WOW. This made me feel better — & vindicated.
I really MISS eating out & takeout. I miss Chinese. I typically eat Chinese, from a restaurant, twice a month.
This is the longest, by far, I have ever been, in my whole life from eating at a restaurant.
I just don’t get a good feeling.
Glad that the doctor is backing me up.
‘Acadia National Park‘ is alive & well, as beautiful, enchanting & welcoming as ever.
It was CROWDED. Lots of folks. Look at the number of ‘dots’ on ‘Sand Beach‘.
There was also more car traffic than we were used to. Yes, it is true that we have never been in July. Our trips have been in: last week of June, first week in September & once in early March. And I know that July is said to be the busiest month. But, I worked out another reason for the increased traffic. NO BUSES. That is a shame. I noticed it within 20-minutes of driving the ‘Loop’. No buses. I can understand. I had not planned to use the buses — not on this quick trip. We do use them — it is what we do on rainy days. Take the 3(+)-hour return bus ride from Bar Harbor to Southwest Harbor.
Did NOT notice that the campsites were closed. Not that I ever take much notice of campsites. We met a number of folks who said they had come in RVs. Never asked them where they parked.
Just drove through Bar Harbor, at 8:30pm at night, on the way home. Did not stop. Fair amount of folks. It was busy. Not sure about social distancing. Lot of people congregating on the pavement waiting to go into restaurants! Not good. The stores looked EMPTY. They can’t be happy.
A few restaurants closed. A few motels closed — some for sale.
Well, that is my update.
Glad we visited. The drive was worth it. Fantastic place.
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Attribution WILL be enforced.
What we did during our 8.5-hours there.
I had it worked out in my head —
and, for a change, all went according to plan.
Teischan (14) & I were both having ‘Acadia‘ withdrawal pangs. For the last 6-years we had always spent 3-5 days in Acadia at the end of June. We would typically also go for another stay, 3-4 days in September. Between 2013 & 2019 we had visited (& stayed) 12 — possibly 13 — times.
Not going in June, because of COVID was a blow.
We are still doing some degree of social distancing. We have not gone to a restaurant or got takeout since March 22. I miss that terribly! I like eating out & getting takeout. Well, if restaurants were out, in kind of followed that hotels would be too. Yes, we could have managed something, but it did not seem worth the hassle.
Then Teischan suggested a DAY TRIP!
I calculated the driving effort. In my old age I had usually limited myself to about 6-hours of driving a day. Deanna couldn’t go. Such a long drive would not be conducive to her back. So, I would have to do all the driving. I thought about. I insisted that I need to be allowed a 30-minute nap before the drive back.
It worked out. We left at 7:19 am on Wednesday, & arrived back home at 1:20 am Thursday. I did NOT arrange for the time to be so convenient. Just worked out. It was a LOT of driving. About my limit. Took the Jaguar XJ8. That made a difference. That is a TRULY European touring car. It does eat the miles without taxing your body too much.
We had a BALL. Did a fair amount of hiking, climbing (mainly her) & walking. We bought food at a supermarket in Ellsworth before we got there.
All worked out.
It was CROWDED. But, we had fun.
We know the ropes.
Taken with my Google Pixel 4 Phone.
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We were there for the ‘Spring Cleanup‘. Given that I was working (for a change) & Teischan was in a hurry to get home once we were done, I didn’t get much of a chance to take many pictures. So, what I show here don’t do adequate justice for what they have in bloom. The Castle & the grounds are resplendent. All set for the July 1 Grand Opening for 2020. You really should go & enjoy the flowers, the magnificent views, the architecture, the culture & ambiance. Even the restaurant & cafe are open & they have GOOD food. Enjoy. SMILE.
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This is going to be our new go to dining place in Hampton — even though it is not on the beach, but in town. Does not matter. The fabulous dining experience and great people more than make up for not being able to see the sea.
