A Weekend In Portland

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The beautiful city of Portland has many nicknames. It’s called the City of Roses, Bridgetown, Stumptown, Rip City and Soccer City USA. I think the perfect nickname for this beautiful place should be ‘Green Land’.

The first thing we noticed on reaching Portland was the abundance of green — beautiful green fields and huge green trees covering the entire city. One would love to get lost in them and we did that for next 2 days! There was a beautiful casual environment, fresh air, much less pollution and not very commercial. Coming from sunny California, it felt a little chilly in the morning but by the afternoon, it became pleasantly warm. With just two days in hand, we didn’t get enough time to see a lot but we were happy with whatever we covered.

This post is overloaded with photos and I blame this beautiful place where anybody who loves to takes pictures can find a zillion things to capture.

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Sauvie Island in Portland – This is where we spent out first day. The plan was to hike, bike and go kayaking. However, we spent the whole day just enjoying the scenic beauty and walking on the beach.

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On our way back, we stopped at the beautiful Kruger’s farmer’s market. I absolutely loved the place. It was huge and had beautifully arranged, lovely picnic tables below the trees for you to relax after you get tired of walking and buying.

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We settled down with some apricot flavored beer, sausages and steamed corn.

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Voodoo Doughnuts – You cannot leave Portland without eating these doughnuts. Check out the queue! We had to wait for about 30 minutes, got drenched in rain but at the end, it was totally worth the effort. These are the best doughnuts we ever tasted. Damn! I am missing it now.

I hope they open up a shop out here too!

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Powell Bookstore – Another must visit place if you love reading. It’s a huge bookstore but very nicely organized and color-coded as per sections. I don’t have any photo of the store. But here are some other photos of the town that I clicked on the way.

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Multnomah Falls is a Must – We have seen a lot of waterfalls but this one is magnificent. Out of the ordinary and mind blowing gorgeous! We waked up to the bridge on top and it feels so fresh when the cold water hits your face. Well, after a while my hands were almost frozen.

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Gardens: As we all know, Portland is famous for its gardens, mostly rose garden. We visited a rose garden that unfortunately was kind of a disappointment. There were a lot of buds but hardly any roses. Maybe, it was not the right time of the year.

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The Japanese garden, which was just opposite to the Rose Garden, was beautiful, quiet and peaceful. That was our last stop in Portland.

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  • Soma
    July 4, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    ah! makes me wanna go back there again!! Such beautiful photographs! We were there years ago, when P was only 5 months old,snoozing in a little baby carrier pouched by A or me:) The falls is indeed beautiful!! We were in Mt. Hood and the Canon Beach too and there was snow in the mountains in August! freezing cold. No donuts for us 🙁

  • Ansh
    July 4, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    Incredible Pics. I haven’t been to Portland, but its on my to go list. May be soon!

  • Manasi
    July 4, 2012 at 8:52 PM

    What breathtaking pictures. I saqw the ne with the pink blossoms on FB and thought, that, is my favorite, but when I look at the whole post, i am saying that for all the pictures in turn! I love, love love the pictures. Thanks for the virtual tour!

  • Sayantani
    July 4, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    breathtaking clicks Kankana. waterfall er chobita dekhe mone hcohhe I can sit there for a long long time. so calming.

  • Rose ( Magpie's Recipes)
    Rose ( Magpie's Recipes)
    July 4, 2012 at 10:05 PM

    oh my gosh so gorgeous! that waterfall with the bridge over it is just breathtaking.

  • Rosa
    July 4, 2012 at 10:33 PM

    Gorgeous clicks and place! I dream of visiting Portland and Oregon.



  • Nami | Just One Cookbook
    Nami | Just One Cookbook
    July 4, 2012 at 11:54 PM

    Wow… gorgeous pictures! I’ve been to Portland once and I really enjoyed the trip. However I didn’t know about Voodoo Doughnuts! Thank you for sharing the photos!

  • Spandana
    July 5, 2012 at 1:05 AM

    Beautiful Pictures Kankana. I have never visited any other places expect NY, DC and Philly.
    May be I can visit more of US in my trip this month 🙂

  • Arch
    July 5, 2012 at 1:31 AM

    Such beautiful pictures Kankana and such lovely colours…And those doughnuts look super ! Why voodoo, though ?

  • Ruthie
    July 5, 2012 at 3:11 AM

    I moved to Beaverton (Portland) two years ago and I love the scenery here. You have offered such beautiful captures. My friend Larra shared these with me. I don’t have a car to get around to distant places, but I’m slowly working my way around Portland. It took me over a year to get used to the weather and begin moving about – now I am very happy here, rain and all. Thank you!

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      July 9, 2012 at 12:51 PM

      Thanks Ruthie for dropping 🙂 I seriously wish to visit Portland once again!

  • shruti
    July 5, 2012 at 3:54 AM

    i know about voodoo doughnuts since it came on tlc – interesting eatout. the 1st image took my breath away….i love green !

  • Eha
    July 5, 2012 at 4:05 AM

    You brought back some beautiful memories of long ago, Kankana! Had some dear friends living there: remember the awesome Falls on our travels. The photo series could have gone on and on for me . . . thank you!

  • Charles
    July 5, 2012 at 4:37 AM

    Thanks so much for sharing these beautiful photos Kankana – that waterfall especially is *incredible*, especially with that beautiful bridge arching across the gap there. Love the look of the gardens at the end too – wonderfully colourful!

  • Shri
    July 5, 2012 at 5:11 AM

    Gorgeous Kankana! It just soaks in to you!:-)

  • Debjani
    July 5, 2012 at 6:43 AM

    How absolutely beautiful is this post! The white rose is magical.

