On Tour

What a whirlwind week! Monday was Boston on our own. Tuesday, we met our tour group, sailed Boston Harbour and drove to Portland Maine where we spent three nights. So far, we have taken 2 boats and two train rides. The tour is appropriately named The Rails and Sails Tour.

 Our tour group is mostly from Franklin, North Carolina, a town of 3500 people of whom 33 are on tour with us right now. They are all retired and a bit older than I am but they're great fun and really friendly. I am not a "tour person" but I am really enjoying sunny skies, delicious meals, a charming tour guide and vividly coloured leaves.

The coastline of Maine is rugged and beautiful. It looks a little like the Oregon coast. We took a tour of Casco Bay in Portland where we saw many islands, cormorants and sailboats.
Portland Head Lighthouse 
We visited the The Portland Museum of Art, one of those jewels that appears unexpectedly in a town of 66,000 inhabitants. Andrew Wyeth and Winslow Homer both painted in the Portland area. Mary and I were so entranced with the collection that we were the last ones on the bus. All of the group do not enjoy spending time in small art galleries as much as I do. For me, that is a drawback of an organized tour because I can spend quite a lot of time in galleries, museums and bookshops.
Conway railway workers
This morning we drove to North Conway, New Hampshire to take a 2 hour train trip through the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Another day that exceeded our expectations! The yellows and reds of the trees were so vivid as our train chugged its way over trestle bridges and past shining rivers.
This reminds me of a Group of Seven painting.
Many meals on this tour are included and it is impossible to decide which one has been the best. Tonight's Yankee pot-roast with a local Moat Mountain Bone Shaker Ale was just right for the end of a glorious autumn day. When we were in Maine, we sampled lobster rolls, a variety of seafood chowders and some fresh grilled haddock.

Autumn is my favourite  season. I love the richness of colour, the glowing ambers and browns of October beer, the creamy buttery coloured squashes and the scents of cinnamon and nutmeg.

Tomorrow we will travel along a scenic highway to Cape Cod where we will spend two nights before leaving for New York City.


  1. What a fabulous sounding tour! The White Mountains are stunning this time of year. I've been trying to interest le monsieur in an autumn trip to New England for some years now.

  2. Sounds as if you're having a glorious time, despite your reservations about tour travelling (like you, I might have made the bus wait outside the gallery . . . what an opportunity!)


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