28 Days Until A Real Vacation!!!!!

Can’t seem to get my mind off of you
Back here at home there’s nothin’ to do
Now that I’m away
I wish I’d stayed
Tomorrow’s a day of mine that you won’t be in

When you looked at me I should’ve run
But I thought it was just for fun
I see I was wrong
And I’m not so strong
I should’ve known all along that time would tell

A week without you
Thought I’d forget
Two weeks without you and I
Still haven’t gotten over you yet

[Chorus]
Vacation
All I ever wanted
Vacation
Had to get away
Vacation
Meant to be spent alone

A week without you
Thought I’d forget
Two weeks without you and I
Still haven’t gotten over you yet

Vacation – The Go Go’s

When you think of a vacation, what comes to mind? Do you think of a beach house, a cabin in the woods, a 5 star hotel on the Rivera? How about flying to Paris to see the Eiffel Tower, maybe see the Tower of London and the castles of Europe? I’m sure you can think of many things you may have done or wish to do, but I have done none of these in my 51 years on this earth.

When I have taken “Vacations” they have always been something that cost very little money. Camping trips, cheap motels or sleeping in my car have been the norm. It’s not to say I didn’t enjoy myself, but I have always wanted to stay in a nice hotel, enjoy fine dining and take in the “Sights” of a nice city. Well, I’m 28 days from doing just that!

62742280This is the Hyatt Place Hotel in Portland Maine. I know, not going very far are you! This is a 3 star hotel right in the “Old Port” district of the city, perfectly placed in the midst of the best Portland has to offer.

I grew up in and around this city, I even worked for it’s Parks Department for 7 years, so I have a history here. In all the times I have worked, played and passed through here, I have never been to the Portland Museum Of Art, the Longfellow House, the Victoria Mansion and many other historic places within it’s limits. It’s time I immersed myself more deeply into the city I called home for so long.

62742289I chose the Hyatt due to it’s location as well as the view from the private balcony overlooking Casco Bay and the islands surrounding Portland Harbor. There’s so much history in New England but the harbor towns are where the United States began it’s long journey towards the true meaning of freedom.

For the adventurous types you can climb the Portland Observatory during the season, visit Portland Headlight in nearby Cape Elizabeth, or maybe ride the Narrow Gauge Railroad. There’s so much history in this city I could spend hours just trying to touch on the highlights.

64315538Portland’s “Old Port” is filled with foodie hot spots, brew pubs and the working waterfront. You can walk out on the docks and watch the fishing boats unload, take the Casco Bay Ferry out to one of the islands, or just walk the storefronts on Exchange or Market streets. It’s going to be exciting having the time to do more than just drive by all these places, I’m really going to enjoy this time in my life starting now!

I just purchased a new lens for my camera. Well that wasn’t cheap! They say you get what you pay for, and I will give it a good workout on this trip and bring you many photos over several posts of Vinny and I on our great adventure!

Here’s some photos I have taken along with some “Creative Commons” photos from the web.

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12 thoughts on “28 Days Until A Real Vacation!!!!!

  1. What a fabulous travelogue of Maine … as you know it captured a piece of my heart and your pictures remind me why. I must be cheeky though …. Portland was in Massachusetts once upon a time, was it not ? I’ll bet you consider it had a lucky escape 😂

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  2. Maine looks lovely and how exciting for you. Bet you can’t wait. And I know how you feel. We’re going to stay in the city for a night this weekend for our wedding anniversary. It’s not what we’d normally do but I’m so looking forward to it.

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