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North America » United States » Oregon » Portland September 26th 2016

Geo: 45.5118, -122.676Day started with word of a flight delay, which might have helped our navigation through the Portland morning commute, but cramp our connection at JFK. Then, on way to PDX, there's a crash on I-5 that results in 45-minute delay, so -- thanks to Madame GPS -- we rerouted up the scenic 99E back way through Woodburn and Oregon City. Once in the air, though, it was smooth sailing through JFK and onto Prague. After a sleepless overnight flight, we're reminded how much we don't enjoy red eye flights! Next stop, the Czech Republic.... read more
Destination: Prague, Czech Republic

North America » United States » Oregon » Portland September 1st 2016

With the heat wave this year, and a newborn in tow, we spent most of the summer cooped up indoors... can you say "cabin fever?" We desperately needed to get away for a change of pace, a change of climate, and a change of scenery. Although we had talked about visiting Portland for what seemed like forever, it took me by surprise when Victor booked our flights to go, because it was so spontaneous and last minute! Even though this was our first time in the Pacific northwest region of our country, we instinctively knew we would love Portland. And with it's location being only a short 3 hour flight away, it was a perfect first time trip to make with our little baby girl. Portland, in my opinion, is a very impressive place. Where many ... read more
Multnomah Falls
Japanese Garden
Cannon Beach

North America » United States » Oregon » Portland July 14th 2016

Bonjour à tous, Ma nuit un enfer. Nous sommes rentré de souper vers 10h, une petite cigarette, autour du piano de rue, où il y a toujours un "musicos" qui s'arrête jouer un morceau. Vers 10h30, je me remets à ma page d'écriture, avec espoir que le wifi ne coupe pas. Dans la chambre à côté, ça chante à tu-tête, pas grave, je suis occupé. Peu avant minuit je poste le blog, 10 minutes de lecture, et dans les draps. Première surprise, un gros creux dans le matelas, je suis au fond d'une vallée. Dehors le piano joue toujours, la rue est assez calme, j'ai un peu de mal à trouver le sommeil, mais la bonne marche d'aujourd'hui m'aide à le trouver. A 3 heure du matin je fais un bond, juste en bas, sous ma ... read more
Pittock Mansion
USA National Bank
Pittock Mansion

North America » United States » Oregon » Portland July 12th 2016

Bonjour à tous, Je précise Portland Oregon, car il existe un autre Portland, dans le Maine, sur le bord de l'Océan Atlantique. où j'ai eu l'occasion de faire étape l'an dernier, au jour 1. La surprise du jour, est, où Pier à réservé. En plein centre ville, très bien situé. Totalement atypique. Pas auberge de jeunesse, pas YMCA, je n'ai pas de mot pour le décrire, en tout cas un hôtel pour une clientèle jeune où les couloirs sont plus près de sentir l'herbe, que la savonette. Pas pour des vieux "prostateux" car les toilettes sont communes dans le couloir, ainsi que les douches. L'histoire d'après Pier, ce serait une ancienne école, destinée à la démolition, qui aurait été rachetée et transformée en hôtel. Chaque chambre est unique, chacune d'elles ayant été décorées par un artiste ... read more
Portland OR
une image de la ville

North America » United States » Oregon » Portland May 1st 2016

To finish up the story of our flight from Madrid to Dallas to Portland. I should have known better than to book a flight through Dallas in tornado season, We were originally coming back from Madrid to Chicago, then on to PDX. Between November and March American Airlines made the the switch to Dallas. Of course Chicago could have had ever thunderstorms and tornados in the vicinity of Ohara too, but the way the weather had been treating Texas I should have expected the 6 hour rain delay. After 11 hours of being on the Madrid-Dallas flight, which as fairly comfortable on a 777-200, we made a big mistake by not being a Admiral Club membership and instead hung out on the concourse with the real travelers, all who we tight lipped Oregonians just wanting to ... read more

North America » United States » Oregon » Portland March 27th 2016

Geo: 45.5118, -122.676West of Downtown Portland is the Washington Park within which lies Portland Japanese Garden. It is reputed to be the most authentic Japanese garden outside of Japan. It occupied 5.5 acres and took four years to build. It was superb. Every turn presented a different view, each one equally breath-taking. When we got there, it was pouring but it was in fact a blessing in disguise, as all the trees with rain drops on the branches were glistening when the sun eventually emerged from behind the black clouds. There were lots of places to sit down in a tranquil setting, fellow visitors' noises notwithstanding, and contemplate nature, life, the meaning of the universe etc. Alas, all the benches were wet from the rain so we didn't find out what it was like to meditate ... read more
On a Japanese bridge
Rain drops glistening in the sunshine
By one of the many ponds.

North America » United States » Oregon » Portland March 26th 2016

Geo: 45.5118, -122.676We were promised good weather so took advantage of it to explore the majestic Columbia Gorge. It runs for 80 miles and is up to 4000 feet in places, gouged out by a succession of cataclysmic floods at the end of the last Ice Age. Think Cheddar Gorge on steroids! The Columbia River forms the state boundary between Oregon to the south and Washington to the north. Why the Columbia River is not in the District of Columbia and why Columbia University is in New York are matters for Wikipedia. We drove along the Historic Highway past a succession of dramatic waterfalls and spectacular viewpoints.The huge cliffs are made of dark, volcanic basalt, which make for marvellous scenery but must have presented tremendous challenges to the first settlers and to the early roadbuilders.At Bonneville, ... read more
Chanteer Creek
Columbia Gorge
Hind end of a sturgeon

North America » United States » Oregon » Portland March 25th 2016

Geo: 45.5118, -122.676Portlanders value their outdoor space. So it came as no surprise that a forward-thinking governor, Tom McCall, reclaimed land formerly used as a highway and created a park by the Willamette River. It is a nice green space to stroll along when the weather is good (it was raining this morning...). Alas, the view across the river isn't the most picturesque; the highways bypassing Portland are all on the other side of the river. The park also contains a poignant memorial to the 100,000+ Japanese Americans interned during WW2.Portland is twinned with the Chinese city of Suzhou. As part of a cultural exchange programme, each one created a garden in the twinned city. Portland gave Suzhou a rose garden. In return, the Chinese created a classical Chinese garden for Portland. It is very pretty ... read more
Japanese-American Peace Plaza
Lan Su Garden
Inside a pavilion

North America » United States » Oregon » Portland March 24th 2016

Geo: 45.5118, -122.676Jet lag had us up early if not bright and after a healthy breakfast of pound cake �� we went to pick up our hire car. We thought it would be good to have a satnav in the hired vehicle and upgraded to a Dodge Charger. Alan got very excited as he finally got to drive an American muscle car. We drive a Skoda Octavia in the UK, a Dodge Charger is a very different kettle of fish. Our first port of call was the Lemay America's Car Museum, in Tacoma. It's one of the largest private collections in the world and the largest automobile museum in America. What a fantastic collection of iconic American cars! Took lots of photos but will only show a small selection on here. Apart from cars, there was ... read more
America's Car Museum
The First Hall
A 1967 Pontiac GTO

North America » United States » Oregon » Portland October 22nd 2015

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