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  • Day10

    5. Tag USA - Good Morning Portland (ME)

    September 24, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Da wir sehr spät in Portland ankamen, verbrachten wir die Nacht in unserem guten Kumpel „Blue Rogue“. Es war bequemer als gedacht, und wir hatten schon überlegt ihn über AirBnB anzubieten 😂. Irgendwie sind ich und Julia uns einig, dass unser Nissan männlich ist und ein bisschen zickig 😅. Er ist uns schon nach zwei Tagen ans Herz gewachsen, weil er sich wie eine kleine fahrende Heimat anfühlt - klingt seltsam, aber genauso fühlt sich wahrscheinlich ein echter Road-Trip an....! 🇺🇸

    Heute Morgen wurde ich von einer phänomenalen Aussicht geweckt - das Morgenlicht leuchtete über das Schilf an dem See vor dem wir über Nacht geparkt hatten, und ich konnte die Skyline von Süd-Portland sehen. Dabei war der Platz ein Zufallsfund gewesen nach einer chaotischen Fahrt durch die nächtliche Stadt☺️. Wir frühstückten direkt am See in der offenen Kofferraumklappe 🧡.

    Anschließend ging unsere Fahrt weiter in das Herz von Portland. Auf der anderen Seite der Stadt existiert ein altes Hafenviertel mit der Hauptstraße, der „Commercial Street“. Der Ort war hübsch, aber sehr touristisch. Es gab viele Handelsstände an der Straße mit allen möglichen Souvenirs, extra Kreuzfahrten mit nachgebauten Segelschiffen oder Stadtrundfahrten mit kleinen Bussen. Abseits der Hauptstraße kann man noch alte Hafengebäude sehen, die ein eigenes abgelebtes Flair besitzen. Wir hatten einen schönen Nachmittag und machten uns bald auf den Weg den letzten Punkt von Jeffs Empfehlungs-Liste zu besuchen, das kleine Örtchen Camden...
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    Elvira Landherr

    Ja,kann sein das euer Auto männlich ist+ zickig( find ich klasse 😀) und ein Stück Heimat- geborgen fühlen,weil er immer da ist und euch aufnimmt- sogar in der Nacht Geborgenheit gibt 😎😋

    Elvira Landherr

    Wow,ein Coca Cola truck

  • Day1

    Day 1 - Cape Cod to Portland, ME

    June 10, 2021 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 59 °F

    The Stilescon II road trip to Portland, Maine kicked off with traffic outside of Boston but was saved by a scenic picnic lunch in Newburyport. Once outside of Boston, we rarely tapped the brakes. We are happy with our rental in downtown Portland; it should be a great base for the next 6 days. Alex joined us for a late dinner in our apartment, taking a train up from Boston after work. We toasted to being reunited as a family after 18 months of separation due to COVID-19. Dinner was topped off with a late night adventure in which we walked a mile in the dark to track down Ben & Jerry’s ice cream to a collective craving.Read more

  • Day7

    Portland, Maine I

    October 14, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

    As this was our first US port all passengers had to be cleared by US Customs & Border Protection. Although there were nearly 1800 passengers the process was well organized and went quickly. Once again we did a self-guided historical walk in the downtown area and along Commercial Street, the main tourist zone. We stopped for lunch at The Porthole Restaurant where we enjoyed what Maine is famous for....lobster, haddock fish & chips and fish tacos. The restaurant wasn’t fancy but the food was fresh and delicious. JS headed back to the ship; Ed wandered along the waterfront before going back to the ship; while Janet & I did a long walk along the Eastern Promenade that runs along Casco Bay. It was a very scenic area.Read more

  • Day11


    August 19, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Our host from the airbnb we stayed in got us some nice pastries we could eat for breakfast, so nice of her!!! We took the pastries in the car and drove up to Camden. A little city, still on the coast of Maine. We sat in the harbour and ate the pastries. It was all foggy and it was gorgeous to see. Got some souvenirs and went on with our drive to Freeport. An outlet center. We shopped around for a bit and than drove further to Portland. That city is just so beautiful and nice. The atmosphere is so good and safe. Had such a good time walking around there. We drank something at a bar and went on with our walk to a new bar where we also had some nachos that we shared for dinner since we are all stuffed from our hamburgers that afternoon.Read more

