US Port - First & Last - Bar Harbor, ME

Trip Start Oct 06, 2012
Trip End Oct 13, 2012

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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Sunday 10/7/12 Bar Harbor, ME

We arrive in Bar Harbor, Maine around 7:00 AM. Our cabin is the most aft (rear) location with limited views in the window due to a solid wall on the deck outside. But we heard the mighty anchors being lowered as the Veendam became stationary in the harbor. After a hardy breakfast at the Lido Restaurant, we departed on the ships tender with an hour to spare for our Cadillac Mountain & lobster lunch tour.

Peggy & I walked up the Bar Harbor hill from the dock & made our way to a Christmas shop.... Surprise!!! While Peggy was shopping for family ornaments, I went to check out the store on my list in Halifax.... Fioria, a specialty import olive oil store.... Some mighty fine balsamic vinegars & extra virgin olive oils. I bought one of each & plan to have some very tasty bread dipped in olive oil & pepper.

We boarded our tour bus and spent the next 2 hours seeing Bar Harbor and riding around the scenic drive up to Cadillac Mountain, the highest natural land near the coast on the Atlantic. It was a very relaxing & breathtaking view of the northeastern shoreline of the United States. The leaves were beginning to turn from green to brown.

We made our way down Cadillac Mountain back to Bar Harbor (pronounced locally Bah Harbah) and were let off at the Country Club a couple of blocks from the dock to enjoy a real new England Lobster bake. Now when I think of a lobster bake, visions are conjured up with a bonfire on the beach and a huge pot to put all the lobsters & fixings. But that wasn't the case at one of the finest eating establishments in Bah Harbah! We were seated at tables of 10 with a center set of tables in the dining room with lobster, red potatoes, corn on the cob & bread served as we walked by holding your plate.

Peggy and I had eaten whole lobster before along with several others at our table. However, Ann (from our nighttime dinner table) had not ever experienced having a whole lobster dinner. She had one of the wait staff "debone" the lobster and seemed squeamish about it. She told us later that she was pretty grossed out by the experience and would never do that again. However, she does love lobster!

The other interesting fact about our table of 10 (that I learned on Monday night with our new friends from Ohio) is that the woman sitting next to Ann was apparently a transvestite. You meet and see the strangest people when you travel!

Sunday night was formal dinner night on the Veendam. And although we brought appropriate clothes, Peggy didn't feel like dressing up so went up to the Lido Restaurant and ate the exact same menu items; beef wellington, lamb, quail and fixings. We enjoyed it and even made the 8 PM show. The musical group Livewire performed, a husband & wife team, Claire & Mike. Claire played the fiddle & Mike played guitar and their specialty was Celtic music with spattering of American music. A couple of our favorites were songs from the play Fiddler on the Roof and of course The Devil Went Down To Georgia. Great way to end our last day in the USA.
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