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Portland, Or

After the Japanese Gardens we headed through the city and down to the Portland Saturday Market on Waterfront Park. Wandering the stalls of this artisan market, there were some wonderful products for sale, but nothing that really stood out for me to buy as a souvenir – or that I was going to risk losing on entry on arrival into Australia. As a local or American resident I would have spent a small fortune collecting items.
Crossing the street I fished out the first US dollars I have touched in the time I’ve been here and bought myself an elephant ear. No, no elephants were hurt in the process. It is a large deep-fried donut like food, only flat and with very little ‘cake’ texture in the middle. A sweet bread almost, covered in cinnamon sugar. Totally bad for you, but it tastes oh so good.
After that we wandered a few blocks of the city. The buildings are a beautiful mix of old and new, and because this is new to me, I just had to get pictures.
We then wandered across Steel Bridge, 1 of 9 (or 12 depending on where you count them from) that cross the Wilamette River before walking back to the car and taking a quick drive through Fort Vancouver.
And just in time too, the wind picked up and it started raining.

It’s now time for a wine (I found a nice ‘import’, read Australian made) and a light meal, chilling at home nice and early (read, before 6pm). I say a light meal because aside from the elephant ear, we started the day with a very American breakfast – a pancake wrapped omelette & bacon, massive hash brown and a side of biscuits and gravy. Huge and oh so much food. See below comment about the elephant ear as to why there is no picture just yet. Neither of us could finish it and so the doggy bag was packed and brought home for her husband.


I have a picture of the elephant ear on my phone, but it was playing silly buggers and wasn’t uploading. I promise it will be posted here for you.
Jen

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Japanese Gardens – Portland, Or.

This morning broke with overcast weather, that threatened all sorts of fun, but was thoughtful enough to play nice. It was decided we head over to Portland and see the Japanese Gardens there before doing the Saturday Markets.
There are Japanese Gardens and then there is Portland’s Japanese Gardens. Omg! Even though there were quite a few people there, it was not noisy and very peaceful place to be.
We spent a lovely hours collecting photos and memories.

The local plants that surrounded the feature of the Japanese worked in such a way as to make the Japanese aspect stand out as the point of difference.

Checking out the US and Canada..

is it ironic that my first trip outside of Aus is with Virgin..?

is it ironic that my first trip outside of Aus is with Virgin..?

leg 1 - Aus to USA

The start of a whirlwind trip – I still can’t believe it!

Having a great week!
Jen