Along the riverfront in Portland. I'm here for 10 days...4 days with my travelin'
fiber buddies, then off to Hammond with my dear friend Willie. Hammond is just
west of Astoria, and Willie has a gorgeous condo right on the Columbia River.
Tide going out...taken from the living room window seat...
Silversea Cruise ship , one of many which make a stop in Astoria. This is my second time at Willi's condo and I could move in in a second! I fall asleep at night to the sound of the little waves breaking on the shore. We are, as always, having a fabulous time, but first, I want to write about the wonderful weekend
in Portland with my fiber friends.
I arrived on Thursday night, to find most of the women already there. We stayed in a very nice hotel, the Hotel DeLuxe; nice rooms, good food, lovely staff. I'd stay there again any time!
We had an agenda that included fabric stores, boutiques, restaurants and a
reservation to the about-to-end "Italian Fashion Since 1945" Exhibit at the Portland Art Museum.
We set out Friday morning to several boutiques...
Shams and Ann admiring a necklace...
and Mardel reaching into her purse to complete her purchase! She bought a lovely multi-blue stones necklace.
I was too busy shopping to take many pictures...but this one I love: Shams sashaying up the street in her newly purchased mini skirt which only she could
and I, following right behind her, running amok on the streets of Portland.
and I hadn't even had any wine yet! But I was having fun...
We had some great meals...
This was at Platino, a "Long Grape" drink with seedless red grapes, blackcurrant vodka, simple syrup and lemonade. Good, and pretty, too!
We went to the popular PokPok and had a great time...
These are the infamous wings...very spicy (and I like my interpretation better)
I also had a green papaya salad.
find the recipe so I can enjoy it at home.
Here's our group
and Shams, who selflessly fought for hard-to-get reservations, although there was very little she could eat.
On Saturday, we went to the Portland Art Museum for the Italian Fashion
Unfortunately, photography was not allowed. It was a super show; I was amazed at how current the designs from the 40's and 50's looked. As usual, the museum shop was wonderful and we all spent a long time (and $) there. There was a great sculpture garden outside the entrance which we all enjoyed.
A Deborah Butterfield sculpture...
Some Ducati motorcycles before we got into the exhibit...
Like Shams and me!
We usually have a "Show and Tell" before the weekend comes to a close, so we
can all enjoy each other's treasures.
Patti, Shams and Jan laying out their purchases, and
Shams photographing the evidence.
There was more good food and drink...
This was an incredible bread-pudding-infused french toast which I had for
breakfast one morning...apparently some others in our group had a big
dust-up involving bread pudding for dessert...I wasn't in on it, and nobody
went to jail, so all's well that ends well.
Here we are on the last night in the Driftwood Bar, having a Good Time. Patti looks like she's falling off her chair. Nancy, me, Mardel, Liana, Jan and Patti.
I stayed on for a few days by myself, taking several long long walks around Portland. It's a great city for walking.
I had Pork Larb and a Singha beer for lunch
and a plate of steamers and spicy broccolini for dinner. Yummm!
Such a great weekend...a fabulous group of women who speak the same language!
I think I'll save the rest for another post...stay tuned for more fun and some
serious RTW damage.