City of Roses

Trip Start Jan 03, 1976
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of United States  , Oregon
Thursday, January 4, 2007

We made a last minute decision to get out of Vancouver for the new year and headed down to Portland. Portland seems quite a funky city with lots of choice of dining and bars and we were both so excited to be back in a "real" city again (sorry Vancouver). Within 24 hours of arriving we loved it even more as we discovered within the city circle rides on the light rail system were free, there is no sales tax (something i hate about Canada, its added after you purchase so you never know how much something is!), Tracey got carded, and a waiter gave me his phone number. Portland, we love you.

We did a lot of dining in Portland (with notable exception of my birthday, below) and it was all tasty and American style huge. We managed to check out a donut specialty store and a fondue only store, its all about the deserts. There were also a few micro breweries around to check, sadly we didn't make it to them all, but I tried, I sure tried.

Portland is also home to Oaks Park, an old style amusement park a little out of town. We headed over there to hit a massive rain storm and instead of checking out the old style rides we just got wet feet. Another attraction, not quite the Statue of Liberty, is Portlandia.  This is supposedly the next biggest statue to Lady Liberty. I'm not quite sure about that one, it seems muuuch smaller than the other. Still at least this one is perched atop a building and I didn't have to climb any claustrophobic stairs to reach the top.

Somewhere in this trip was my birthday, and we made plans to celebrate Portland style. Until the day before we realised that there had been some mistake with pay cheques and credit cards and we now had about $50 between us to last till we crossed the border in two days time. Birthday spent looking for budget events, a trip to "the Grotto", which is a monastery with a garden - shame we couldn't find the entrance! We did enjoy a McDonalds $1 menu meal though, I haven't eaten McDonalds in forever and I think I'm still recovering from it.  Portland is on a river so we took a wander around the river walk, which is on bouncy pillions. After bouncing about the river we then headed up to Washington Park and had a wander around there, there is a living memorial for Vietnam Vets which was quite pretty and well laid out and numerous other tourist attractions in the park.  Its not a birthday without a beer so we headed off to the Kennedy School, an old school redone into a hotel, restaurant, bar and theatre - the school was redone in the old style and had so many rooms, we kept poking around but didn't see them all. The theatre runs second run movies so we were excited to see Marie Antoinette for $3! Well within budget. Another great thing is that the theatres let you drink beer, so we sat on couches, drank beer and watched the movie. Best behaved I have been in school ever!
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