Maine, lobster... Bar Harbor
Trip Start Aug 17, 2012
21Trip End Sep 09, 2012
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But we also realised that for the first time during our trip, we were on our own. In Florida we had backup of our son and our family in Ocala, but here we litteraly didn't know what to expect
One thing we knew already is that Maine is known for Lobster, and so well... We hadn't had lunch and passed a lot of lobster restaurants along the way, so the first stop, a couple of miles from our 'resort' was a restaurant where we had lobster. We could choose size, hard shell, or soft shell (hard of course) and away he went to an outside stove to be cooked in sea water. So here we are at 1PM in beautiful sun on a terras outside enjoying our first lobster. It was well worth it. What we also noticed is that the people here are different than in Florida. In the south they are 'over friendly' , and here they are just friendly, a bit more down to earth. After lunch we went to our residence near Bar Harbor.
The first sight was..
Before we went to sleep we visited Bar Harbor (downtown) and a Wallmart to buy some beverages and things we needed. There is much to say about Bar Harbour. It's located on an Island (Mount Dessert Island) and most of the Island is a wild parc called Acadia National Parc. It has a rich history that started in the 16th century when England and France 'ruled' over it. Cadillac mountain, the highest point of the island and of the entire Atlantic coast bears his name because of the alias of a French lawyer who was one of the first to really live on the island Antoine Laumet. He later founded Detroit who much later even named a famous car in his honor. Very interesting story to read. Before 1947 Bar Harbor was the place to be for the American jetset, the Rockefellers, Vanderbilts, Carnegies, Morgans and Astors all had huge mansions build here
Downtown is as touristic as it can be. Mainstreet is basically the main street with mostly giftshops, iceshops, restaurants and tour operators where you can basically book anything from boatrides, plane tours or excursions. We had coffee on the pier and later on went back to have dinner at Mainly Meat, a diner across the street from our motel. There we will also have breakfast.
So far the weather has been incredible, Maine is really beautiful on this end, and we are relaxing a lot... Tomorrow we will visit Acadia National Parc.