Portland, Oregon. Â Not a particularly beautiful city, at least the downtown portion thereof. Â Caroline and I spent an evening and a full day in Portland. Â The first stop, the absolute required first stop, was Powellâ€™s Bookstore, the City of Books. Â Probably the best bookstore I have seen, and I have seen a few. Â We spent a couple of hours there, then walked around a bit before having dinner at Motherâ€™s Bistro and Bar. Â An excellent restaurant. Â The weather was standard fare for the Pacific Northwest this time of year, drizzling and chilly.
Portland has a superb mass transit system, trains, streetcars and buses. Â Very easy to get around the city. Â Also, there is an arial tram going from the street level to the OHSU Hospital Complex.
Some random shots from above:
You ca see Mt. Hood just right of center in the picture below.
Some shots from around downtown Portland:
Food Truck row
The best bookstore Iâ€™ve seen, at least recently. Â Luckily they ship.
We walked a lot in Portland, and also rode the trains and street cars. Â Ate some really good meals, and probably didnâ€™t spend $60 total for the full day in the city. Â We only had the one full day there, and left the next morning for the Columbia River Gorge, then down the coast.