Exploring the South Normandy Coast in France


As we continued our journey through Normandy, France, we drove straight west from Rouen for a jaunt through the resort town of Deauville, with its yacht harbor, beaches, casino and grand beachfront hotels. Very beautiful with the blue skies and water.   We then proceeded south along the coast, through a number of less glamorous [Read more …]

Exploring Rouen France in Normandy

Hotel de Bourgtheroulde courtyard

Although we have been to France many times, we have never explored the Normandy area. Of course, what first comes to mind (at least my mind) when thinking about the area is World War II. Well, we are off to a 3 month trip to Europe and decided to make Normandy our first stop, to [Read more …]

Catching Up with the New Boston


We finished up the trip to Nova Scotia via Boston. Although we have many friends and memories of the time we lived here, this time we had only a day and a half to catch up with the city. Our initial exposure to the city, from driving into and a brief walk through downtown and [Read more …]

Camden, Maine Restaurants

During our trip, we spent two nights, and had two dinners in Camden Maine: Natalie’s One the first night, we ate at a place we have been to multiple times– Natalie’s. We were too lobstered out from Red’s (not to speak of 1.5 weeks of lobster lunches and dinners in Nova Scotia) to partake in [Read more …]

Up (and Down) the Downeast Coast to Camden, Maine


After deciding to pass on the tempting exhibition at the Portland Museum of Art, it was time to leave Portland Maine. We followed the route we had taken many times before when we lived in Boston. And, since things change slowly on the Maine coast, we did most of the same things we have done [Read more …]

A Night in Portland, Maine


Our ferry from Yarmouth Nova Scotia to Portland Maine arrived as scheduled at 6:30 PM. After disembarking and going through immigration and customs (our Global Entry Passes aren’t applicable for travel from Canada but we were at the front of the line and got through quicky), we decided to explore one of the hot, newer [Read more …]

Yarmouth Nova Scotia to Portland Maine Ferry


Rather than drive back from Nova Scotia to New England, we travelled from Yarmouth, Nova Scotia to Portland, Maine via the NovaStar ferry, a lo-o-o-ng (10 hour) sea journey. While many people use the ferry to transport their cars, as well as themselves, we left one rental car in Yarmouth and picked up another (at [Read more …]

Yarmouth and Nova Scotia’s South Shore

Yarmouth Nova Scotia The city, which grew as a shipbuilding and shipping town, fell on hard times, most recently when ferry service to Maine ended. It is, however, somewhat recovering now that the ferry to Portland has recently been reinstated. It still has some distinguished buildings and a number of interesting Georgian and Italianate homes. [Read more …]

Shelburne and Birchtown Nova Scotia


Shelbourne, on Nova Scotia’s southeast coast, was an 18th- and 19th-century shipbuilding center that was founded in 1783. It grew to 10,000 people within a year, primarily due to British loyalists who fled America after the Revolution. It eventually grew larger than Montreal and Quebec before the British-run Canadian government stopped providing free land and [Read more …]

Lunenburg Nova Scotia and Makone Bay


The coastline of Makone Bay is is pretty as St. Margaret’s Bay (see previous post), its next-door neighbor. While the coast has a number of scenic coves, it also has two of the pretties towns on the province’s central coast.   Mahone Bay The town of Mahone Bay is a pretty coastal town with many [Read more …]