Portland road trip, day three. 2/12/20

Our plan today is to visit the Portland Art Museum. It is about one half mile from the hotel. Walking to attractions and restaurants is reminiscent of being in Europe where you do so much walking that it burns all the calories from all the yummy food you eat.

Along the way we come across a statue of Abraham Lincoln. Since it is his birthday I snap his picture. Since the U.S. is going to hell in a hand basket I find an apropos quote of his. “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” Abraham Lincoln

Sigh.

Abraham Lincoln

The Portland Art Museum is full of welcoming people. We buy our tickets and drop off out outerwear and start our perusal. First we look at a display of photos and paintings about Mt. St. Helens. It is actually pretty close to Portland. I always thought of it as a Washington thing.

Then after some difficulty we find the European collection. There is quite a bit of 18th century French stuff  (not my fave)

Jean François de Troy, Allegory of Poetry, 1733,

and some mid-19th century proto-Impressionist paintings which are interesting.

Charles-François Daubigny, Field of Poppies, 1860/1878

I am pleased to see that there are some early Renaissance/Renaissance pieces as well.

Christ on the Cross, Sandro Botticelli, 1500
Madonna and Child with Donors,1386 Cecco di Pietro

Unfortunately before we get to the modern wing, I am feeling not too well. The combination of eating fried foods and drinking which I am not used to is rearing its ugly head. We return to the hotel around 2PM and have a quiet afternoon waiting for my system to calm down.

Luckily I am okay in time for dinner! We walk to a place called Q for dinner. They have small plates as well as entrees. We decide on small plates and order two vegetable dishes as well as duck spring roll and rabbit pâté. Thank goodness the vegetables come first because these are the biggest small plates we have seen. I am basically finished after the vegetables. The roasted root vegetables are great.

Roasted root vegetables on the left and roasted cauliflower and greens on the right
Duck spring rolls (upper left) and duck pâté

Tomorrow morning we are meeting very old friends for breakfast. I am really looking forward to seeing them!

 

 

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