{travel} portland thru instagram

I travelled to Portland a few weeks ago. The purpose of the travel was for pure exploration and to be adventurers. To go to a city where we didn’t know anyone, sightsee and explore a new place and check out the food scene.

See, my high school friends and I all love to travel and we all travelled as a group to NYC in 2004 and Seattle in 2009. But as we got older, got married and started having kids, it has become more challenging to plan a group trip together. But somehow we made it happen.

This was my first time being away from baby, so it was a big deal for me. We planned this trip back in November, so as the travel date got closer, I felt more anxious and nervous about being apart from him.  I came close (twice) to calling the airline and changing my return flight home to an earlier time, but glad that I stayed with the original plan. So hubby and baby had their own fun adventure while I was gone, and I had a great time with my friends in Portland.

Portland is such a beautiful city and I hope to be back again, hopefully in warmer season and with the whole family. Our weekend getaway was only for 3 days, so with limited time, we did our best to visit a variety of places. I took a ton of pictures from my DSLR camera, and hope to find time to blog about them soon. But for now, here are the pictures from my Iphone and instagram.

 

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We visited a lot of cafes and I enjoyed my lattes. This is something I don’t do at home, I’m happy making coffee at home, but when I’m traveling, I like to visit cafes where the locals hangout and just relax and observe.

It was cold during the trip, but we craved ice cream when we saw Salt & Straw. I had the Pear & Blue Cheese flavor as well as the Honey Lavender flavor. I really wanted to taste all the flavors but limited myself to two.

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We also ventured away from the city and visited Multnomah Falls and the surrounding area. (Twilight fans anyone?) It was such a beautiful day and we lucked out on the weather, since it had been raining the week prior.

Our private food tour ended up stretching to 4 hours and included 7 stops. We finished with very fully bellies.

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We had a huge group, flew in from 3 different airports, 2 rental cars, several hotel rooms, too many layers of clothing to count…..so glad we made this trip happen and I was able to catch up with everyone. I’m grateful for my husband who watched our little guy at home. This trip gave me a new appreciation of mommy time and friends time.

As they say, Keep Portland Weird (we saw these signs everywhere). We loved it just the way it is.

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Comments

  1. itzyskitchen says:

    Leaving the baby for the first time is soooo hard!! Glad you went. Those lattes look amazing. Ive always wanted to go to portland

  2. I seriously need to go to portland before I turn 30! It looks like such an amazing city and I have some girlfriends there :)

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