I have always loved writing, and now that I am retired I thought I would be able to find time to write, but it seems that I still manage to fill my days with activities. I have however found that while I travel, I enjoy writing about some of the interesting things we do. I hope you enjoy reading of our adventures as much as I like writing about them.
Friday, November 8, 2013
Back to Bangor
I have visited Bangor probably more
than any other city in the US. I however knew very little about the
city. I recall many many years ago actually walking around the
downtown, but that was probably over 30 years ago. Since then, Bangor
has become a convenient stop on the way to other US destinations. It
is the city where route 9 from New Brunswick joins up with the I-95,
and although we might stop for cheap US gas or a meal, usually we are
usually eager to make some miles and time on the interstate on our
way somewhere else.
Interesting old houses
The other reason to visit Bangor is
cross-border shopping and it has become a yearly ritual to take
Regis' Mother to Bangor so she can do her Christmas shopping. Regis'
parents came here for years for a weeks visit to get maximum customs
allowance, returning with the car crammed with Christmas gifts for
everyone. Since her fathers death Regis and I have been taking her
mom on this annual trip. I do the driving, Regis takes her shopping.
We don't come to visit Bangor however, we come to visit the malls and
This year I went back to actually visit
Bangor. On the first day, we went to Paddy Murphy's Irish Pub for
lunch (Excellent little pub BTW), and while waiting for my meal I
picked up a book decorating the window well by our seat. It was an
old historical book about the Architecture of Bangor. I was amazed at
the buildings in this city. Many of them are still here. I decided to
spend an afternoon to actually see the city while the girls were
Bangor is an interesting city. It is
built where two rivers join, and there are many canals and waterways.
The downtown area has retained many of the old buildings including
the old Market area, and a walk up many of the streets leading away
from the central area reveal some amazing old houses, with
interesting windows and rooflines. There are many interesting little
parks and the city has done an admirable job of building boardwalk
along the waterways. Here are some pictures of the city.
I spent an interesting afternoon,
although I have to admit I did do some shopping in some of the
interesting little shops downtown. Next time you travel to the US,
plan your trip so you can spend a little time in this city.