21st STOP: BAR HARBOR, ME; What’s Next?
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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
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
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:
Warnemunde (Berlin), Germany
St. Petersburg, Russia (2 days)
Nynashamn (Stockholm), Sweden
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]
Halifax, Nova Scotia
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