Portland, Oregon, has to be my favorite city in all of the United States. With it’s abundant parks, funky little boutiques and second hand stores, Saturday market, art scene, First Thursday, the coffee houses, restaurants, award winning public transit system and rich nightlife, Portland is one of those places I just can’t grow tired of.

As the 24th largest city in the United States, Portland isn’t on the map as a metropolis, yet it lacks nothing of the color and character of any of America’s more well known cities. As a city Portland is like one of those cool bands that you want people to hear but you don’t want to see on MTV.

I could write a long post about the fun I had last week in this city, I could tell you about ‘First Thursday’ and the private art galleries that open late into the night, or the great sushi I ate, or the funky shops I wandered around on North West 23rd and 21st, and in the Hawthorne and Belmont district. Instead though I’ll forgo all that and allow my photographs taken last week to paint their own picture of this city as I see it.

Explore Portland
PDX art scene
Saturday market
First Thursday
Brandy Kayzakian-Rowe’s jazz paintings
My little Portland
Homeless Angels
Long hours little pay