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8 Things to do in Portland

my Portland snow globe

My Portland Snow Globe

I’m doing a road trip to Portland with my family next week. I’m psyched!

There are SO many tourist attractions:

  • Powell’s City of Books
  • The Lan Su Chinese Garden
  • The Stumptown Coffee Roasters
  • The Oregon Zoo
  • The Pittock Mansion
  • The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI)
  • Voodoo Doughnut
  • The International Rose Test Garden
  • The Portland Art Museum and The Portland Japanese Garden.

Powell’s City of Books

I’m super excited for Powell’s City of Books because… well I’m crazy ’bout books! It’s gonna be like this the whole time we’re a the city of books:

ME: Can I PLEASE get a book! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!

MOM: We’ll see,Emma. Begging makes me want to by it less.

ME: Okayyyyy.

English: Powell's City of Books NW Entrance- P...
Powell’s City of Books   Portland,Oregon   (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Powell's City of Books in Portland, Oregon.
Powell’s City of Books in Portland, Oregon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Gardens

There are three different gardens in Portland. I’m excited to see them because I’m in the gardening club in my school. I think gardens are really pretty. I think these ones in particular are going to catch my eye.

English: Strolling Pond Garden at the Portland...
Strolling Pond Garden at the Portland Japanese Garden. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: The Portland Classical Chinese Garden...
The Portland Classical Chinese Garden. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Wide angle image of the International Rose Tes...
The International Rose Test Gardens in Portland, Oregon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Stumptown Coffee Roasters

I’m excited to go to the Stumptown Coffee Roasters because I think my parents would like it there. Although my dad has developed a  sensitive tast of coffee…

Stumptown Coffee Roasters sign in downtown Por...
Stumptown Coffee Roasters sign in downtown Portland, Oregon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Oregon Zoo

I’m excited to go to The Oregon Zoo because I love going to the zoo I’ve been to the Calgary Zoo but I haven’t been to the Vancouver Zoo. (If there is one!)

Panthera pardus orientalis (Amur Leopard) at t...
Panthera pardus orientalis (Amur Leopard) at the Oregon Zoo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pittock Mansion

I’m excited to go to the Pittock Mansion, because well… I’ve never seen a mansion!

Pittock Masion, Portland, Oregon

OMSI

I’m SO SO excited to see the OMSI! Because I liked the Science World HERE and the OMSI is not much different I presume.

The Turbine Hall at Oregon Museum of Science a...
The Turbine Hall at Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Voodoo Donut

I’m excited to go to Voodoo Doughnut cause I love doughnuts!

Voodoo Doughnut in Portland, Oregon.

The Portland Art Museum

I love ART!! I’m excited for The Portland Art Museum!

English: Portland Art Museum
English: Portland Art Museum (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’m sure we won’t get to all of these this trip, but I hope to do them eventually.

Have you been to Portland or do you live there? What am I missing?

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Favourite Vancouver Sites

Hey guys, sorry about my absence lately.

Have you ever be to Vancouver? Well if you have then you probably know that there are a LOT of tourist attractions. But there are four in particular that stand out like Science World, Stanley Park (Sea Wall), The Aquarium and The Burnaby Village Museum.

Otters at the Vancouver Aquarium.
Otters at the Vancouver Aquarium. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Vancouver Aquarium

At the Vancouver Aquarium there’s an octopus, there are penguins and Dolphins and much more than I can describe . What I like abou the Aquarium is that you get to see so many water animals up close. There are some really fun activities, too. You can watch a dolphin show, go look at the penguins and dress up like an animal doctor and cure sick stuffed dolphins and whales. You can dress up like a dolphin, too!

Beaver Lake, Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Beaver Lake, Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC, Canada (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Delphinapterus leucas at Vancouver Aquarium
Delphinapterus leucas at Vancouver Aquarium (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Science World

Science world is one of my favourites. When we first moved to Vancouver, we got a family pass. We should have gotten a dad-daughter pass, because my mom doesn’t love these kinds of places. It reminds her too much of work. But my dad and I love science, so we went together a bunch.

What I love about Science world is all the different interactive activities.

There’s a harp with no strings. There’s a human-sized hamster wheel. There are live science shows where if you’re lucky you get chosen from the audience as a volunteer. This has happened to me three times! It’s super fun, interesting and entertaining.

Science World at Night, long exposure, Vancouv...
Science World at Night, long exposure, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Science World viewed from Quebec stre...
English: Science World viewed from Quebec street in Vancouver British Columbia, Canada. Image is taken during renovation in summer 2011. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I didn’t find any awesome pictures of the Burnaby Village Museum or Stanley Park, but I highly recommend checking them out. You won’t be sorry.

Stanley Park

At Stanley Park, on a not-too-busy day, it’s lots of fun to go biking there. You’re right by the ocean, you can run, you can walk with your dog, bring a scooter (not the motor kind), and the Aquarium is right in the park!

Burnaby Village Museum

At Burnaby Village Museum there is a one-room school house, old trains and at the front there is a carousel. It’s a little bit like Heritage Park in Calgary, but smaller.

Whats you favourite thing to do in your city?  If you live in Vancouver,what did I miss?