Portland is a magnet for people from around the world. I think that is one of the things I love about this city. It is not uncommon for me to visit with a tourist from Switzerland with a beautiful big camera and within a few minutes be talking to one of the oldest living survivors of the veterans of the all-Chinese American Flying Tigers. Honestly, I don't know how that can be but it happens to me here all the time. The only thing that changes is the cast of characters.
|Visitors from Switzerland|
The man had a beautiful big camera he put down on the table. Not 10 feet away a far bigger camera was being used by a far younger man. I could not resist the temptation to compare the cameras. The encounter resulted in a conversation with a gentleman from Switzerland. He and his wife were here for the second time and traveling around the area in a rented Cruise American RV. It really was so much fun to just stop, chat a bit and welcome them to our beautiful city.
|Interior of Oyster Bar|
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Flying Tiger ground support crew, WWII
Don't you just love it when a plan you didn't even make comes together? WOW!
*Dan and Louis Oyster Bar, well-known locally and around the world, celebrates over 100 years of serving the public its signature seafood dishes. Since Louis C. Wachsmuth opened the doors in 1907, five generations have been involved in carrying on the family tradition. A century later, and an Old Town landmark, the Wachsmuth family invites you to share a Portland favorite. (from http://www.danandlouis.com/#)
Incidentally, the Ankenny street locations is also home to Voodoo Doughnuts and several other restaurants. The street has been vacated and is now lined with picnic tables and lights are strung across the narrow alley. It is very charming especially on a beautiful late summer evening.