Portland Sightseeing

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Blagen Building. Each floor has a different window design. On the roof and 4th floor, there are carvings of women with spiked crowns, below the women, two thirds of the way up the 2nd floor are gaping lion heads.
Woke up early, the hotel was not the most pleasant I have ever stayed in. During the night I had to shut the windows because of what I can only describe as a landfill smell was coming into the room. When I checked out I gave a long list of items that I felt was wrong with my room, including the fact they wanted $8 for wireless internet access, which barely worked. The front desk gave me my $8 back and apologized for the smell, but that was about it.

I took a taxi to the train station, checked in my luggage and did a walking tour of the downtown area along the river. I had lunch at a British Pub called the Thirsty Lion. It had recently opened, less than a week, and the staff was very nice and gave me some areas of interest to visit. Food was great too!

Why is it every town has an historic area, but yet nobody can tell you why it is historic? Just because there are old buildings or fountains doesn't make it historic.
New Market Theatre. Upstairs was a 1,200 seat opera house. The building is a long, narrow Victorian style which includes arch carriage entrance portals on the ground floor. In 1882, the Portland Symphony was launched here.
So, off I go to Historic Downtown Portland.

Unfortunately, I was in Portland during a record breaking heat wave. And I wasn't alone. It seems every homeless person in the city decided to be where I wanted to go. The biggest concentration of them was along the waterfront area. It gets old very quickly to be constantly asked for "spare change".

After my walking tour, I went back to the train station and waited for the Empire Builder to depart. I attempted to get a sleeping room while at the station, but the price they were quoting me was too high. I will wait until I am onboard the train and ask the conductor if any are available. 48 hours on a train, yes I need a sleeper car!
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Blagen Building. Each floor has a …
Blagen Building. Each floor has a…
New Market Theatre. Upstairs was a…
New Market Theatre. Upstairs was …
Bridge over Willamette River
Bridge over Willamette River
Portland skyline
Portland skyline
Portland Train Station
Portland Train Station
Front of the Portland Train Station
Front of the Portland Train Station
The Thirsty Lion, great pub to eat…
The Thirsty Lion, great pub to ea…
Heading out of Portland, 47 1/2 ho…
Heading out of Portland, 47 1/2 h…
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