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North America » United States » Maine » Portland July 26th 2019

Poet, novelist and travel writer William Graham holds a BA and MA in English and a MS in Communication from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. He lives in Stowe, Vermont. His most recent travel book is Border Crossings: Travel Essays and Poems. I have traveled to all seven continents of the world. I have seen many stunning landscapes. One of them is in my own backyard in New England where I live. It’s the state of Maine, where I have taken many vacations over the past 20 years. Maine’s unique combination of mountains, forests and stunning rocky coastline keeps drawing me back. My most recent trip involved travels to Monhegan Island, Camden and Portland. Here are a few highlights. Monhegan is a small, rocky island 10 miles from the nearest mainland and scarcely a square mile ... read more
Creative Flower Arrangement at Monhegan Harbor
Cliffs on Monhegan
The Pines of Monhegan

North America » United States » Maine » Portland June 17th 2017

Friday was rainy, so it was a good day to spend in the Brown Library. I know I haven’t mentioned much about my research first because I can’t publish any of the picture I took or publish the information willy-nilly and second, there is nothing exciting about someone sitting at a table for six hours peering at tiny writing and muttering to themselves as they try to translate. But, yesterday I looked at several original documents from the 1700s – the ink faded to brown, the paper so much thicker and textured than our thin, smooth sheets of today, the writing so tiny. I assume it was written small – at least in the private papers – to conserve space and save paper (Curtis, you would have fit right in). At the time, I couldn’t think ... read more
Flatbread Company
The Whydah
Three-Pounder Cannon

North America » United States » Maine » Portland June 16th 2017

Flying is always a risky business. I’m not talking about safety risks, but the risk of missing your connecting flight. As I set out from Sioux Falls, my flight was, of course, late. The plane was mostly filled with a group going to Israel, who had a three hour layover, but a handful of us would have – at best – ten to fifteen minutes to make it through O’Hare to our connecting flights. Once we were all hitched up to the terminal, it was off to the races. Thankfully, I made it to my gate just as they were starting to board. On the flight to Portland, we saw some awesome clouds, thanks to bad weather below. I happened to be listening to the Dear Evan Hansen cast recording – if you have not yet ... read more
Swampy and Crepe!
At the Longfellow House
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

North America » United States » Maine » Portland September 18th 2016

Geo: 43.6591, -70.2566Set off for Walmart first for a GPS. Its an awesome store, so much of everything and large 'party' bags ofeverything. Tons of precut fruit and its like the old Super K (Kmartand Coles combined but on steroids) Debated Twinkies but bought theingredients for smore's !!!Anyway onto Port William State Park andthe Portland Head Light. Great old buildings, set up to protect themining in the area. The Lighthouse was lovely. Driving through CapeElizabeth was beautiful. The houses are amazing. All weatherboard,beautiful big balconies and verandahs and lots of grass, very fewfences ans strangely, lots of wooded forests surrounding many of thehouses. Just gorgeous.Headed into Portland and walked the OldPort District, and had lunch at one of the restaurants along the pierand Graham got to try the Lobster Rolls, which is what Maine is knownfo ... read more
Ella's free
Cape Elizabeth Lighthouse
Ruins at Fort Williams State Park

North America » United States » Maine » Portland October 11th 2015

Since we didn't have an excursion planned we decided to stay on the ship and take pictures from each of the decks. It was a relaxing day to say the least. I was also obsessed with sail boats. They were everywhere...... read more
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North America » United States » Maine » Portland October 4th 2015

Day 4. Today we leave Boston for Portland in Main. Weather a bit brighter as we go to pick up our car but still that chilly wind. Car hire place queue out the door, 45 minutes later we jump in the car, an almost brand new chevrolet Equinox & head out of Boston. First stop at Salem, very busy being a Sunday, also being in the USA October is halloween month, lots going on already. A quick pit stop in Newbury port then we moved on to kenbunkport, beautiful place, very scenic. Had a lovely meal at Alissons then we finished our journey to Portland.... read more
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North America » United States » Maine » Portland August 11th 2015

From Marblehead we sailed to Christmas Cove, ME, then to Portland, ME and from there to our final destination by boat - Rockland. We did some side trips by car to Camden, to Acadia with its Cadillac Mountain and to Bar Harbor. Maine's motto is "The way life should be" and it isn't at all a misrepresentation. One gets a feeling of stepping back in time. The rhythm is slower, the cars are older, the air is cleaner and there're less people and less traffic. A lot of houses are just summer residences for the snow birds and vacationers. Rutherford island with its popular Christmas cove is a typical town that gets deserted in winter and springs alive in summer. There are many art galleries - Maine has been a magnet for many great artists such ... read more
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North America » United States » Maine » Portland July 6th 2015

Today was the last day in Portland, the only reasons to leave are work, so we can make more money for the next trip, and kitty, he has been alone far too long. Before we left there was one final thing we had to do for this trip. We had to have lunch at Duck Fat. They are famous for their Belgian Fries, fried in Duck Fat. Duck Fat is just a few blocks from our hotel and down the street for Hugo’s, in fact Hugo’s used to be owned by the owner of Duck Fat, but he sold Hugo’s to concentrate on Duck Fat. It is a small place and you need to get there early to avoid the lines, we got there right as it opened so no waiting for us. We sat at ... read more
Duck Fat Lunch
Milkshakes

North America » United States » Maine » Portland July 4th 2015

Today we opted to sleep in. Yesterday was such a long day and by day’s end we were exhausted. Since we are no longer young a firmly established in our middle agedness, we decided to not kill ourselves with trying to cram everything in. We did have a long day of walking ahead of us so an extra bit of sleep was well in order. The Freedom Trail Our only plan today was to walk the Freedom Trail with stops along the way to see other sights not part of the trail but easy to visit as they were in the area. Many of you may be thinking of the Freedom Trail in Boston which takes you through the streets of Boston by several historical revolutionary sites, ending at Bunker Hill. Portland’s Freedom Trail is about ... read more
Amost out of pies
Along the Freedom Trail
Portland Observatory

North America » United States » Maine » Portland July 3rd 2015

A BAD START The Flight That Wasn’t Ok, so it has been a very long time since we have really traveled, I mean the kind of travel that involves a plane not just a quick train ride to Philly. We were scheduled to leave at 9:05 pm on Thursday; Jerry rearranged his work schedule so we could get the NJ transit to Newark Airport. Well you know what they say about the best laid plans. The flight was cancelled, and I will not even go into the customer service nightmare I had to deal with that. Long and short of it was our flight was rescheduled to 7:30 am, meaning we had to get up at 3:30 am. The Car Service That Wasn’t The original plan was to take the subway to Penn Station get on ... read more
The View
Portland Head Lighthouse
The Cruise




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