Conway NH to Manchester NHJune 20, 2017 in the United States
Breakfasted again at Bea's and hit the road. First stop, state Capitol, Concord. We both agreed it was the best of the three we've seen so far this trip, RI, ME & NH. It's in town and while the others are elevated, this one is the best. Replica of the Liberty Bell in the park in front as well as statues of some local notables. We walked the historic downtown street, a pleasant street of coffee shops and a few other interesting stores. Stopped at the Merrimack County Bank to use the ATM. Used revolut to avail of fee-free monthly withdrawal but charged $3 by the bank! Outraged, but the 50 cent charge for an hour's parking compensated a little, though not fully, as you can imagine.
Headed south for Manchester. First stop an art gallery with some world class paintings, including a Monet. Plenty of room in the car park - because it's shut on Tuesdays.
Undaunted we headed for the Mall of New Hampshire to Best Buy. In sight of the mall, Marcy wanted us to u-turn, so we obeyed. She should have told us to turn left. Maybe due to new road layout, but I blame Marcy. Six miles detour later we got to Best Buy. On the detour we passed a road sign, with Derry to the left and Londonderry to the right.
We engaged a Best Buy sales assistant at great length before opting to pay $49, a king's ransom in revolutionary times, for an Amazon Fire.
Then on to outlet mall. A proper one this time, Premium Outlets. Better than Kittery's and North Conway's. It's new. So new that Marcy didn't have the address. So I used a proxy. A Dunkin Donuts nearby whose address she did have. Must have make the same zip code error as before, because our destination definitely was not a Dunkin Donuts or any other type of donut. MTC made enquiries at a petrol station and the day was saved.
It's a very good mall, designed like streets, with plenty of seating along the way for me and decent enough wifi. I hit Columbia. I will have some explaining to do at Customs about bringing such non-seasonal clothes all the way to America and back.
We dined at the Puritan Backroom, based on TA rating 5/399. MTC enjoyed her French onion soup while I devoured a large serving of Buffalo Wings. We both had burgers, which were tasty if a little dry. First time we experienced a gushing waitress on this trip, though not too bad. Portions are good, most people were leaving with a box.
Got to the hotel at 22:00 to check in, just as two busses of school children arrived. No noise overnight and so far at 08:30 no sign of them at breakfast, though the two busses are still here.Read more