My DH (darling husband) had long suggested a weekend trip to someplace as a means to celebrate the completion of radiation treatment. When he suggested Montreal, I said "Yes!" of course. It is about a 4 1/2 hour drive from our corner of New Hampshire... and with a couple of stops, I think we made it in 6.
There was still considerable Fall Color, though perhaps past its prime. One good thing about being on a major highway is that the vistas are bigger, grander; more sweeping. I took a LOT of photographs from the car.
You'll probably see some of them in future paintings!
|This isn't the Woodstock from the 1960's... but it sure was picturesque.|
|The Highway narrows to a single lane through Franconia Notch and passes by what used to be the Old Man of the Mountain... a rock formation that looked like a craggy old New Englander. We saw it on an earlier visit (and it is still on every NH highway sign), but the rocks crashed down in 2003.|
|This is just about the best looking trailer park I've ever seen! Perhaps I can channel Grandma Moses for a painting.|
Newport, but after the highway turn off, there was a "T" intersection at Lake Memphremagog. We turned left!
According to Wikipedia, Poulin Grain makes feed for farm animals 24/7. Animals in upstate New York and New England eat slow food and local just like the foodies do.
I might have enjoyed Newport more if I'd have come in the 1940's. Its International Club reputedly had the biggest dance floor in New England and ALL the big bands played there: Louis Armstrong, Charlie Barnet, Les Brown, Cab Calloway, Rosemary Clooney, the Dorsey Brothers, Jimmy and Tommy; Stan Kenton, Kay Kyser, Gene Krupa, Glenn Miller, Tony Pastor, and Louis Prima. Thinking of my Dad and Uncle and how much they loved that music makes me miss them, too.
The State Office Building (with the granite Salmon in Front) was part of a redevelopment project. The Newport Renaissance group has more plans, grant writers and pretty good momentum. There's interesting information about what Newport may become (again )here.
|Photo featuring the good sport, DH.|
|Photo featuring the Big Salmon. (There is also a fish on the weather vane).|
Andrea Wasserman, Elizabeth Billings, Jeffrey Sass, Eric Oberg, Carl Bielenberg, and Glen Gardner are given credit for the scupture
There were informational signs around town explaining how it used to be, and how they hope it will be again. I hope it is a big success.
As one might expect, there's a BIG Catholic Church on the top of a hill. Probably has the best view in town! While wending our way there, we saw several interesting Victorian (?) houses, many advertising Bed and Breakfast
We could see that the sun was going to set, so we returned to the road and headed to "The City of Saints,""La ville au cent clochers" ("The City of a Hundred Steeples"),"Sin City" or MONTREAL, depending on who you ask, and when.