Monday, June 29, 2015

City of Roses

Portland's nicknames include City of Roses, Bridgetown/Bridge City, Beervana, Rip City, PDX and P-town.

Portland has the most strip clubs per capita, including a vegan strip club.

Portland has 58 breweries within city limits and counting.

Portland is home to the International Rose Test Garden.

Portland has 10 bridges.

Portland is home to the largest independent bookstore in the US, the largest city park in the US, and the second largest hammered-copper statue in the US (after the Statue of Liberty).

Portland has 600+ food trucks.

Portland is divided into five quadrants.

You heard me.  Five quadrants.

Portland is in the Willamette Valley between the Pacific ocean and the Cascade Mountains at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia rivers, and has views of Mount St Helens, Mt Hood and Mt Tabor - all active or formerly active volcanoes.

Portland's sport is football - actual, not American - and the team is the Portland Timbers.

Portland is the second largest port for wheat shipping in the entire World.

Portland is responsible for: Courtney Love, Dandy Warhols, Elliott Smith, Sleater-Kinney, The Shins
And Matt Groening.

Portland is home to Stumptown Coffee Roasters, which in Brooklyn is slang for 'I know what I'm talking about when it comes to coffee'.

Portland is 16% parkland.

If you think roses, local beer, street food, books, nature, indie music, agriculture and questionable maths sound like things I'd be into - YOU'RE RIGHT.

It's like it was designed with me in mind.  Cheers Portland.  Here's a collection of views from around town taken over the whole trip whilst bopping around with no specific goal in mind.  The next posts will get a little more specific.

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