bookstore to remember: powell’s city of books

powell’s books has been an institution in portland since 1971. their flagship location is HUGE. i got lost in here for quite a while, browsing the shelves of new and used books and checking out the staff recommendations and the local author sections. they also had lots of great portland/powell’s books souvenirs. even though powell’s…

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where i went: the pacific northwest

required reading: to the bridge by nancy rommelmann where i stayed  the state hotel (downtown seattle, wa): this was a ideal downtown location. we were in walking distance of most of the sights we wanted to see. extremely clean and there was a rooftop for great views of pike place market. the inn at haystack…

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from my bookshelf: the lost vintage by ann mah

papercut kate travels from san francisco to france to visit the vineyard that has been in her family for generations to visit her loved ones and to prepare for her upcoming wine master exam. she plans for the trip to be a quick and focused one. instead, a secret about kate’s family history from world…

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where i went: new orleans

where i stayed  the roosevelt hotel air bnb fun things i’ve done in NOLA  mardi gras (!) walked along the MS river and through the french quarter went on a carriage ride ghost tour through the french quarter went for a long and leisurely walk through audobon park where i eat & drink josephine estelle:…

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from my bookshelf: cool gray city of love by gary kamiya

papercut gary kimya describes san francisco’s past, present, and future in vivid detail, peppered with personal anecdotes. i love the way he hones in on different particular neighborhoods and individuals which make up san francisco. it gives a tourist like me hope that someday i can learn the city better and absorb even just a…

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where i went: san francisco

required reading: cool grey city of love: 49 views of san francisco by gary kamiya  where i ate & drank: revelry bistro – an intimate and cozy french bistro. the wine and charcuterie plate was just what i needed after a long flight. blue bottle coffee shop – the cold brew was the perfect jolt i…

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