The greatest fun in travel is discovering the unexpected. We lucked out with museums, galleries, restaurants, and sights. Rain and clouds that didn't break except for our two hours in the Japanese Garden never seemed to get in the way.
There's that show we've never seen. Yet we found ourselves in Portland all the same.
We'll have to see what all the "Portlandia" fuss is about.
In the annex bldg. of the art museum, you look down a long hall and see this.
We love the smell of Chihuly in the morning.
Alongside an exhibit of ancient Chinese art, the permanent collection has great contemporary Asian works.
Matsuo Jun's salt-glazed stoneware resembles glass. Amazing.
William Morris's construction, "Artifacts," took up two stories of wall space.
This is but a small detail shot. Portland's is a great museum.
There was an exhibit of John Frame, and though photography wasn't allowed, I did buy the catalog, the seal of which remains unbroken. There were no labels on the walls, in fact the room was blackened save for the works, and only this grand collection of what, for lack of a better word, were 'action figures.'
That will be some future stand-alone post.
You may think this Cezanne's.
It's actually a Rothko. He's from Portland and we caught the exhibit.
Say it with me like Seinfeld said "Newman."
The lift at the Pioneer Sq. courthouse has been modernized only for safety.
Few do detail work like this courthouse staircase.
Few do seafood this well.
Downtown has its river features.
I'm guessing the hotel hoped we'd keep this to ourselves.
"Thank you; I'd love to take your survey."
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1. Oregon Postcard
Scanned receipts, maps, tickets, etc.
2. Burnside Bridge and Towers
3. Dale Chihuly "Papé l'arbre, 2001" Glass
4. Matsuo Jun "Salt-glazed Vase, 2000-2003"
5. William Morris "Artifact Panel" 2000 (detail)
Commissioned in commemoration of the Project for the Millenium
6. Mark Rothko "Untitled (Still life with pitcher)," c. 1926
Oil on canvas board - National Gallery, Washington
7. Mark Rothko "Self-Portrait," 1936 - oil on canvas
8. 9th Circuit Elevator
9. Courthouse Staircase
10. Jakes Famous Crawfish (b/w)
11. Port-Land-Ear "Russel No" (slight tint)
12. Embarrassy Suites w/ View of Mechanicals