Friday, June 19, 2009

Tour Guide Perk--Downtown Walking Tour with Peter Chausse

I totally appreciate the idea espoused by the Portland Center for the Performing Arts that learning more about Portland makes better tour guides for the PCPA. So when the chance to go on a walking tour of downtown Portland at 5 p.m. on a Thursday came up, I took an hour of vacation and signed right up! Y'all can just imagine how much I looked forward to the two-hour walk, right? My camera around my neck, I joined about 20 PCPA tour guides as we met our Walking Tours of Portland guide Peter Chausse on June 11 in the Antoinette Hatfield Hall rotunda.

Over the next few days, I'll share photos that I took and bits of information about the that Peter shared with us--it was right up my alley!

Remember the Pioneer Courthouse Square Mile Sign Post? One of the destination it points toward is Portlandia. (Click on the link to find out all about her.)

I took this photo from the second floor of a building across the street from the Portland Building.

I took this photo from the sidewalk right beneath Portlandia.

I took this photo looking back at Portlandia.

Here's one more photo that I took from the sidewalk beneath Portlandia. Peter had told us that he'd been taking 3rd graders on tours lately--he always tells them that Portlandia's dropped an onion ring out of her hand.

Here's the onion ring, a sculpture at a building one block west of Portlandia's home. I wish I could remember the name of the building and the sculpture, but I can't. One of these days I will go there and see if there's a plaque that I can photograph.


Don and Krise said...

What a wonderful opportunity, and a beautiful sculpture. Onion ring huh?? Hmmmmm.
Have a great weekend.

tapirgal said...

Those are great pictures! There are some wonderful things to see in Portland, for sure. It's like a treasure chest - photos waiting to be taken - I can't wait to see more from your walk.

Anonymous said...

I always thought the Standard Plaza across from Portlandia should install a couple of dice. Portlandia looks like she is playing craps.

AVCr8teur said...

Gosh, that is an awesome statue! I wished I seen it when I visited Portland years ago.

Julie said...

Portland is looks like she is playing craps.

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I saw my head laughing rolling on the ground said...

portlandia is something amazing to see. i remember when we first moved to portland she was one of the first things i wanted to see. we got turned around downtown, thought we were lost and as we turned a corner there she was. breathtaking and overwhelming. im sure a number of bugs flew into my mouth as i stood there gasping at her size. i adore your "eyes" of such a beautiful city.