Kittery ME to Brunswick MEJune 16, 2017 in the United States
After a quick visit to the mall to exchange an item, we hit the road north. First stop Kennebunk and Kennebunkport, summer home of the Bush family. Didn't spot them, but did see some big houses. This is a busy place. Republicans seem to have more class than Democrats (see Hyannis). Still prefer Marblehead MA, myself.
Got gas. This time very few cheaper gas stations afterwards, but still keeping an eye out!
Then Portland, which is more Limerick than Galway. A bit edgy, with the most down and outs we've come across anywhere. Lots of red brick buildings. Not timber because Portland has burned down a few times in the past. After the 4th time, they copped on about the timber buildings. Quirky shops. Microbreweries & pubs. We walked around, rain threatened but never materialised.
I changed into longs in the car park, before venturing onto the streets of Portland. It's a bit chilly up here in Maine. Parkme.com guided me to best value parking in the city centre. Cost $5 for two hours this time! That's 10 times the cost in Salem, which is a much nicer town to visit.
We planned to lunch at Marcy's Diner in the city. Using Garmin pedestrian mode, we found it. Shut for 3 weeks! "Chooso for the ferraris" as they say in Italy.
Next Freeport. Mall city, literally. L.L. Bean is based here. Huge shop, with lots of outlets clustered around it. No other outdoor apparel shops though, such as Columbia. Bean's seemed dear, but it's not an outlet. Got Christmas decorations at the Mangey Moose. Not many people from Ennis can say that.
Coffee and a sandwich at Beans. VLL: next time have a small basic coffee, not a medium Americano. Latter dearer but only difference is double the water = dirty water, not coffee. Opted not to add a tip for a self-service service.
We passed the Fat Boy drive-in diner on the way to the hotel in Brunswick. It is one of our possible dining choices for this evening. Only in America!
The dirty washing has been sorted at the hotel, by my personal assistant, who needs to go now and check progress. I've done my bit, by reminding her.
We also now know what "efficiencies" are. There was something else we were supposed to google, but we've forgotten what is was, as we predicted at the time we said we'd google it..........
We stopped by the Fat Boy drive-in for photos though not for food. You turn your headlights on if you want service. Food is brought to the car on a tray that hangs from the window. We were en route to a classier joint, the Brunswick Diner. It's housed in an old railway carriage. Friendly waitress sorted out a booth for us after we sat for a while at the counter. Delicious Clam chowder to start (for me only) then the "Johnny Cash" for me (ribeye steak, three fried eggs over easy & Texas toast) and a Brunswick Burger (mushrooms, onions, bacon & an egg) for my companion, both of which were proclaimed delicious. The bag of "chips" added to the burger occasion. We really,enjoyed the experience. The place was packed, though it is small. The Wurlitzer jukebox doesn't work, unfortunately.Read more