Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Memorial day holiday in Portsmouth

Just back from a very relaxing holiday weekend in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. This historic seaport sits at the mouth of the Piscataqua River that serves as the border with Maine. Its metropolitan area includes communities like Dover, Rye, and Exeter in New Hampshire and Kittery and York in Maine. Incorporated in 1653, it is the third oldest community in the United States, and the Portsmouth attractions include the region’s long, historic heritage as a seaport and shipbuilding center as well as the 18 miles of beaches along the Atlantic Ocean.

I love this town! It reminds me of a British market town, with red brick houses, small one-of-a-kind shops, outside cafes, a nice park along the harbor, and lots of restaurants, many with live music. The weather was perfect; sunny and warm all weekend. The tall ships were in the harbor when we were there so we spent some time wandering around looking at them. We did a lot of walking and browsing in the various shops. We drove out to the Maine coast on the Sunday and the kids paddled in the sea (cold!). And of course, we ate good meals at some local restaurants. All in all, a very nice break.

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