Two Faces of Maine

The wrap up post from our recent excursion to the state where life is “the way it should be” —

One face features the downtown streets of Portland, Maine’s principal city. Here the weathered, charming old blends into the sleek, contemporary new:

And this:

Even the grunge spills over into picturesque in Portland (same street, just a few feet away):

Then there’s the contrast when you go a little south to Cape Elizabeth, more representative of most of the state,Β where bare rock ribs are solid and sharp and at least seemingly eternal:

They may look like an uncomfortable place to bed down, but at least one person has managed to make herself comfortable:

Cape Elizabeth is where two of our oldest and dearest friends live, in a chalet of wood nestled high up in the trees:

He is American, she is Danish (now a US citizen but her Danish blood still runs brightly), which may explain why everything in their home, even the simplest food, is arranged with beauty:

Yes, Maine has two faces — the city, the rocky coast — and both are The Way Life Should Be.

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24 Responses to Two Faces of Maine

  1. cocomino says:

    It sounds a good excursion. There seem to be old and modern buildings.

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  2. I’ve so enjoyed this tour of Portland and its surrounds. Your friends’ wood chalet in the trees seems to especially embody ‘the way life should be’!

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    • Touch2Touch says:

      It does give them a “birds’-eye view” which they especially enjoy as bird-watchers.
      The photos of the rocks were taken at nearby Two Lights Park, but the view from the end of their street is very similar. Just imagine! πŸ™‚

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  3. You’ve captured both faces of Maine beautifully. Thanks for reminder of how wonderful both are!

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  4. Smallpeace says:

    I enjoy a landscape “where bare rock ribs are solid and sharp,” especially if they are softened by wild Queen Anne’s Lace. Pretty photo. I’m so happy you enjoyed your Maine escape.

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  5. Gemma says:

    It looks like a fabulous place. And those tomatoes and olives look inviting as well. πŸ™‚

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  6. Did I mention that I LOVE Portland!!!! Have you eaten at The Stone Dog………..oh my I ate there at least once a day on our last trip. We rented a home on a lake in the woods and I never wanted to leave. How I envy you!

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    • Touch2Touch says:

      Hey, all we had was overnight!
      I envy people who live there —
      With our friends living in Portland/Cape Elizabeth, over the years we’ve seen lots and lots of the sights of the area — but eaten mostly at their house, so don’t know The Stone Dog at all. Pub? Bistro? Lobster shack (doesn’t sound like it)? What lake, in what woods? Dish, please.

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  7. Karen says:

    You did a great job with your two posts on Portland. You picked a great restaurant…one of our favorites. If you go back again, try Hugo’s. It is another great restaurant.

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    • Touch2Touch says:

      The trouble with Portland (some trouble!) is that it’s overflowing with great restaurants.
      It was such a hard choice when we only had one night —
      Hugo was right up there in the mix. Maybe next time, after your strong recommendation, Karen!
      (Lucky you, to have a home up there!)

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  8. What a great post! Love the contrasts!

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    • Touch2Touch says:

      In all your travels, I wonder if Maine’s been included. Hope so — It’s magical.

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      • Oh, yes, indeed. I was just in Maine last May, for my son’s graduation from Bowdoin College in Brunswick. When my mother-in-law lived in Concord, we used to go up to Maine, and I have visited my sister’s in-laws at Cherryfield. I remember the wild beauty of Acadia National Park, and have very fond memories of a certain lobster I made the acquaintance of in Bar Harbor. I have a great appreciation for the State of Maine, which is why I loved your post so much!

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        • Touch2Touch says:

          Lucky you, with so many great family associations. Congratulations on your son’s graduation.
          Acadia is extraordinary, isn’t it?
          And true, one does meet the most agreeable lobsters in Maine! πŸ™‚

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  9. Rebekah says:

    A great tribute to the different faces of Maine. That first picture is so good…

    Maine sure is multi faceted…from the sandy beaches to the more rugged coastline … and I love it all.

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  10. eof737 says:

    I love Portland … and Maine… Gorgeous! πŸ™‚

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  11. Ahhhhh. A nice getaway. Lovely!

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