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Salmon Street Springs

Also known as the Salmon Street Fountain — at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in Portland, Oregon, U.S.A. Dedicated in 1988, its three water patterns are controlled by a computer. And in Portland it’s pure summer. When temperatures rise, children (and some adults) can be seen frolicking in the waters to cool off.

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In Plain Site: Bishop’s House

You can’t miss this building in Portland, and yet you can.

This is Bishop’s House, located in Downtown Portland. It’s 142 years old, completed in 1879. It was the official residence of Archbishop William Hinckley Gross, after the Roman Catholic Archdiocese moved from Oregon City to Portland.

 Hinckley, who also served as the Bishop of Savannah, Georgia, died in 1898 at age 61, in Baltimore, Maryland, where  he was born and laid to rest.

 A marvelous cathedral once stood next to Bishop’s House, but it was demolished after a much larger cathedral was built elsewhere in the city in 1885 to accommodate Portland’s growing population. 

Bishop’s House has undergone some renovation but it has held on to its Gothic architectural style and original bones. Notice the cross? The building’s facade holds other tell tale signs that signal this was a building tied to the church. 

In 1974, Bishop’s House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Today, it is occupied by a Lebanese restaurant on the ground floor, offices and a startup above. It is one of those buildings in Portland that easily goes unnoticed, if you don’t stop to smell the City of Roses. 

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On Travel and Social Media …


Hello my fellow travelers. If only for a brief moment, I will interrupt my travel adventures to return to the United States to participate in the Periscope Community Summit in San Francisco. I will be among dozens of speakers and 1,000 attendees who use the live-streaming app – chosen by Apple as the Best App of 2015 – to share their lives with the world or just watch what others are doing. The live-streaming app has taken the world by storm.


I use Periscope to share my travels, travel tips and hopefully teach viewers a thing or two each day about other cultures. I use other social media platforms, such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and several others, but lately I have been spending loads of time broadcasting live on Periscope, because the app is amazing, being able to show people, places and things live with little effort. Since Periscope launched in March 2015 – I began using the app in April – more than 10 million users have embraced Periscope – and counting. If you are not using Periscope, you should check it out.


Just a few months after the app was created, so was the Periscope Community Summit. To learn more about the summit, click the above link. In my speech at the summit, I will share travel tales, tips and discuss how social networks and apps such as Periscope play an important role in extended travel.

If you would like to attend the Periscope Community Summit, please register using this link:

Periscope Community Summit.


Follow me on Periscope by searching for the username mtendstotravel, which is the same handle I use on Twitter, @mtendstotravel.

If you’d like to help me continue to bring you great content live from around the world on Periscope, it’s easy. Use this link:



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