PDX Part 3 - The Japanese Garden


I've been to Portland so many times, but have often failed to do the things that are on so many "Top Ten Things to Do in Portland" lists - one of them being a visit to the Japanese Gardens. 

Emily and I set out in the morning hoping to go while it was still slightly sunny, and I'm sure glad we did! We made it just in time. As we were leaving, the sky started to darken, and I kid you not - 3 minutes after we got in the car it started pouring, then hailing, then thunder and lightening! We just sat in the car laughing like maniacs at our luck. 

As you may be able to tell from these photos, the gardens are absolutely stunning. These type of gardens are one of my favorites because they always manage to look manicured and not-manicured at the same time. It seems like they just help nature along and are respectful of how things want to grow. 

Luckily there weren't too many people about so we got to have a relaxing meander around the grounds. There were many little streams and koi ponds, and even a gift shop that was trying to sell imported umbrellas for $75! - Tempting, but I did not purchase one ;)

This really kind man stopped us and insisted on showing us how to photograph the gardens reflected in the glass of the door of this building, and then insisted on taking our photo. 

Under my standard yellow raincoat I was wearing...
dress: H&M
cardigan: Forever21
tights: Target
boots: thrifted
necklacke: BaubleBar

I always want to just dress in blues - I think I'm slowly turning into Zooey Deschanel's character in 500 Days of Summer where her whole wardrobe is blue. Every one of her outfits was perfection though, so I wouldn't be opposed!

After 2 years of rooming together in college, it feels weird to not see Emily every day! I'm so happy that I got to take some time off from work and go to Portland for a visit - it was much needed friend time :) Miss you already Em!

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