Holiday in the lobster & fog country - Maine!
Trip Start Jun 27, 2013
1Trip End Jun 30, 2013
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Where I stayed
The Holiday House Inn Scarborough
Read my review - 3/5 stars
Read my review - 3/5 stars
In the evening I was waiting for Peter in the lobby of the Sheraton hotel in Boston. Then – after approximately 3 months – I have seen him again – juhu - with 2 big back bags and yellow shorts! That's how you enter Sheraton!
When I proposed to go for a lobster dinner in Boston, Peter just asked “You know we’re going to Maine? To you know what Maine is about? LOBSTER‼!”
We decided to go to the Boston Hard Rock Cafe and enjoyed dinner there. After leaving, we noticed a noise comparable to fire work – and yes there was a fire work, but unfortunately it was fogy. For us the first firework in a fog, in Europe they would have cancelled it under such weather conditions!
Thursday , 27.6.2013:
Next day – last visit to the conference centre! Then we rented the car – Peter organized that
For dinner we had – guess lobster and a very good wine, especially created for enjoying together with lobster!
Next morning it was raining cats & dogs. In this regard, Maine is like Britain, best described by the British Friend of Asterix: It is only fogy when it doesn’t rain. So that day we had rain. Peter checked the Internet how far we would have to drive in order to see the sun – but no
You have to know... Bar Harbor is a very particular town. Imagine a very nice fisher village, quiet and original. First, delete the aspects quiet and original. Then empty all houses, put souvenir shops in there. Add some overpriced restaurants. Resorts, Heli-place as well as fancy tour-ships. Forget about the fisher village. Then you have Bar Harbor.
We wanted to explore Acadia National Park! It was not so easy to entre, because our car went on strike exactly at the entrance door! Was the reason the nice girl at the control point? Behind us already a bus, several cars, … but Peter managed to convince the car to continue. Reason being – you have to put neutral, hit the break AND close the window in order to start the car. Not really the thing that happens when you drive up to a booth with a nice girl inside :). Peter: I guess you are curious... and I'm sorry (myself!) that we don't have a picture of her :D. Driving along the coast – impressive views - guess what - in the fog. No chance to lay in the sun on the beach – it was raining, so we walked together in light rain along the coast – and had long discussions about everything.
We were driving up the Cadillac Mountain, the summit – 465 m – is the highest point in Hancock Country, but – guess what - there was only fog on the top, so we decided to drive
Arriving again in Bar harbor we decided to make a tour with the boat for „Catching the lobster“. Peter and me in the middle of a Japanese tourist group (imagine George Clooney saying – What else?). I thought Japanese are used to the sea, but … half of the people got seasick – and they even forgot to take pictures (the other half took enough pics anyway). But we
Three Lobster Facts:
- In lobster country Maine, fishers are only allowed to catch “legal size lobster”. This are lobster shorter than 5’’ and a complicated rule for minimum size. Check here if you want to know details.
- Lobster’s don’t feel the heat when they are put into the water
- There are soft and hard shell lobsters. Soft shell can’t be transported and have therefore a far lower market value – resulting in very affordable restaurant prices in Maine, still delicious!
Looking for a nice place to eat we found a very specific place. An old Polish couple, running a self-service store and a small restaurant – they offered us chowder, lobster and salad. As they had no license for wine, we only could order water, but they had no problem taking our own bottle which we bought few hours before in a wineshop (were the owner also had Austrian wine!). We enjoyed our rustical dinner with our wine in plastic cups! It was a blend designated to be drunk with lobster – called the Big Claw.
After a good breakfast to again were driving to Bar Harbor – because we again wanted to buy a bottle of wine (the Big Claw) for Peter´s friend in Washington. For the first time we were able to walk in the sunshine through this touristic village – and had some icecream – lobster icecream, no it is not a joke – it was lobster icecream, but to be honest – one try is enough.
Then we started the way back to Boston, stopped in Augusta – the capital town of Acadia. It was pretty much dead, seems like most capital cities are abandoned on Sundays (had a similar experience in Hartford, CT). Next stop was Len Libby (a chocolate factory– visiting the
The last stop before Boston we had at the Portland lighthouse – the most famous view in Maine, which is surrounded by a large park. At a snack bar we ordered (no restaurants in this area) lobster rolls – the best in town! And enjoyed our lobster roll – which was really good - together in stormy weather (guess what... this time no rain and no fog!) with the view to the
Next stop – Boston airport! After enjoying 4 wonderful days together, I took the flight to Vienna and Peter the bus from Boston to Washington, being prepared to start his next tour through the US – but this is another story,... or stories!!!!!
In summary, we had a great time and Maine is about two things: Lobster and fog.
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