21st STOP: BAR HARBOR, ME; What’s Next?

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Monday, August 29, 2011

Post #23

We are now home and this is our final scrapbook entry for our trip.  I had considered that we might not be able to visit Bar Harbor with Hurricane Irene moving up the Atlantic seaboard and we would end up arriving early in Boston.  But, we experienced the calm before the storm and we got to enjoy a beautiful day in Bar Harbor.  

Arriving there I thought that the area with its islands and trees looked like the area between Vancouver and Victoria, BC and Washington's San Juan Islands.  This is a prime vacation area with Acadia National Park located nearby and a historic place where the wealthy have maintained large, grand vacation homes.  

Riding the tender from the ship to the harbor pier we could see large homes, resort hotels, sailboats, and the small community commercial area.  Bar Harbor is famous for its seafood, especially lobsters.  The photos show some of the colorful restaurants, shops and the grand homes.  After shopping with Diana (I actually bought a tee shirt and a hat for my first purchases of the entire trip) she continued to shop and I went for my usual walking tour.  I discovered an unexpected pipe organ concert at the St Saviour’s Episcopal Church.  A very talented organ professor professionally played classical music on the church organ that robustly showed off the numerous pipe tones and features of the organ.

The shoreline of Bar Harbor is quite picturesque.  Also, a prime photo opportunity was the 4-masted schooner Margaret Todd, cruising into the harbor.  It was built in 1998 to serve as a tour boat.  A major attraction here is Acadia National Park.  I was able to walk through the edge of the forested area on trails and a boardwalk.  What I missed was the opportunity to visit the rugged rocky coastline portion.  Also, the season was too early to see this area in the glory of the multi-hued fall colors.

As I said in an earlier email note, we narrowly got into and out of Boston before the hurricane got near Boston.  Thus we had a quick departure from the ship.  But, before we did that we enjoyed the 35th day of eggs, bacon and hash brown potatoes and other breakfast goodies on the ship.  The cook that prepared Diana’s poached eggs laughed and kidded with her that on the next day she would have to cook her own eggs.  Not being able to eat from the full array of food selected from at least 8 entrees each night also provides another opportunity to drop the weight I gained this trip.  Oh, I forgot the dessert; sometimes Wells and I couldn’t decide which dessert was best that night, so we each ordered two to allow our decision to be based upon accurate taste evidence.

WHAT’S NEXT?

Well, we had so much fun on this trip that we booked another cruise for next year to see more of northern Europe.  Next August we fly to Amsterdam and take the Holland America Lines MS Eurodam on the Baltic and Vikings Voyage.  From Amsterdam we will go to:

Copenhagen, Denmark

Warnemunde (Berlin), Germany

Helsinki, Finland

St. Petersburg, Russia (2 days)

Tallinn, Estonia

Nynashamn (Stockholm), Sweden

Amsterdam

Stavanger, Norway

Flam, Norway (scenic cruising in Sognefjord)

Lerwick, Shetland Islands, Scotland

Rejkjavik, Iceland (2 days) [we were there on our current trip]

Scenic cruising Prince Christian Sound, Greenland [we got blocked by ice there]

Nanortalik, Greenland [this and the next 2 ports were on our current trip]

St. John’s, Newfoundland

Halifax, Nova Scotia

New York.

The cruise runs for 28 days including 17 port days and 10 sea days.  If you want to join us the budget is equivalent to storing away about $500 of savings per month for the next year per person.  We’re thinking we might get part of that by renting out our trailer.  When we take it out on the road for our 2 to 4 week land cruises in the winter and spring, the renter can stay in our villa.  Just kidding, but we will be looking for someone to care for Benny and Buzz for about 5 weeks while we are gone, and the villa will be available.

Well, that wraps up this year’s trip blog.  We hope you enjoyed the ride with us.

Lorenzo and Diana
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