My son bought tickets to see Harry and Potters (yes this is a real band) with his friends.
We drove up early so Kell and company could have a day enjoying the city, teenager style.
Hanging out with the kids for hours was not going to happen.
So what did Jef and I do for a day? We went to all the places we tell other people to go when they ask what they should do in Portland.
Our first stop was breakfast at our favorite coffee shop, Pazzoria bakery.
First stop: Lan Su Chinese Garden
It had been too long since I’d visited. I was struck again by how the moment you step into the garden the busy city melts way. So lovely.
From there, we walked West a few blocks and found a bus stop near the corner of W. Burnside and 1st. We hopped on the #20 bus and it delivered us right to the front door of Powell’s City of Books!
For those who don’t know, it’s a square block building and four floors worth of new and used books! My advice, step in and check out the big sign in the lobby. It’s a busy place, but take the time to get acclimated. Don’t forget to check out the rare books section! I always bring a list and a BIG tote bag!
Thusly fortified, we walked around the corner and waited near the corner of N.W. 11th Ave & N.W. Couch, (pronounced “Cooch” btw) for the street car which whisked us to within a few blocks of the Portland Art Museum.
It always has the perfect mix of Devine:
Oh well, it was nearly time to pick up the concert goers anyway.
Our little day away reminded us why Portland continues to charm and remains one of our favorite cities!