Augusta, Camden & Penobscot BayJune 17, 2017 in the United States
Breakfast was a bit chaotic, with quite a few families, part of some kids sports team. No tables when I arrived, but I bagged one fairly soon. The tables are all big round affairs which would seat 5 each. So once one person sits at a table, it's gone. I spread out. As it happened there were only two chairs at my table, so no takers until my travelling companion arrived.
Breakfast was ok but disappointed with the fruit and lack of English muffins.
Headed to the State Capitol in Augusta. The state museum is next door. Very good exhibits, well designed and informative. Some are quite detailed for the casual visitor. Still it was well worth the $4 admission for us both. That, of course was after the $2 senior discount!
Next, the downtown, waterfront, historic Augusta. This makes Limerick look like Paris. Lots of unoccupied shops. we balked at the $8 p.p. Admission (net of senior discount, of course. The only basis on which I engage) to a recreated fort. Augusta is not glamorous.
Onwards eastwards towards Camden and Penobscot Bay. Along the way we passed miles of houses many of which had junk scattered about. Looked poor.
Camden is lovely. A narrow cove with a smallish number of boats, some quite large. Nice views from the town which is a nice stroll. Touristy shops and a few restaurants. Some classy houses too.
We dined at the Sea Dog Brewery, out on the rear deck looking over the ha-bah. A pint of stout was my first drink since the plane. Discovered that there is a branch in our next port of call. Took a walk afterwards down by the quayside and saw the waterfall which runs under one of the other premises' deck. Camden gets added to the Essex-Wickford-Marblehead list of towns worth seeing. But it is the most remote of all three.
Returned to Augusta via Belfast. Looking at hotel, might have been better to have stayed 2 nights in Brunswick.......VLL, but won't be in Maine again to benefit from the lesson.Read more