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So, the Country Mouse + City Mouse hint. Richard Scarry's version of that story was one of my favorites when I was wee. I still want to live in his illustrations.
Where I want to live is precisely what I was hinting at, actually. The City Mouse was checking out the country, and the Country Mouse was visiting the city. This City Gal knows she wants to live elsewhere, but she doesn't know exactly where. I thought it would be fun to survey some cities to determine their potential (but I promise to be far more polite and gracious than City Mouse was!). So, for the next nine posts, I'll focus on nine different cities, and write about attractions, restaurants, events, and various other pull factors that seem pretty swell.
In honor of Oregon's Rose Bowl victory yesterday, let's start in the Beaver State. Despite almost being deterred by how the city is portrayed in Portlandia, I'm thinking Portland, Oregon, is a pretty super place to live. (Yes, I know UO is in Eugene, not Portland. I just wanted to make my post seem timely, 'k?)
I visited Portland about ten years ago, and I had three favorite spots: Voodoo Doughnuts, Powell's Books, and Multnomah Falls at the Columbia River Gorge. Swoon, swoon, and swoon. Wouldn't mind hitting up those three spots on the regular.
Brief and superficial research has led me to discover a few other promising tidbits:
- Portland boasts both the largest urban park in the United States, Forest Park, AND the smallest park in the world, Mills End Park. Fun little juxtaposition.
- The Museum of Contemporary Craft and a number of other museums look intriguing. (Read: Portland has an entire museum dedicated to hats. Hats, I said!)
- Seems as though there is always some sort of fest going on.
- Somewhere in the city, an orange public restroom exists.
- Hello, no sales tax!
- Oh, and did I mention the 24 Hour Church of Elvis?!!! (Um, the official website scares me, but the yelp reviews seem reassuring.)
Tag—you're it! Have you ever visited (or lived in) Portland? What makes it awesome? What are some must-sees, must-eats, and must-do's?