Kind of a serendipitous discovery for us. We usually go to the coast on New Year’s day — either Portsmouth (and surrounds) or Hampton — which also happens to be our wedding anniversary (I savvy enough to have go married then so that I was unlikely to run the risk of forgetting). Last year we went to Hampton, found this delightful place ‘on the beach’ and had a great time. Got to know them and liked it so much that we made 3 special trips during the remainder of the year (though it is a 90-minute drive). Then they inform me that they will be closed this New Year’s Day. I was not amused. We asked around and some folks from Exeter told us about the ‘Galley Hatch‘ and assured us that we will like it. They were right.
Very congenial place. I like the set up and the well-kept fish tank was a bonus. I am a sucker for good fish tanks in restaurants (probably because I rarely eat fish at restaurants).
A menu right up our alley. They had some good specials. I can’t be 100% sure but I think that was a special, Greek lamb burger I had — sans the bun.
The staff were exceptional. Very nice folk. We had a good time.
The desserts and sweets were something else, though as some of you know I do not imbibe in my old age. I am still brown from all the chocolate I ate when I was young. Deanna brought some carrot cake home.
Definitely going back. Yes, I will gladly make the drive. Looking forward to it.
That we were treated to a spectacular sunset as we were leaving seemed like an omen. A match made in heaven.
As is my wont, and since it was our anniversary I was slightly dressed up. Nothing too fancy. Just a bow tie, black sweater and an old jacket. But, suffice to say that was slightly more fancy than most of the other men.
So, one of the waitresses suggested that the next time we come we might want to go their more ‘upper scale’ sister restaurant — Tinos — upstairs. They even wanted us to go upstairs and check. We did. Very nice. But, I liked ‘The Galley Hatch’. So next time I am still going downstairs. Maybe I won’t wear a tie. SMILE.
Anywho … if you are in Hampton (New Hampshire) check it out. You will not be dissapointed. You will, as is invariably the case, thank me for the recommendation.
Oh, the main men’s room has an interesting configuration. Nothing wrong. Just amusing. Cracked me up. Definitely check it out too. SMILE.
We went their for dinner on New Year’s Day 2020 — which also happened to be our 17th wedding anniversary. It was good. It had been recommended to us and they were right. Great place. Good food. Great atmosphere.
But, this men’s room was a HOWLER. I kid you not. I talked to the manager (a very nice gentleman) about it. It was to accommodate the handicap access laws. It has been like that for 18-years. Cracks me up. You would think an architect could have come up with some other configuration.
Mind boggles. Don’t think too much about it. SMILE.
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Little Tokyo & Saigon
2800 Lafayette Road, Portsmouth
This was serendipity to the power of 2.
I knew that the ‘Downton Abbey’ movie we were going to see last night, at ‘Cinemagic‘, Portsmouth, was not going to finish till after 9pm. That meant that “Warren’s Lobster House“, our favored place for dining in Portsmouth for the last couple of years, was going to be closed. And not just them. Most of the restaurants in Portsmouth would also be closed. We know this. We have been in this boat before.
So, I did some Google researching before we left. This place was close, open till 10:30 and had an interesting menu. I definitely wanted to try the ‘Duck Salad’ if nothing else.
We got to the ‘Cinemagic’ 10-minutes ahead of schedule. So, I went and checked this place out before the movie. It is in a small mall, tucked in. You need to be looking for it. Now that I knew where it was, we got there, without issue, straight after the movie.
It is different inside. Green, bright, interesting lighting and just cozy and welcoming. Smelt divine.
What a place. Mainly ‘rich’ Asians. Great atmosphere. I loved it. My kind of place.
The Food. The Food.
What can I say other than it was way, way, way beyond expectations. Huge portions too. Given that it was late and there were two of us on strict diets I didn’t order much. even so we had three large containers of takeaway though we ate like there was no tomorrow.
The ‘Duck Salad’ was something else. It was so, so, so good. Teischan, no doubt the pickiest, fussiest and most critical eater in the whole world, tasted it — because I was raving about it — and liked it. Enough said. You can’t get higher praise than that.
Lovely service. Very friendly.
There was nothing one could find fault with. Good prices too.
Oh, they have fried ice cream.
We are going back. I will go back, though it is 1-hour away, just to eat there.
Highly, highly recommended.
Smile. I blew my diet. I think I gained 6 pounds!
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