I don't know why, but I've always idealized Portland. Growing up on the East Coast, I always pictured Portland as some kind of fairy tale city -- charmingly tucked into the forests and mountains of Oregon, but still bustling and fun.

So imagine my delight when my family began moving there and I got to visit this weekend. :)

One thing I miss from Seattle is Stumptown Coffee. So good!
It's nice knowing exactly what you'll look like in thirty and fifty years. :)
 I loved the Saturday Market and really had to work hard not to buy way too many things. This painter was especially inspiring -- I can't imagine the hours of practice that went into being able to swiftly crank out these paintings in front of an audience.
 My favorite place in Portland has to be the Japanese garden. Living in California, we don't get a lot of fall leaves, so getting to see them this year was a real treat.

It was really a great weekend, and made me really excited for some upcoming travel S and I have planned! What are some of your favorite places to visit?

xo Diana
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