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Roadtripping the Pacific Northwest – First days in Portland

Discovering the Northwest, particularly Oregon, has always ranked high on my bucket list. On Saturday our trip through the area finally started – in lovely Portland. Our gorgeous Airbnb apartment was the perfect beginning of an incredible trip.

© Janine Juna Grafe - Portland

© Janine Juna Grafe - Portland

© Janine Juna Grafe - Portland

After a little nap fighting the massive weariness of my 10-hour-flight it was time to discover the surroundings. And – by chance – the hip Alberta Arts District was only 15 minutes by foot away from our accommodation. The excellent coffee at Case Study supported the comfy mattress in making me fit again just perfectly.

© Janine Juna Grafe - Portland

© Janine Juna Grafe - Portland

And wandering along Alberta Street made me really feel at home…

© Janine Juna Grafe - Portland

© Janine Juna Grafe - Portland

On our second day in Portland we took the bus to downtown.

© Janine Juna Grafe - Portland

© Janine Juna Grafe - Portland

One of Portland’s must-do things is Powell’s. A bookstore so huge you even need a map for it. I call it heaven.

© Janine Juna Grafe - Portland

© Janine Juna Grafe - Portland

Moreover, it was beautiful to see that even Downtown was extremely relaxed and peaceful – just as the rest of the city is. Oh and look at all those cute colours!

© Janine Juna Grafe - Portland

© Janine Juna Grafe - Portland

© Janine Juna Grafe - Portland

Another thing on my list was having coffee at Stumptown Coffee Roasters, Portland’s most famous coffee house. To my surprise, it was solid but nothing special. Just the more curious I am to explore all the other coffee places once I’m back in Portland at the end of the week!

© Janine Juna Grafe - Portland

In the evening we enjoyed the best Indian streetfood on Alberta Street again. Bollywood Theater lives up to its name, showing Bollywood movies non-stop. Luckily though the sound was switched off to give way to the voices of The Smiths and Beach House. What a brilliant spot!

© Janine Juna Grafe - Portland

© Janine Juna Grafe - Portland

Now we are off with our rental car down south to spend some days at picturesque Crater Lake and later the Redwoods National Park. You coming?

4 Comments

  1. golddippedchaos says

    Great pictures!! Portland is my home and I’m glad you enjoyed your time here. There is so much to see (and eat!) Glad I found your blog!
    -Heather

    • Thanks so much, Heather! I’m actually back here for the day 🙂 Heading off to Seattle tomorrow. This was definitely not my last time in PDX, though. Your hometown is a true beauty!

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