City of Roses

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Inside of Powell’s books

Bookstores make me really happy. Especially independently owned ones. Powell’s city of books is the largest independently owned bookstore in the country. And it happened to be in our next stop: Portland! We spent about two hours in the store and I don’t think I stopped smiling the entire time I was there. Rooms and rooms of words that have captivated generations. From the classics to memoirs to trashy romance novels. It was glorious. I have always loved to read, and I probably own too many books, to be honest.

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Accurate description of Stephen King and his ability to crank out novels.
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We found the famous Portland White Stag sign

But Powell’s was only one of our stops during our day in Portland. We also visited the Portland Saturday Market, a fantastic combination of jewelry stands, fine art, clever t-shirts, delicious foods, and even one stand that sold arts and crafts that were created from repurposing silverware. It was a really cool place to be able to walk around, so I’m glad we went there on a Saturday. We also met another of Katie’s friends at Deschutes brewery, and then continued on to Salt & Straw, Portland’s famous ice creamery, which had flavors like caramel corn on the cob, aberquina olive oil, cinnamon snickerdoodle, and honey lavender. Luckily, they let you try as many flavors as you want, so we were able to discover just what some of these peculiar flavors tasted like.

 

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One of the pillars outside of Powell’s
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Salt & Straw!

Our brief overview of Portland made it seem like a very cool place to live. Hopefully I’ll come back to visit some day.

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Of course we stopped for a taster flight from an Oregon brewery
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