Portland – part three – walking tour of downtown on a drizzly morning

portland, oregon
We met the tour guide inside this building in the middle of downtown.

I was fortunate enough to have a few lovely sunny days in Portland but just as I was starting to admire the April weather in that part of the world, the skies turned grey and the wet stuff came down. The Portland weather reminded me of England. When the sun is shining it is beautiful. But when it is gloomy it is G-L-O-O-M-Y. Totally depressing.

So that is what I was faced with on my one extra day. The conference ended on the Wednesday so Thursday I was free to wander around the city.

I decided to sign up for a docent-led walking tour so I wouldn’t miss anything important. The rain was coming down pretty heavily as I entered the building to meet the tour guide. When he arrived I was happy when he announced the rain had stopped just in time.

But when we emerged from the building it was still raining. What was up with that? He explained that in Portland if the rain wasn’t coming down in buckets it was considered to be not raining at all. Hmmm… not sure about that!

Not only was it still raining but it was also still freezing. And once again I had not brought my gloves. When will I learn?

I was trying to keep my camera dry by hiding it inside my rain jacket, just taking it out briefly to shoot a picture. I was shivering with the cold so much I could barely hold the camera still. Then, picture taken, I had to run to catch up with the group. But at least I have some snapshots for memories. Enjoy the tour!

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Just before the end of the tour, our guide showed us the world’s smallest park, said to be inhabited by wee leprechauns. Yes, this is it below. At two square feet I don’t think it has much competition for that honor!

portland, oregon

After grabbing some lunch I ventured forth on my own to see some other parts of town. Coming up in Part Four.

Links to my other posts on Portland:



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9 thoughts on “Portland – part three – walking tour of downtown on a drizzly morning

  1. Amy May 25, 2015 / 5:24 pm

    Such a beautiful city! I loved their light rail. 🙂 Thank you for the slide, Roslyn!. 🙂


    • RMW May 29, 2015 / 10:15 am

      Amy, I had intended to take a ride but ran out of time… but it was good to see it integrated into the city streets.

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    • RMW May 29, 2015 / 10:16 am

      Maria, It was on my bucket list so I made the workshop my excuse to visit.


    • RMW May 29, 2015 / 10:16 am

      Thank you.


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