  • Notyet100
    July 5, 2012 at 8:49 AM

    Pictures say it all ,..beautiful. Clicks

  • Sanjeeta kk
    Sanjeeta kk
    July 5, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    What wonderful clicks, Kankana..glad that you had fun throughout your trip with your camera and nature!

  • Radhika@foodfor7stag
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    July 5, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    I want to go there NOW!! Breathtaking pictures K. You are a Canon Diva

  • Reem | Simply Reem
    Reem | Simply Reem
    July 5, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    OK, This is a post I have been waiting from you… Travel And Photography!!
    You are the finest one Kankana, I have told you million of times and will keep saying….
    Beautiful I love the bee on the flower and the hot links n everything…
    You just made me enjoy a beautiful trip through the yes of ur lens!!

  • Kitchen Belleicious
    Kitchen Belleicious
    July 5, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    Ever single picture evokes so mch emotion. They are stunning and bring the country farm girl I am (my parents are farmers-third generation) my favorite pics of those on the farm! Hope you had a great 4th my friend!

  • trishie
    July 5, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    So much greenery! Very pretty, i love your pics

  • Deepa
    July 5, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    Multnomah fall er chobi ta oshadhoron hoyeche. Wish to go there sometime. no doubt jayega ta bhari shundor but credit goes to the photographer for capturing beautiful photos Kankana

  • mjskit
    July 5, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    I love Portland! So many wonderful places to go and see. I’ve been to a lot of these places and you captured them beautifully!

  • rebecca
    July 5, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    lovely pictures i want to go he he

  • Liren
    July 5, 2012 at 11:33 PM

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! One of my dearest friends lived in Portland for several years, and for various reasons here and there, my planned visits to her always got foiled. I always meant to visit while she was there to show me to these beautiful spots. Your trip has reminded me that I still need to go!

  • Ritu
    July 6, 2012 at 1:18 AM

    Beautiful pictures Kankana!

  • Marta @ What Should
    Marta @ What Should
    July 6, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    I don’t know why but “weekend in Portland” sounds better than “weekend in Kazimierz” – the polish small town that looks similar to Poland. maybe it’s because I’ve read so much about Portland and always wanted to go there. I love your pictures. I can see myself over there through them 🙂

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen
    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen
    July 6, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    Gorgeous! The waterfall is just beautiful and must have been quite a sight to see in person.

  • Anamika@madcooking
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    July 6, 2012 at 10:50 PM

    Such beautiful photographs Kankana! Camera and Nature is a deadly combo and can see it right here too :).

  • Joanne
    July 7, 2012 at 3:04 AM

    I’ve always wanted to go to portland and you’ve proven that I really do need to go!

  • wok with ray
    wok with ray
    July 7, 2012 at 8:18 AM

    Beautiful scenery and you photos are simply gorgeous. Have a good weekend, Kankana.

    ~ ray ~

  • Magic of Spice
    Magic of Spice
    July 7, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    What a beautiful place, and photos…lovely!
    Hope you are having a wonderful weekend 🙂

  • dassana
    July 8, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    beautiful pics kankana. you have captured the beauty of the places so well…

  • Maureen
    July 8, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    Gorgeous! I want to go. (I also want Voodoo doughnuts!)

  • Vishakha
    July 8, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    Stunning pictures! Each and every one of them. Tough to pick favorites when each pic is beautiful in its own way. The sepia / b&w pics are particularly super!

  • what Liberty Ate
    what Liberty Ate
    July 9, 2012 at 12:49 AM

    Indeed, such a beautiful city and really lovely shots! I love the melange of the modern city with the calm and beauty of the nature.

  • Tanvi@SinfullySpicy
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    July 9, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    Oh hiw I wish I could visit Portland! Those falls look like an experience. Cant wait to go to this city. Gorgeous pictures K 😉

  • Tadka Pasta
    Tadka Pasta
    July 9, 2012 at 9:11 PM

    How beautiful! Makes me want to go back once again. Thanks for sharing these.

  • Kiran
    July 10, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    Gorgeous gorgeous photos — I want to visit Portland. Like, right now 😀

  • Jacqueline
    July 12, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    Kankana, thanks for taking me on a trip to Portland. Absolutely beautiful photos – I’m not surprised that you spent so much time walking and snapping with such marvellous scenery.
    That waterfall is stunning!

  • Asmita
    July 13, 2012 at 5:04 AM

    Absolutely stunning pictures. I cannot wait to see Portland now.

  • sally
    July 15, 2012 at 5:32 PM

    Beautiful photos! It sounds like a great trip.

  • nipponnin
    July 15, 2012 at 8:44 PM

    Why didn’t you call me when you were in Portland? My daughter(little foodies- visiting from Hawaii at that time) and I would have liked to meet you then. I’m so happy to hear that you liked Portland. Thank you so much for lovely words and photos.
    PS- My daughter and her husband were at Multnomah Fall on July 1st. I think they are in the picture!? Can you see them on the bridge? Just kidding!

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      July 17, 2012 at 2:26 PM

      oh gosh! I wanted to .. seriously, but then we had such limited time in hand. Just 2 days in Portland and 1 day in Seattle. Plus we had another couple with us and I was not sure we would any extra time in hand. The good news is.. i might visit Portland again .. and at that time, I will for sure let you know in advance. 🙂

  • Tes
    July 17, 2012 at 7:41 AM

    Gorgeous pics 🙂 What a great trip 🙂

  • Ella-HomeCookingAdv
    July 29, 2012 at 6:46 AM

    My brother is living in Portland and when we went visiting him last year he took us to Multnomah Falls. It was very nice and I also loved the road to get there. Nice memories indeed.