolutely LOVE to go to visit! That's so funny that 1/2 of Portland is pregnant! :) So glad you all had a great trip!

  16. I can't wait to hear more! I do know that Portland has to be the trendiest city in the US - so it's a great one to visit!

    I'm sorry that I've been absent - we took a 3 week trip into the wilderness with no internet. We're back now, and I'm excited to catch up!

  17. That looks like a great trip! Once we stayed overnight in Portland on our way from San Diego up to Canada. This was pre-reviews-of-everything online so we accidentally picked a really scary neighborhood to stay in. We didn't sleep so well that night... We definitely need to go back and give the city a *real* visit!


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