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Chandelier at Pioneer Place Shopping Center – Downtown Portland, OR

Check out the cool chandelier at Pioneer Place.  The [lobby] light reflections in the balls caught my eye!

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Portland: Street People

I like that Portland is a VERY bike friendly city.  I like the rain. However, there is NO way I would want to live in Portland simply due to all the homeless/street people harassing you all day long begging for money.  I thought the beggars were bad in Calgary, but nothing compares to Portland.

Just about all downtown restaurants have signs on the door: Restrooms for Patrons Only.  All the smoking and spitting.  Ugh.  How do they have money for cigarettes?  And the ones I saw with cell phones, their phones were fancier than mine!

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Portland: Voodoo Donuts


If you look at just about any “Top 10 List” of things to do or eat in Portland, going to Voodoo Donuts usually makes the list. They are open 24/7 and are known for long lines all the time [true], and for off beat donuts, such as:
* Bacon Maple Bar – donut with maple frosting and bacon on top
* Donuts with frosting and cereal on top [Captain Crunch, Fruit Loops, Coco-puffs…]

I like a simple white cake donut with chocolate frosting. I’ve been twice and found this type of donut to just be mediocre. The ones at safeway are much better.

I recommend skipping this place.

22 Southwest 3rd Avenue [@ Burnside]
Portland, OR 97204-2713
(503) 241-4704

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Portland: Zip Car

What is this sign?

The first time I saw this orange sign I wondered what it meant/stood for. I kept asking locals what it signified, but NO one seemed to know. Then I realized that it is a sign to show Zipcar [car sharing] locations, which have specific parking spaces around the city, usually at the end of the block.

I wonder why locals don’t know this?

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Portland – Isabel’s is My Fav Breakfast Place

Next time you are in Portland and are hungry for breakfast, you should go to Isabel’s. Really good and healthy food.

Beware: There is NO sign. [Which is the reason I didn’t take a photo…nothing to take a photo of.]

330 NW 10th [at Flanders]
Portland, OR 97209
503.222.4333

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Portland: Need to Show ID When Using a Credit Card


Pioneer Place Shopping Mall

When I was in Portland I helped out the local economy. Each time I used my credit card [in a store, NOT a restaurant], I was asked for my ID. I finally asked a sales clerk if seeing an ID was some sort of Portland law. Nope…with the increase of meth addiction in Gresham [Portland suburb], identity theft was quite common.

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It Rains in Portland!

We were in Portland for 5 days. Guess how many days it rained ALL day long?

FIVE!

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Portland: Favorite Sculptures


In a town that seems to have at least two sculptures each block, seems to have more sculptures per capita than any other city [ha], these are my favorite three.

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Apple Store in Portland

Always seem to be bustling with people. I dare you to find someone over 40 in the store! NOTE: moms accompanying their kids do NOT count.

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Portland: Green Bikes

If you’re gonna ride a bike in Portland, it better be green!

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