  • Day2

    Day 2 - Art and Treasures in Portland

    June 11, 2021 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 59 °F

    Portland has an amazing amount of “Culchah”, as the Bostonians put it, given its mere 65000 people. We started with Art. Since Alex was working the rest of us went to the Portland Art Museum and thought it was a decent collection. Paul’s favorite was an Orientalist painting (of course) and Sarah liked a nice Braque. Unfortunately only one Hopper, and an early one, was on display, but we all fell for Andrew Wyeth. We then went over to the Flea Market, an indoor antique shop, and Paul bought an early Escher print that he was using in his book. Endless food options narrowed to a bistro where we followed Curtis’ recommendation to try poutine for the first time. Think French fries, gravy, cheese and bacon. We had another culinary adventure that night when we all went to Slab, a Sicilian place where we also sampled some amazing craft beer from Allagash (great craft beer is EVERYWHERE here).Read more

  • Day14

    Portland (Maine)

    August 11, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

    Nach 7 Stunden Fahrt (inkl. Pausen und Einreiseprozedere in die USA) erreichen wir Portland (Maine).

    Leider haben wir mit dem Wetter kein besonderes Glück, denn es regnet quasi ununterbrochen. Aber davon lassen wir uns nicht unterkriegen und gehen erst mal ne Runde an der Eastern Promenade spazieren um die Beine von der langen Fahrt zu lockern und ein bisschen Meerluft zu schnuppern.

    Danach geht’s zum alten Hafen, wo sich allerlei Restaurants befinden. Und da wir in Maine sind, gibt es heute Lobster Roll 🦀.
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    Peter Betz

    Sieht lecker aus 👍🏽👍🏽

  • Day1347

    USA Tour - Portland, Maine

    November 19, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 1 °C

    Today I braved the cold weather and did the back cove trail which is around 3.5 miles long around ‘Back Cove’

    Took me a while to do as the floor is covered in snow and I’m wearing Nike 270’s which isn’t ideal! However, it was a great walk which takes you into the north and west of the city for you to walk around and discover!

    Walking my way back towards my hostel I stopped off and got the best steak sandwich I’ve ever had. Currently in Starbucks, stealing their WiFi to update this blog, drink some ice tea and watch the world go by.

    It’s my last day here in Portland as I’m off back to Boston tomorrow - my original plan of carrying up further north to bar harbour was brought to an abrupt halt as each local I spoke to highly suggested I didn’t as I don’t have the correct clothing and it won’t be that pretty up there at the moment. So I am making my way back to Boston and I’ll basically see where ever is cheapest to go next and go there. I may treat myself to a beer or two tonight though...
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  • Day1346

    USA Tour - Portland, Maine

    November 18, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 1 °C

    Decided to just walk around the town today - Portland is only a small place, so it’s very easy to get around. I ended up around the harbour area today, which was so quiet as it’s all pretty much closed for the season, including a lot of restaurants. Eventually came across a bar called ‘Ri Ra’ which is an Irish bar that was actually quiet good. I drank miller lite, and watched the NFL like a local. I also got speaking to a couple from Boston who where up here on vacation for a few days. Real cool, super nice people who bought me a few drinks and also recommended other places to go in Boston if I ever go back (I go back in a few days 😂😂)

    After all the beer was drunk I needed another walk around the town. I stumbled across a place called ‘duckfat’ which was awesome - ended up getting a huge plate of poutine ❤️❤️
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  • Day17


    August 11, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    A long winding drive to Portland to take in the Maine coastline, and now enjoying a well deserved (and reasonably priced!) beer in the Thirsty Pig 😀 it is however 35 degrees outside, despite being after 6pm, and incredibly close...the walk in from the hotel was rather uncomfortable...Read more

  • Day1348

    USA Tour - Portland/Boston

    November 20, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ❄️ 0 °C

    So I came back to Boston today after a few days up in Portland. The plan was to carry up further north but after a few locals advised against it and seeing on the news that a storm was coming in I made the decision to come back to Boston for a few nights, as from here it’s quite easy to get around!

    However before I left for Boston I had another walk around Portland, and went to a place called ‘Beckys’ out on the waterfront that a few people had told me to try. It’s open from 4am to 9pm 7 days a week! Got my self a breakfast there and ended up talking to a few locals there, one recommended I make my way to New Haven in Connecticut, so I may look into that. What I have noticed a lot up in New England is that most people think Liverpool is in Ireland....

    Had my first travel incident today too - I left all my ID and credit cards etc at my hostel when I checked out. Luckily I got some WiFi and I had an email off the hostel letting me know they had them otherwise i wouldn’t of noticed till I’d of left Portland which would of been too late!!! Coincidentally it’s the first time I’ve left a room without patting my head - I always check I have everything and if I do I pat my head like a postman’s knock so I know I’ve checked... so I’ll be sure to pat my head every time I leave a room now....
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