Tell Me a Story: September 2018

Well the title this month seems apt to where I am going with my next few blogs.  I am telling a story.  On September 14, 2018, with just a single carry on bag and a camera bag each, we headed off on a whirlwind exploration of north east America.  By chance we were offered the use of a cottage in Wells Beach, Maine.  The discussion was quick, the answer was yes, and I began studying the surrounding areas and planning things to do and see.  My friend said this vacation was going to kill us and she was not far off the mark.  We did so much and saw so much.  I was blown away by the beauty up north and yes we were lucky enough to see the start of the fall colors making their appearance in the area.

So on the Friday morning – bags packed and all ready to go we head off to the local airport at some crazy early hour, like 4:30 am.  Our flight to Boston was via Atlanta.  We had been watching Florence all week and wondering how that would impact us.  Good news – no impact at all, not even a bump.

Arriving in Boston, I knew from my agenda that we were heading to Salem first, then on to Manchester by the Sea, and finally up to Wells Beach.  I also knew that we did not have a lot of time in each place due to our check in time in Wells Beach.

Navigating through and out of Boston, came with a few choice words, and a good reminder never to do Amazing Race with Richard.  I am a useless navigator and it is hard to follow a map when you have no clue where you are.  Of course, it is even more annoying when your driver does not trust your navigation system 😦

That said we finally arrived in Salem, along with the 2000 other tourists.  What I have learned over the years is that Richard has little patience with traffic and especially in places he does not know.  So we whizzed down the main street of Salem, with me saying “mmm that looked interesting”.  We found the main city center and after finding a parking we got out and walked around the town.  There were some interesting sights to see in Salem.

First off, I love the old buildings.  I love the cobblestones (although they are not that comfortable to walk on).  A lot of the buildings are brown.  All these towns have wonderful old churches.

Salem’s history dates back to around 1692 and the story of the the witch trials.  If you want to read more about the witch trials click here.

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Bewitched Statue of Elizabeth Montgomery

The history behind this statue is that this is a depiction of the woman who starred as Samantha in the sitcom “Bewitched”.

 

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Nooks and cranny’s where you could stop to rest your weary feet and have a drink.

 

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Lady of Salem – there were a number of artist inspired ladies posted around the area.

 

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Lots of color around nightmare Gallery

 

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And talking nightmare gallery – this CVS is not on my list of places to visit.

 

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You will find a lot of pics of Richard walking ahead of me – I get easily distracted.  Love the cobble stone and the red brick pavers.

 

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I loved looking up at the amazing edgings along this building.

 

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I am not quiet sure what this is but it looks scary enough to be in Salem.

 

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Like all these historical cities you have many actors sharing their thoughts on city life.

 

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We walked around looking for a restaurant but never found one.  Finally found one at 7 pm that evening – first meal of the day and it wasn’t in Salem.

 

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I spotted this guy playing music from the top of the road and just zoomed in on him.  Only realized later that he was outside the Salem Museum.

 

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As I mentioned earlier I love old buildings and if you follow this series of blogs you will find a number of old churches that we came across.

 

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Tabernacle Congregational Church in Salem.

 

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We are on the road, leaving Salem and heading towards Manchester on the Sea.  Notice something different, yup we are heading into fog.

 

This is a circle blog and I am looking forward to seeing what everyone else has got up to this month.  Follow the link here to see what my fellow blogger  Beth of Beth Williams Photoblog has for you this month.  Don’t forget to leave a little love on her page.

Look out for the next installment of our road trip when we head to Manchester by the Sea, city of the 2017 film “Manchester by the Sea”

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4 Comments on “Tell Me a Story: September 2018

  1. Pingback: Maine Vacation: Manchester by the Sea | sharleenstuart

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