Hanging out in Harpswell for a week went by quickly and soon it was time to move up the coast to Castine, formerly the southernmost outpost of French expansion. We found a comfortable old fashioned “cottage” with roots to the 19th century as our home for a few days.

The Manor House

The Manor House

From our top floor window we could see the waters of Penobscot Bay.

Room with a View

Room with a View

We enjoyed breakfast each morning served at “our” table, the one with the checkered tablecloth.

"Our" breakfast table

Our breakfast table, with a great view

If we had had more time we could have hung out in the parlor, reading books in front of a huge open fireplace, or listening to other guests playing on the grand piano.

The parlor

The parlor

But we had other things to do and explore. A short walk down the road took us to Dice Head lighthouse situated by a rocky cliff.

Dice Head Lighthouse

Dice Head Lighthouse

We were intrigued by where a nearby narrow path might lead us, so we took it, despite the warning sign.

An enticing sign

An enticing sign

We descended almost to the water’s dangerous edge, below the lighthouse.

Stairway to water beaten rocks below

Stairway to water beaten rocks below

Autumn colors were already beginning to show as we walked the trail.

The last of summer's blossoms

The last of summer’s blossoms

Eva aims her camera

Eva aims her camera

Downtown Castine is home of the Maine Maritime Academy. Eva thrilled to see so many handsome young cadets in uniform.

Cadets returning to class

Cadets returning to class

Castine and the Maritime Academy"s training ship in harbor.

Castine and the Maritime Academy”s training ship in harbor. Photo from Wikipedia

What could be better than to find a nice place for lunch right on the water where we could watch harbor traffic come and go, and watch the future sailors practice maneuvers in water craft.

Wharfside restaurant

Wharfside restaurant

Eva discovers a German draft beer

Eva discovers a German draft beer

Now we leave Castine for Stonington on Deer Isle and on to Acadia National Park, the second most visited park in the United States.

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