Day 11: Quebec City, Quebec

No, you didn’t miss a post. Our Day 10 was at sea, and we spent it relaxing, learning about the Halifax explosion of 1917 (a big deal) and losing at trivia. At dinner, we explored some mystery objects and an “amazing” deck of cards. Today, we travelled down the St. Lawrence Seaway, arriving in the […]

Day 9, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Our first trip to Prince Edward Island, potato capital of Canada, was a mild affair with waking around shops and a fine lobster and seafood lunch at a local watering hole. Famous for John A. MacDonald’s creation of the Canadian Confederacy, is memorialized in a life-sized statue sitting on a bench with his beaver fur […]

Day 8: Sydney, Nova Scotia

Cape Breton is known for three things: steel, coal, and fiddle music. The only thing left is the music. The steel went the way of most British and US mills and there’s little led to mark its passing except some blight in nearby Glace Bay and a very large crucible on display at a traffic […]

Day 7 Halifax, Nova Scotia

Halifax is a city that deserves a larger world presence than it presently commands. The around largest natural harbor in the world (after Sydney, Australia), Halifax has a rich history including the rescue of Titanic survivors, the provisioning of troops and supplies for world wars, and, tragically, the largest man made explosion prior to the […]

Day 6 Bar Harbor, Maine

Bar Harbor is simply named for the bar in the harbor, nice and simple. At low tide, you can walk to another island, but if you’ve parked on the bar at high tide, your car will be under 20 feet of water. Bar Harbor is the quintessential New England seaside town with lobster boats, lobster […]

Day 4 & 5: Boston and Maasdam

Day 4 finds us back in Boston after a lovely visit with some old friends from “across the pond.” At our pre-cruise reception, we made some new friends including Hank Eskin of Where’s George fame. Vermont was well represented, with “Everything Bagel” cheese from cabot, toffee from Rainbow Sweets in Marshville, and hard maple candies […]

Day 3: Shelburne Museum, Vermont

This is one of my favorite places on Earth. In the 1940’s, Vanderbilt heiress Electra Webb started collected things. Some trivets, some bottles, a few quilts. Then some circus toys, an old farm house. A school. A blacksmith’s shop. A light house. A ship…. you get the idea. Spanning several acres in quaint Shelburne, this […]

Day 2: New Hampshire, Vermont

In a day with absolutely perfect weather, we set out north from Concord, NH to Cabot, Vermont. First, a visit to the Hannah Dustin monument. She was a famed pioneer woman who escaped her captors and then returned to scalp them all. Hero? Villain? Depends on whether you were Catholic or Protestant. (More story coming.) […]

Day 1: Boston

Growing up in Salem, Boston was always the “big” city to me. I did work here a bit delivering newspapers at night and driving a truck for awhile, but it was never my city. Still, it has quite a bit of nostalgia. I walked past the Orpheum theater today where saw my first concerts: Talking […]

Day 1: Chicago

Arrived at the airport and made it through security with a minimum of wardrobe malfunctions. TSA has new procedures again, which I just let blow over me like a stale breeze. I have learned to love Midway, and I’m currently ensconced in my pre-flight breakfast nook at Harry Caray’s. Oatmeal, coffee, and the first bacon […]