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North America » United States » Maine » Portland November 18th 2023

Today we did not have any plans in Portland so we decided to sleep in and then we headed over to “Bread and Friends,” for brunch. We tried their smoked maple rosemary latte and five spice miso caramel latte, everything pull apart, and crispy red bliss potatoes. Everything was delicious and worth the wait in line for a table. After brunch Renata and I headed over to check out the creepy Victoria Mansion before we all decided to spend our last day doing last-minute souvenir shopping. We ended our day at a portside restaurant called “The Porthole” where I tried my last Maine Lobster Roll in Portland . Renata and I then headed over to “Lincolns,” our first speakeasy experience. The entrance looked kind of questionable but once inside we were greeted by the staff who ... read more
Victoria Mansion
Bread and Friends
Bread and Friends

North America » United States » Maine » Bangor November 17th 2023

We woke up early in the morning and headed to the Portland airport to pick up our rental car to head to Bangor. After a stopover at Dunkin Donuts (Drea’s favourite!), we made it to Bangor just before 9:00 am for our Stephen King tour of Derry, Maine (aka. Bangor). Some of the interesting things we learned on the tour included 1. The philanthropic impact the Kings had on Bangor such as setting up scholarship funds, building baseball fields, community pools and playgrounds, and improving the hospital and library infrastructure without putting his name on any of it except of course his local rock’n roll radio station, WKIT 2. Ensuring that a Ronald McDonald House was established in Bangor 3. Learning about Carrie and seeing the house used as inspiration. “Carrie,” was one of Stephen King’s ... read more
SK Tour
L.L. Bean
SK Tour

North America » United States » Maine » Portland November 16th 2023

We woke up bright and early so that we could make it to the Portland Headlight for sunrise. The Portland Headlight was one of the main reasons why we wanted to go to Portland. Portland Headlight Some interesting facts about the Portland Headlight include: 1. it is stated to be the oldest lighthouse in Maine 2. it is one of the most photographed lighthouses in the world. 3. it is also one of only four authorized by George Washington and never rebuilt. 4. it includes a light tower, keepers’ quarters, a whistle house, a paint locker and a garage I enjoyed watching the sunrise while scrolling around the Portland Headlight and Fort Williams Park. After being mesmerized by the Portland Lighthouse, we headed to Becky Dinner for Breakfast. Then it was time to explore the shops ... read more
Portland Headlight
Portland Headlight
Portland Headlight

North America » United States » Maine » Portland November 15th 2023

On our first day in Portland, we headed straight for seafood for dinner. When in Portland, why not? After settling into our hotel, the Aloft we made our way to “Scales” a restaurant along the Pier. Some of the delicious food we had included oysters, seared scallops, and Indian Pudding. After being stuffed from having an amazing meal we explored some of the shops including “Sea Bags” (bags made from the sails of ships). We went to this store various times during our stay in Portland, Maine. Tomorrow, we head out to the Portland Headlight for sunrise. Until then!... read more
Seared Scallops
Portland Views from airplane
Dinner Ambiance

North America » United States » Maine » Freeport September 17th 2023

Today we had breakfast in our apartment. Cooking was a little challenging as we had no range. We did have a microwave and an air fryer that would allow you to bake. I was going to make sausage gravy and biscuits, but there were no microwavable bowls to make the gravy. So I fried the sausage, baked the biscuits and we had biscuits and sausage sandwiches. They were quite good Following breakfast we headed into Freeport to the big L.L. Bean store. This was the reason we came here because both Ed and Terry didn’t have enough time in the store when we were here last year. This store has everything! Of course everything is so expensive. It’s hard to justify a purchase. we will have to wait till the Christmas sales are on! Just down ... read more
Our converted barn apartment connected to the BNB
Our place is a connected house
Our apartment

North America » United States » Maine » Freeport September 16th 2023

Today was a travel day from the Fairfield Inn at Amesbury to the Kindle house BNB at Freeport. We were in no particular hurry since this was the worst day for hurricane Lee, and travel was to be challenging. Actually, we were supposed to be driving during the worst wind and rain of the storm. We had a leisurely breakfast at the hotel before packing the car in a light rain. Before we were finished the rain let up and we didn’t see rain the rest of the day. We did, however, see and feel the effects of wind. It was only a 2 Hour Drive to our next place to stay so we had planned on doing some sightseeing and shopping. Years ago I was at Kittery, Maine and I wanted to stop there again. ... read more
Church Signpost
Sign at Fort McClary
Stone Wall from 1800’s

North America » United States » Maine » Northeast Harbor September 14th 2023

Today we said our fond farewells to the beautiful city of Boston; we have seen and done so much and we are very sad to be moving on, but as the saying goes, 'Time waits for no Man' and we have an itinerary to follow! But as the Bee Gees sang in their massive number one of 1968, 'I feel I'm going back to Massachusetts' and hopefully we might well do some day. Before we leave, Steve and I had an important task to perform, namely to pick up our rental car from the airport. When we originally booked the car (through Rental Cars.Com), we could have collected the vehicle from downtown, but for some reason the price was significantly higher, so we went for an airport pick up and even doing so a few days ... read more
Salem 1
Salem 2
Salem 3

North America » United States » Maine » Portland August 25th 2023

From the taxi Travel is more stressful than it used to be. Booked a business class seat for my train ride to Boston. Unfortunately that is the last car on the train. Still, I managed. If all goes according to plan, the conductor will lift my suitcase from the overhead and a Red Cap will help me to the taxi stand for a 30 minute ride to the ship. The Business Class car was the furtherest from the station and the Red Cap earned his tip today, it was a very long train. All went as planned but the cabbie soaked me $20. Still I was off the train and in my room by 2:00. Bit knackered as I got up at six thirty but went to the Captains welcome party, sans Captain who may have ... read more

North America » United States » Maine » Portland August 25th 2023

The sky is a cloudless blue, gulls hang out and it 6:30 a.m. breakfast is a 7:30 so I am on the veranda enjoying a cup of coffee. After breakfast, I intend to explore. It’s been many years since I was on the Zaandam. Portland is a busy port. Two ferries have arrived, the line handlers are busy securing the ship, a plane just landed and the gangway is going up. There is construction going on too. One thing I notice is that there are areas of the ship that are dark. The antiques are medieval, the focal point in the atrium is a huge organ four floors tall. Then in contrast there a signed guitars by rock stars on one wall, another wall has ancient masks. The Crow’s Nest is perfect. Comfortable chairs, a circular ... read more
St John, New Brunswick

North America » United States » Maine » Newry October 7th 2022

After getting a really light breakfast of freshly made pancakes from the pancake machine along with a raspberry yoghurt I did something I had not done for years and played a game of pool in the lobby. I was most impressed by my skills playing against myself with the bigs thrashing the little’s and at one stage I got 3 shots in a row ! Today is a big milestone being our 33rd wedding anniversary so we hope it will be a memorable day. We decided to go for a 20 minute drive to Babbs Covered Bridge and we stayed for well over an hour taking photos which changed dramatically when the sun would poke through and the wind went really calm. Some amazing photo shots and only a couple of people were there including a ... read more
Our 1st covered bridge view and how good is this reflection ?
SWAT team in play with rifles loaded. Not what you expect to see on a casual drive !
The main Light House in Portland




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