May 282014
 

Portland is Oregon’s largest city, although not the capital, and is known for it’s environmental values, liberal politics, hipsters, beer, coffee and roses to name a few. Such satirised in the Portlandia Organic Chicken Sketch (YouTube). We stayed in Nob Hill near the gardens and a very trendy cafe/restaurant/shop scene. You could catch the street car for $1 (two hour ticket). It is also bike friendly, has a light rail, bus system and over 1000 electric car charging stations.

Gilbert Building

Gilbert Building

We mainly just wandered, shopped (no sales tax in Oregon) and had coffee and beer. A few things of note were the International Rose Test Garden – almost in full bloom, the Holocaust Memorial – for those lost and those who survived and immigrated to Oregon.

Holocaust Memorial

Holocaust Memorial

Rose Garden

Rose Garden

The statue Portlandia is the second largest copper statue in the USA. No prizes for guessing the largest.

Portlandia

Portlandia

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