Monday, July 07, 2008

A Walking Day in Portland

On vacation in Portland, the husband and I had a magnificent day walking the city yesterday with our friends Tracy and Mark. We started the day with brunch at Helser's where one of our dining companions dared to try the scotch egg, a hard boiled egg wrapped in bratwurst and then deep fried! I had pancakes with Rainier raspberries, a most elegant and document-worthy dish. Then we scooted down to downtown and happened upon our first Benson Bubbler, one of his many elegant water fountains in Portland installed by Mr. Benson to encourage the temperance of his fellow Portland citizens. I wonder how well that worked... We took in the city streets, the skyline, the decorative flourishes on the sides of the buildings. Portlandia, the female with the trident, protects the city just a block down from city hall. Her mammoth form was trucked in down the avenue and there is a very amusing plaque below her commemorating her travel into the city.

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