Monday, December 3, 2012

i left my heart in portland.

i had high expectations for portland, as i have been daydreaming of visiting there since this book came out (almost ten years ago) and have been told time and time again how much i'd love it. and, amazingly enough, it exceeded my expectations. i have never been to a city quite like it.. it is so relaxed and laid back (which suits the hubs and i quite nicely). i wasn't expecting people there to be so friendly! it didn't have the pretentious air of other cities i've enjoyed. loved that. i even made a friend on the light rail; actually, joel did too (each on separate occasions). the light rail system made it so convenient to get around, and enabled us to check out quite a few neighborhoods.. loved how each had its own thing going on. so many unique restaurants, bars and coffee shops!



thank you to everyone who offered up suggestions -- they were all delightful // i spent pretty much an entire day at Powell's (one of the largest independently-owned bookstores in the country). and we had really freaking fantastic food. there seemed to be an endless amount of amazing choices, most of which sourced from local farms :D (favorites included :: por que nomother's, pok pok, clyde common & bunk sandwiches... thank you Bon Bon!! i have particularly craved the tacos from por que no & the roasted brussels sprouts sandwich from bunk since). man, i would love to live somewhere with such amazing (and sustainable) food offerings!!

oh and i would also love living near Olivia of For Me. we met up one afternoon, and let me tell you, she is a gem of a human being, beautiful inside and out. i am oh so sad that we forgot to get a picture together, but glad it's because we had engaging conversation :)

on our last day there (and hubby's only free day), we decided to rent a car (cost us a whole $12) and check out some more of your guys' recommendations. SO glad we did. i was not expecting Oregon to be so breathtakingly beautiful!! Mulnomah Falls was one of the most awe-inspiring sights i have ever beholden. it seriously looked like something out of Lord of the Rings; it felt so other-worldly to me. the brightest green i can ever remember seeing (except for maybe Ireland), and the moss!! it was so magical. i actually cried a little during our drive there, it was so majestic.


after the Falls, we headed West to the Pacific. again, i was absolutely blown away by the beauty, the whole drive there. particularly through the Tillamook Forest.. was not expecting to drive through more mountains (being a flatlander, i am in love with mountains). the heavy mist that enveloped them made for an enchanting (sometimes eery) and magnificent drive. by the time we got to the Pacific, the misty rain had become a violent downpour, so we basically ran out of our car to get a photo and then ran right back in. but i'm still so glad we got to experience the Oregon coast. oh and the Tillamook Cheese Factory.. free cheese samples, yum!

so, in conclusion, portland is my new favorite place. joel and i both completely fell in love. we left agreeing that we would be back.. i'm hoping it's sooner rather than later! it was strange how at-home i felt there... i've never bonded with a city like that before. oh portland, i can't wait until we meet again!


17 comments:

Olivia said...

yayaayyayayayaayayay <3 you friend, so glad we got to hang!!

Dancing Branflake said...

I'm dying. Absolutely dying. Your photos are like a dream. You are seriously one talented photography. And freakin adorable.

Bon Bon said...

I know, right?!:-) Come back again soon! xoxo

Brooke said...

Its so easy to fall in love with Portland! So glad you loved it. xo

kristyn said...

so jealous. it's gorgeous!

xo,
kristyn

Erika @ rouge + whimsy said...

just you wait until you visit seattle...

:)

erin m. said...

I lived in Portland for a year, and your pictures make me miss it so much!! I'm glad you loved it, it's such a special place!

Julia said...

your photography is beautiful!

Karen A. said...

Beautiful pictures and I love your boots! :)

Milynn {Love + Whimsy} said...

stunning! absolutely stunning, I've seen so many beautiful photos of portland and it's a place I feel I would really love, never having visited. But it's so completely different from florida's landscape that I grew up around. so beautiful!

becca said...

GORGEOUS!
that first picture is crazy.
and portland sounds so amazing!!! I'm happy you loved it so.

Magical Day Dream said...

I can imagine, these sights are so beautiful! I wish we had nature like that here in The Netherlands.. :)

x

marielle

Ana Cooks said...

wooooooow!is that paradise?
great shots!
weel done girl!

Little Tree Vintage said...

awesome shots, this is gorgeous

Blond Duck said...

That bridge photo is wonderful!

Annabelle said...

All those waterfall pictures! Gah! I always have wanted to go to Portland! Any place where you can wear hunters every day sounds fantastic.

Angela said...

just stumbled across your blog for the first time!

i was in Portland for my second time over last weekend (just blogged it) because the bf & i are considering moving from Seattle soon & Portland is a possibility.
so this is a good post to see! (though i am now really sad we opted out of the falls at the last minute because it is so cold out.)

i got so overwhelmed at Powell's with all the people there, i think i'd love it more in the morning or something. i ended up going home & ordering lots of books from them online.

happy new year!