Monthly Archives: September 2017

Have a Seat

We loved these Adirondack chairs poised overlooking Boston Harbor with a sailboat just off the island and the skyline in the background.

Today, we explored Spectacle Island. Both the island and the weather were quite different. I hope to show those images next week. Cheers!

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Inside Fort Warren

Yesterday, I wrote about taking the ferry out to George’s Island and visiting Fort Warren. We were able to enter certain parts of the fort that were deemed safe. These included rooms where cannons had been kept, the bakery, and the quarters for prisoners who were Confederate officers or political in nature. During the Civil War, the fort served as a prison for people who tried to evade the draft in the north and for Confederate soldiers from the south. For a period of time, the Vice President of the Confederacy, Alexander Stephens, was held here. This is a collection of rooms. I chose them more for their aesthetic rather than historic value. There are two images of the powder magazine because I could not decide if I liked color or BW better.

George’s Island

Our harbor cruise brought us to George’s Island. It and the rest of the harbor islands are managed by both the state Department of Conservation and Recreation and the National Park Service. The jewel of the island (next to the views) is Fort Warren. It was built in 1850 and defended the harbor through four wars (Civil War, Spanish-American War, WWI and WWII). Part of it have been well maintained and can be viewed while others are off-limits due to safety concerns.

Salem Diner


We spend a bit of time in Salem Massachusetts and a few weeks ago went a different route which brought us by the Salem Diner. Neither of us had ever seen it before. We made a point of going back for breakfast a few days later. It is a Sterling Streamliner diner manufactured in 1942. The diner is situated across from Salem State College and is now owned and operated by Salem State’s food services company. But the food and service is still diner at heart. If you go, try the corned beef hash.

Beyond Walls – Lynn, MA : Part 2

Here are the remaining murals that we viewed in Lynn, MA last weekend. Please see the previous blog post for more information on this project.

Beyond Walls – Lynn, MA

This July, muralists from Greater Boston and places around the world congregated in Lynn, on Massachusetts’ North Shore, to bring the industrial town’s brick walls to life. In just 10 days, 15 new murals popped up downtown — all within walking distance — during the Beyond Walls Mural Festival. (http://www.wbur.org/artery/2017/07/31/lynn-murals)