Living the snow dream!

Trip Start Dec 26, 2012
Trip End Jan 27, 2013

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Hey guys,

So hoping to get these blogs out within the next day so Hawaii is ready to go. Been working heaps so haven't had the time to do it all unfortunately.

Anyway, I was finished my driving which was sad since I quite enjoyed being out on the road. But I was heading to a part of America which I had been dreaming of seeing and was finally seeing now that I was here and able to explore a few places!

The New England area is just beautiful. I only ever made it to Boston previously, so it was great to finally branch out. My first stop was a 2 night stay in Portland, Maine.

Portland was not a place I knew about. I looked at the map of Maine and then the public transport system along here and decided this would be a nice place to go and it would allow me to get to the next stop easily too.

I knew it was cold up there based on the weather reports, and since I was in relatively warmer temperatures in the South, I would have to rug back up like when I was in NYC before New Year’s which was ok since I had had a break from it.

When I flew into Portland, it was a sight I have never seen before! Snow was everywhere! All over the ground. I have never seen snow from above and to see it as far as the eye can see, on top of houses and along roads, it was just amazing!

Landing at the airport with snow along the runway was also very pretty. It had snowed the day before, based on the conversations with the people there so it was old snow, slowly drying up. The sky was blue so it was just very chilly once I went outside.

I made it to my Inn which was on Carleton street. It was a cute 3 storey brownstone. I was on the second floor. Buddy one of the owners showed me to my room, and it was just amazing! I loved everything about it. It even had a fake heater fireplace. For winter, it was just what I needed and I honestly felt like I was in a movie. Perfect setting and perfect winter weather.

Little did I know, and what Buddy would soon tell me is that my dream for seeing more snow would come true the very next day since it was forecast to snow overnight and the next day so I was very excited to be back with all the beautiful scenery!

I explored around near the hotel and saw all the snow along the streets. The streets had been plowed so  it was kinda dirty type snow but some of it was clean and some of it was very high. It was really cool and nice to be out in fresh air too. I went to dinner at a restaurant a few blocks from the Inn. It was called Cieolas. It was the BEST meal I had eaten on this trip! I had the spinach and ricotta cannelloni and a chocolate desert and even the bread was amazing because they gave you a cheese and chive spread…I actually ate 2 baskets full so about 8 pieces :) It was so good, I could have licked the plate! It was so good! Even the people next to me who I was talking to had ordered the same and they loved it too. It was a true experience!

Walking back to the Inn it was dark outside and here is where I truly felt like I was in a movie. Everything is quiet at night when there is snow. Traffic moves slower, people walk on and off footpaths and it is just so serene. I loved it! It wasn’t slippery though because the footpaths were clear, but gosh it was nice!

I relaxed watching tv and settled in for the night. I was excited for the snow tomorrow so I hoped I would get to see some. I woke up at about 7.30am and looked out my window…snow was everywhere! It was softly falling, but all the rooves I could see as I was on the second floor were piled with it. It was beautiful! I quickly showered and got dressed and headed downstairs for breakfast. But before sitting down, I went outside and took some pictures. It was the most wonderful sight I ever saw. The road had not been plowed yet so everything was covered! Cars, the road, the footpath, all of the old snow was now fresh…It was just an amazing sight!

I had breakfast which was so nice…they had muffin tops, fruit, eggs, bacon and toast…and they loved how I ate ketchup with my eggs..I think it is more of an Aussie thing :) I met Cindy the other owner, and she was just a darling! I really loved her! I sat and ate and relaxed for about an hour talking to her and another guest. She was just so nice, and the conversation was just on general things but meeting local people like her made me happy I made the trip up.

Afterwards, I got all my winter clothes on and headed outside with my camera. I was so excited to see it all covered like this. If Central Park was amazing in snow…this was something else! All of the houses were so pretty as it was, but seeing them with snow gardens and rooves and fences made it just picture perfect. I walked around for about an hour or so and the snow was at least a foot deep! I was thankful I had my good boots on and that I had sprayed them the night before again. It made walking around much easier.

Eventually it began snowing…and it got heavier…and heavier and just didn’t stop! It snowed for hours! After walking around Portland, which wasn’t a big town, I was cold and wet from the snow. Since it was very heavy, it was very slushy to cross some roads and being hit in the face was just lovely from the snow falling fast in the wrong direction. I ended up going to Starbucks for an iced frappachino (funny I know, since it was so cold) and a chocolate chip cookie which they heated up so it melted in your mouth! I went back out and just walked around in the snow, trying to not freeze to death. After having lunch, I decided a way to still be out in the town and not sitting in my room at the Inn, was to see a film. So I saw the 1.30pm Silver Linings Playbook with Bradley Cooper, who is my love since I watched him Alias over 10 years ago. So all you Bradley Cooper lovers who jumped on the bandwagon with The Hangover…I saw the talent he had long before that! So at least I managed to be out of the cold for a few hours. It was a great movie too.

After the movie, it was still snowing and it was about 3pm. So I decided I had had enough time in the snow for that day and walked slowly back to the Inn. It was also good to relax and unwind for a few hours too.

I had dinner at a pizza place near Cieola’s and that was lovely too. It was dark with night when I walked to and from the place, but unlike the night before, it was very calming and different. Just hearing your footsteps walking on snow was nice, and cars were driving slow so it was very peaceful. Some people were out shovelling their drives, so it was exactly like being in a Christmas movie like The Family Stone and walking around in the cold. Even though I had been out in the snow all day, and saw everything in white, it was so much nicer at night. I can’t explain it. It was just glistening in the street lights and the moon and I enjoyed it much more this way than in the daylight. It was still lightly snowing too which added an extra element to it as well.

Relaxing in the Inn once again, I packed my suitcase ready for my 9am bus to Portsmouth, New Hampshire the next day which was an hour ride.

I had to the leave the Inn early, and since breakfast started at 8am, I needed to leave earlier to get to the greyhound station in case of the snow. But Cindy ensured I got a cooked breakfast and made it to the station on time in the taxi so it was really nice that even though I wasn’t in breakfast hours that I still got fed. The people here were just amazing and I will return here just to see Cindy and Buddy! They were amazing and so was their Inn!

I hope you enjoyed reading this blog, it was a highlight for sure and I think the pictures will blow you away like they did for me actually being there.

Toni xo
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