Fair Portland, City of Roses
Top: Skyline of the Portland Waterfront at dusk.
Middle: View of Mt. Hood at sunset, with downtown Portland in the foreground.
Bottom: The infamous Portland sign at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.
How I do love this city of mine! On this sunny day, one of the last we'll have before rainy autumn sets in, I've been thinking about all the wonderful things I love about this city. I found a nice website that actually does Portland justice...look HERE.Things I love about Portland:All the unique and lovely bridges crossing the Willamette River.
The annual Rose Festival every June, and how a big city can feel like a small community.
Our magnificent Portlandia statue, the 2nd largest in the world (only the Statue of Liberty is bigger).
You can legally play in every single public fountain in downtown Portland (my favorite are the huge waterfalls at Four Corners Park).
Powell's Bookstore. Yes, we have the largest independent bookstore in the world, and yes, it IS that cool. Check them out at Powell's Books.
The fact that we haven't torn down all our old buildings to build new ones...and all the history it lends to our city.
The Oregon Zoo, where the worlds largest Asian elephant herd lives (and one of my favorite haunts in this city).
Washington Park and the Rose Garden....the most magnificent views of Portland can be seen from up there, and I love that I can go there and wander through the roses for free, anytime I feel like it.
That people here are NICE!
Mayor Vera Katz.
No sales tax.
One of the best, and classiest, public transportation systems in the US.
There are so many more things I love....but I shall leave you with that.