Portland and Seattle 10-121212

First place we arrived at was Tacoma -I could be mistaken- at a quirky place named Vinum coffee and wine bar.
Their food is nothing spectacular but well worth your money!
Next event: shopping
I did most of my shopping at this one fun novelty store! Found cute rings for all my close friends.. I hope they fit them..

Finally we arrive in Portland; lost and with a broken GPS... Naturally I am on edge of freaking out, good thing my friend has a leveled head.. Otherwise I would have died on the spot... Lost with out a map too...
and instead of calling downtown Portland "city centre" they called it "rose city"!
How the flying fruit would I know that ?!
In the end, we found our way towards downtown Portland. We decided to follow the bus tracks on the floor and that's when we found a bus to follow around.

So! Here's a tip when traveling and lost
If you follow the bus when in a big city it will most likely lead you near the city centre.

By the time we got to the downtown area we were crawling with exhaust and just trying to find a place to eat.
After some time , the only good looking restaurant we landed in was a cute place called, "picnic house"
The dining area reminiscent of a grand hotel lobby of some kind.
Service there is excellent; the food was not bad.

After eating and some random wandering, we decided to find a corner store for wine and junk food (and also attempt to look for The infamous Voodoo donuts).

Our map reading skills must be on high gear because we found it after a few tries.
The place is ever so cool! Their brick wall is sparkly gold!

Next morning we went to best buy, lucky me! I found and bought a new gps wire, thank the gods!
Morning coffee has got to be at 'Stump town coffee house.' I'm not too sure what they're doing to the coffee but it looks pretty neat!

Breakfast is awesome after coffee; it was time to walk across their hipster alley way towards 'Dan and Louis oyster bar.'
Their Portland chowder with epic bacon is not really epic... Nor was the rockafeller oysters.
However! The oyster they produce and harvest -so they say- were excellent!

Of courses... Before we could end our time in Portland, we had to have 'Vita' coffee from next door.

On the way back we wanted to stop at downtown Seattle. Took us forever because the stupid gps is not updated to their new roads! We were lost for such a long time.

Tired and exhausted, we attempted to find a place for dinner. Just our luck we spotted this "icon grill" that looked promising.
When we entered we were floored, there were X-mas decorations everywhere! 😊
The food was fantastic, we highly recommend the extremely well prepared prime rib.

Surprise! We had to stay a night longer. It was the safest option as my friend could not drive anymore.
We stayed at what looked like a dodgey looking hotel on the outside, but once inside it was quite nice, real nice!
First up breakfast and wandering around seattle market, and of course, a must is to have a look at the mummies in the ye old curiosity shop lol

To end off our state trip we had more raw oysters!

Edit by Alex

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