Decades ago Portland, Oregon dubbed itself the "City of Roses" and today it still lives up to its name. Rose beds fill parks and rose bud images are found everywhere including imprints on water main covers in the middle of city streets.
The Foursome sampled a lot of the town during our time together and recommend:
* strolling the length of the 25-block boulevard between Park and 9th, an oasis of trees, gardens and statues that got is start back in 1852 and today is referred to as South Park Blocks.
* visiting Powell's Bookstore, an independently owned business that covers a city block and is filled with more than a million new, used, and out-of-print books; a place so inviting that we had to go back twice during our short visit and still didn't have enough time to roam the entire maze of color-coded rooms.
Pearl District , a place that also drew us back a second time to continue our tour of its restaurants, shops, bars and galleries.
* enjoying the neighborhood parks - during our visit they were filled with kids making the most of the summer sun, playing in the fountains and pools.
* sampling some of Portland's micro-brews.
I'd love to revisit everything I've mentioned, but if you want to know what the real reason is for me wanting to go back, check the next post. . .