Sunday, April 30, 2017

NIGHT-CAPPED






View of Portland's Waterfront Historic District from the bar of...






PORTLAND ART MUSEUM



Picasso
Portrait of Marie-Therese Walter


Paul Delvaux
The Greeting


Joan Miro
Composition





Saturday, April 29, 2017

PORTLAND, MAINE...





...seems to understand the CoW concept.

And also that...






...the flip side of Chronos is Kairos.



EVENTIDE OYSTER BAR







Oysters and Lobster Roll.

Doesn't get better.






Fellow road warrior Howard starts his first Tito's & soda,
Portland Alpine & Hunt Club

Howard, four hours later.



HAYS & MAINE














Friday, April 28, 2017

PORTLAND: LATE NIGHT WALKABOUT





Photo:  Wally Witmer









Dogfish Bar & Grill.








EVENING MASS



Photo:  Wally Witmer


A new friend we met, dinner at the bar of Central Provisions, told us where we could go next to worship.






Photo:  Wally Witmer



A bar called...





...converted from an old (1850s) church.



Needless to say, our prayers were answered...

(Amazing Grace.)






ABSTRACT ART?







No, The Press Hotel in Portland, Maine.

A journalist theme because it is the former headquarters of the Portland Press Herald.

Or, as this gem of a hotel puts it... Beyond Words.





DRONING THE BUSH ESTATE



Photo:  Wally Witmer



So my new friend and fellow road warrior Wally Witmer likes to travel with a drone, which he uses to produce amazing aerial photography.

The photo above is of the Bush family summer compound on Walker's Point in Kennebunkport.

The photo below is of us getting nailed by the cops.

Apparently, Walker's Point is a no fly zone.

(Too late!)



Photo:  Wally Witmer



MOTORING IN MAINE...



Walker's Point, Kennebunkport


...in a substitute CoW.





A Tahoe.

Lots of space, smooth driving, and (of course) leather club seats.



Thursday, April 27, 2017

PORTSMOUTH: LATE NIGHT WALKABOUT


















AN EVENING IN PORTSMOUTH





Dinner at Row 34, maybe the freshest oysters on the half shell I ever ate.  (And the warm buttered lobster roll, no slouch either.)

Then, as recommended by our native-born server...




Earth Eagle, a hole-in-the-alley bar, full of local color and craftsmen beer, including...





Alesmith Speedway Stout, brewed with cocoa nibs and coffee beans, served in a snifter.

Sublime.




KEROUAC'S FINAL RESTING PLACE








A long day's driving from Washington DC with stops at the Padre Pio Foundation in Cromwell, Connecticut, and Mark Twain's House in Hartford, culminates with a visit to Jack Kerouac's gravesite in Lowell, Massachusetts, where he was born in 1922.

Kerouac drank himself to an early death, in 1969.


A first edition I bought in 1989

His 1957 novel On The Road glorified the "Beats" and inspired a generation.  

It continues to inspire.  












Lowell memorialized its local hero with a park at 75 Bridge Street.


Final paragraph from On the Road





A cold, damp and very grey day in Lowell.