Sunday, August 21, 2011

Places in Between - #5 of 5

The Village of Bucksport on the Penobscot River

Fort Knox sits on a hill overlooking the Penobscot River. Construction of the fort began in 1844. The fort saw two periods of military activity during the Civil War and the Spanish-American War. No enemy ships ever appeared on the Penobscot, nor threatened the town of Bucksport or other river towns.

A photo with irony. Bob had multiple accidents (I counted at least 5) on the tour where he needed medical attention. He could have used the ambulance.

Main gate

Fort Knox, built of solid granite from quarries 5 miles away

A mighty big cannon

The parade ground inside the fort

A guy named Norman is the desk clerk :-)

If you look close, this is a bench made of lobster floats. Clever but not very comfortable.

Passing through the boutique village of Camden

The village library with beautiful garden overlooks the harbor

The Camden Harbor

A schooner flying a CA bear flag cruised into the harbor

Cappy's - the best darn bakery of the entire tour

The blueberry walnut sticky bun was outstandingly yummie!

Baker taking a tray of goodies into the retail store

The lads woofing down tasty pastries from Cappy's

A church adapted to Performing Arts Center

Visiting Bowdoin College in Brunswick ME

The Museum of Art where Ed Hopper paintings were on exhibit

Architectural gems of Brunswick

A farmer's market at the main square

The last stop, Portland ME, where we spent 3 days preparing for our departure. We had time to tour the downtown area and see the main attractions.

Near the Portland Art Museum is the Arts District where there were many galleries, lofts, eateries, and Maine School of Art.

The PMA is a 4-story building containing an excellent collection of fine arts from around the world and superb collection of ME art.

Inside views of the PMA

Street scenes

A piece of the Berlin Wall was displayed on the Wharf

View of the Waterfront

A funky bus boat taking visitors around town . . .

. . . and into the bay

Portland Observatory

The tower, built in 1807, is the last surviving maritime signal tower in the US. Using telescope and signal flags, 2-way communication between ship and shore was possible several hours before an incoming vessel reached the docks. The tower facilitated the preparation of the docks to accept arriving cargoes.

The tower is 86' tall and stands 222' above sea level. It was last renovated in 1998-2000.

Views of the city/bay from the tower (above and below)

Fine graffiti portraits painted on electrical panels at the waterfront park

End of New England Tour

1 comment:

Hats & Taps said...

Quite the tour Geno! Thanks! Marie