On our second morning in Portland we looked out of the windows & it was pouring with rain - again! Undeterred we donned our waterproof jackets & went across the road to buy tickets for the public transit. As we are "honoured citizens" (I think I prefer that to OAP!) we were able to buy two all-day passes for all transport throughout the city for $5! Not bad! We caught the Orange line downtown & headed for Powells, "The biggest book store in the world" Oh my, what an amazing place! It's spread over four floors & one whole city block & sells new, used & rare books - over a million in that store alone & they have others! We had coffee & croissants in the onsite 'coffee room', dipped into a few books, then looked at a map of the store & decided where to go first. A tough decision! Les bought a rather heavy, but very cheap book about the history of the American flag, then paid to have it shipped home while I was very restrained & resisted the temptation to purchase a suitcase full of books! We spent more than a whole morning in Powells & could have stayed longer. A very good way to escape the rain! Eventually we ventured out onto the very wet streets of Portland & wandered around for a while before looking for somewhere to eat dinner. We came across 'The Original Dinerant' where I had a very spicy, but delicious bolognese & Les tried the meat loaf, which he declared 'very good'. I must confess that we also had a delicious apple pie 'a la mode' because we wanted to delay the moment when we'd have to go out into the pouring rain again! (well, that's my excuse!) We spent rather a long time enjoying our meal but inevitably we had to leave & brave the deluge to catch the trolley bus back to our hotel. By the time we got back these 'honoured citizens' were very wet indeed, but at least we weren't hungry!