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Aug 9, 2019 - Portland Maine

Got to downtown Portland about 9. Parking rates are ridiculous! Pulled into a lot right beside the ticket booth for the trolley tour I wanted to take. Went to the kiosk to get a ticket and it said $8 an hour or $45 for 12 hours. Left that lot and went to another one a couple of blocks away. This one had a gate and indicated $7 an hour. I wanted to back out but there was already another car behind me so I went in. This one didn’t indicate a max so I thought I could end up owing $56 or $63 since I planned to be there all day. Walked the...

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New England 2019

Aug 8, 2019 - On the Road to Portland

Checked out about 8:30 and hit the road. The fastest route to Portland would have been to go back up to Bangor and catch I-95 but I decided to take US route 1 which comes down right along the coast but adds about 45 minutes to the trip according to Google Maps. The plan also included a stop in Freeport at the L L Bean flagship store. Rained most of the way down the coast but cleared up a bit north of Freeport, eventually became sunny shortly before I arrived in Freeport about 12:30. Freeport appears to be a shopping destination. In addition...

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New England 2019

May 16, 2019 - May 16 - To Maine and Back

May 16 – Taking a Sightseeing Break! We decided to take a run up to Maine today, since we were in the “neighborhood.” On the way out of Massachusetts, we saw Emily Dickinson’s house in Amherst – it was quite impressive. As we drove on one of the smaller highways, we loved the “moose crossing” yellow warning signs – we didn’t get to see an actual moose, but we saw a pheasant walking along the side of the road. We also went through the birthplace of Johnny Appleseed. We managed to catch a little bit of New Hampshire on the way up. There were...

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Sep 2, 2018 - Maine...Divine and Delicious, As Always

Aw, Maine again. About six weeks this time. Mt. Desert Island, Bangor, and Freeport. Ate lobster, drank local beer, went to the Seal Cove Car Museum, repeated lobster and local beer, got some work done on the coach, visited with cousin Gail and her friends, repeated lobster and local beer, went to Campobello Island, repeated lobster and local beer, walked on the Appalachian Trail.

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Jul 30, 2018 - Portland

We entered Maine (at this point we don't have a clue where we are). Our tour guide surprised us with a Harbor Cruise around Portland. After lunch and a walk around Portland, we made our way to Kennebunkport. We took a ride around the town and drove by George H.W. Bush's house. He was home at the time (you can tell by the flags outside), but he did not come out to greet us. After a stroll around the small town we returned to our hotel and were treated to a farewell lobster dinner.

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Touring New England

Oct 31, 2017 - Day 7, Friday, October 13

Day 7, Friday, October 13 Feeling just a bit chilled in our Carriage House room courtesy of the au naturel HVAC system, we hurriedly got dressed and joined the other guests in the Big House for breakfast. Their big claim to fame is breakfast tapas— small plates of a variety of scrumptious breakfast offerings. Having so recently lived in Spain, we were excited to be reminded of our life in Sitges, and the food, while not particularly bold or flavorful like the tapas we knew before, was very good. After breakfast, we hit the road to Mecca, or...

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Oct 10, 2017 - Portland, Maine

When we visited Portland back in 2014, we had a wonderful time with our tour guide, Norm. He took us to the coastal villages south of Portland and also to several lighthouses. So, I contacted him to see if he would be willing to go out with us again. He had since retired, but because he had such a nice time with us before he was willing to spend the day with us. His original idea was to take us to the coastal villages to the north of Portland. The weather had been warmer than normal and the fall colors were behind, especially along the...

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Oct 3, 2017 - Racing Across the Ocean

The excitement for the day was taking the CAT (a 350' long catamaran high speed ferry) which goes from Yarmouth, Nova Scotia to Portland, Maine and doing the trip in half the time of a normal boat or to drive around. But to catch this early morning trip we had to be up and going before 7am. The stars were still out and Mike had to pack up the outside of the bus with the help of a flashlight while the temperature was hovering just above the freezing mark. When we got to the ferry dock, we were put in line to be loaded, and we were parked to...

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Sep 24, 2017 - Peaks Island Portland Maine

We took the ferry from Downtown Portland Maine to Peaks Island(Portland Maine). It is a short 17 minute ferry ride. The ferry holds about 12 cars but most people just walk on. The island is not very large and has everything you need a short walk from the ferry. We decided to rent a golf cart, the preferred mode of transportation along with bikes on the island. We got it for an hour and we asked if that was long enough to go around the island and the guy told us we could make 2 trips around in an hour. We did 1 trip with stops and exploring....

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Aug 19, 2017 - Take me to your lobster! - August 8

What a disappointment. There were signs everywhere to watch for Moose and no sightings. At one point I thought my driver was going to say" I'll pull off the road and you tromp through the forest and see if you can send one this way. " These thoughts come and go when you are on the road for days. The only item on our list of "to do, " in Maine was lobster! My husband wanted three meals that included it in some way for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Once we got our room we headed downtown to the port and chose the Portland Lobster Co...

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The Long Way Home

Aug 18, 2017 - Day 7 - Revenge of the Ducks

This is the first time I've been to Portland, Maine, and yet I feel like I've been here before. That's because two years ago, almost at this exact time, I was in Portland, Oregon. (As far as I know, these are the two biggest cities in the United States to share a name) and the similarities that the two cities have to each other don't end with their names. Both are old port towns that suffered through economic doldrums when their industrial basses went away. However, both towns have found success recently through repurposing their respective...

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Aug 17, 2017 - Day 6 - "Um...Hi Mrs. Bush. Can George come out to play?"

Yesterday, while we were walking back from the Strawberry Bank museum, I had a sneezing fit. I appear (as of Friday morning) to be over it now, but for the remainder of our time in Portsmouth, and all day yesterday, I was quite a bit under the weather and exhausted from now having slept much on Wednesday night. I don't know if it was allegories or a 24 hour bug, but I was not well. So when we left Portsmouth, Cathy did the driving, so I could catch up on some napping . But there wasn't much time for napping in the car because the drive from...

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