2015 – VACATION

Everyone needs a break occasionally, and nothing is more relaxing than visiting beautiful seascapes, especially when a visit with family is included in your plans.

This year our vacation took Northeast with a stop in Portsmouth, New Hampshire for lunch at Sander’s Fish Market. We had tuna sandwiches made of fresh caught tuna. Never has a tuna sandwich tasted so good.  Portsmouth was an interesting city with beautiful old homes nestled along the Piscataqua River.

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Sanders Fish Market - Portsmouth NH

From Portsmouth went on to Portland, Maine. From our hotel room, we had gorgeous views of the port.  We watched as the seagulls swooped in on the fishing boats unloading the day’s catch.

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A short trip Southeast of Portland to Portland Head Lighthouse at Cape Elizabeth was a dream come true. My husband George and I love lighthouses and this one has long been our favorite.  It is more beautiful in person, but George’s photos are fantastic and they will give you a sense of the beauty that awaited us here.

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Our next destination was Bar Harbor, Maine.  Bar Harbor is a quaint seaside town with all the shops, restaurants, and cute little houses you would expect to find there.  We had a lunch of lobster rolls on the waterfront while enjoying the unusually warm weather.

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Lobster Roll in Bar Harbor, MA

Acadia National Park was spectacular! I can’t begin to describe it, so I will let George’s photos speak for themselves.

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In the photo below (an enlargement of the one above) you can see hikers making their way to the top.

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Our next stop as we headed south was Kennebunkport, Maine.  This little town offered so much in the way of souvenir shops where you can purchase George Bush memorabilia or other keepsakes.  No, we did not seek out a peek at the Bush home there.

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Our final destination, as we headed down the coast to Boston, Massachusetts (Needham, to be exact) included a stop for lunch and some shopping in my favorite town of all – Newburyport, Massachusetts. Situated near the mouth of the Merrimack River and the Atlantic Ocean, Newburyport is a picture-perfect waterfront town. Surrounding a town square are quaint shops and restaurants with a short walk to the boardwalk along the river where there are more sailboats than you could count.

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Our final stop was the best stop of all. We spent several days with our son Todd, daughter-in-law Tricia, and grandsons Tyler and Taylor. Each time we visit, we try to see different sights.  This year we went to Lexington, Massachusetts.  The towns surrounding Boston abound with historic sites, and Lexington did not disappoint us. The area is rich in Revolutionary War history.  No matter what we do or where we go while visiting, the important thing is, we have a chance to enjoy our time with family.

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Me with Tricia

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Tyler and Taylor

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Tyler and his cat Taney

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Todd and George

 

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No matter how long we visit, it is never long enough. Time flies and before we can blink, we are back home again.

Fun With Family!

I apologize for the recent lack of reviews, but that will be rectified shortly.  Meanwhile, I will give you a glimpse into the fun my husband and I had with our oldest son and his family.

Last week we drove to Boston. It was a long, but particularly enjoyable ride. We took I-90, which is a toll road through Pennsylvania, New York, and Massachusetts.  Toll roads are definitely the way to go.  There was some semi-truck traffic, but not nearly as many as we encountered on regular interstate highways.

It is always exciting to visit our grandsons (and yes, of course, their parents too), and we always pick up where we left off the last visit, as if no time intervened.

Our first day there we took the train into Boston to meet our son for dinner.  While we were waiting, our oldest grandson found a new friend.

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My husband and our son at dinner

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Another day we walked the freedom trail. It was fascinating. We saw Paul Revere’s grave, house, and the North Church. Faneuil Hall, Boston Common, the Old Statehouse, the USS Constitution, Boston Massacre Site are among some of the fascinating stops on the tour.

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In front of the Maclaurin Building on MIT’s Campus

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Lunch at the Russell House in Harvard Square

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Harvard University’s Memorial Hall

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Visit to Newburyport, Massachusetts

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Like all visits, time flew by so quickly.  We had a wonderful time laughing, talking, and exploring together.  It was, as always, difficult to say ‘till next time.’

On the way home, we stopped at Niagara Falls and stayed on the Canadian side of the falls.  It was the first time we’d been back in nearly twenty years. The surrounding area has changed tremendously, but the falls remain the same awe-inspiring, powerful, and immensely beautiful spectacle as ever.

The view of Niagara Falls from our hotel room

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