Afternoon in Alberta

Dear Liza,

On Saturday, Grandpa Nelson, Auntie Bridgett and I drove up to the Alberta neighborhood again. It was chilly and almost trying to rain, so we took our jackets.

One thing we love about Alberta is the artsy feeling of the place. There are lots of art galleries, but even outside, on roofs and walls, there is art. All sorts of murals and even this skeleton on a ladder keep you looking around.

We stopped in at Monograph Bookwerks, a small, independent bookstore. Today was actually National Independent Bookstore Day, but we didn’t know it at the time. Since the last time we were in, John had collected some wonderful old maps! Maps are one of my favorite things, and old maps are even better! I got a 1948 map of the state of Oregon, and a 1965 map of downtown Portland. I will enjoy staring at them!

We wondered some more and got hungry, so we stopped in at Bunk for really tasty sandwiches and French fries. It has this wonderful mural on the wall, and though I have no idea who it is, it was fun eating lunch near him.More art that we saw was this not-very- flattering, but very amusing, portrait of Mr. Trump, and this mural of a squirrel and his dog friend skateboarding.We visited the Guardino Gallery and saw wonderful pieces of art, including some by people we know from The SideStreet Art Gallery. It was like seeing old friends.

By then it was time for the second part of our adventure, so off we went!


Grandma Judy

Author: Judy

I am a new transplant to Portland from Salinas, a small city in Central California. This is a blog about my new city.

One thought on “Afternoon in Alberta”

  1. My goodness, but Portland is an artist’s city to be sure. Like San Francisco in its hippy hay day. Glad that you are not in big trouble. Keep uo the good work!


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