Granite Town Hotel
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... is very quiet. We park up and walk around the main street, along the pier and up to the hotel where Thomas worked, which is shut for the season now. I am glad I got to see this place, it fills in for me some of the story of his life before we became us.
We leave Saint Andrews behind and decide to follow some of the Bay of Fundy costal drive, it turns out to be well worth it. We find some beautiful spots. One being a near empty beach (bar a few people walking ...
... and 10,000 sq ft and having a butler's pantry, it was a cottage because it didn't have a foundation or insulation. It was a wedding present to FDR and Eleanor from his mum. It is now an international park and the house (maintained in its glory with all original furnishings) is just part of the site. There are also lots of carriage drives and hiking trails. We did not do the site justice - saw the movie, had a guided tour and went through the house but didn't do ...
... Amongst many other displays there is the Wright Bros actual plane from 1903; Lindbergh's 'Spirit of St Louis' (1927); The first plane to fly around the world (1928, I think); Amelia Earhart's Lockhead Vega (1932); a range of rockets ranging from the V1 'doodle bug' that showered London during the latter stages of WW2 to more modern rockets (I saw similar stuff being launched at Woomera in 1969); as well as a heap of stuff from the NASA Moon landings and the International ...
... 1933, 35 and 36.
We loved the comfortable, functional furnishings that Eleanor chose to decorate the simple interiors of the Campobello home. The president's summer residence did not have electricity or a telephone. After our guided tour, we walked next door to the Hubbard House and enjoyed a fabulous, ...
... the ferry dock, then proceeded to drive the 10 miles down to the other end of the island. The last part of our Bay of Fundy experience is to view the "Old Sow Whirlpool" formed by strong currents colliding from Passamaquoddy Bay into Bay of Fundy. I have seen similar in Puget Sound while boating but these are right off the tip of island and form large pools. Again, the tides were not as strong as when a full moon but ...