Hannah and Je together

Monday, 4 March 2013

US North East Trip – Vermont

It’s really long time no writing about the travel, and now I am back!

After Maine, we went to Vermont. In Korea and Japan, Vermont is very famous for Curry – everyone knows “Vermont Curry,” and they love it. If you doubt it, just ask anyone from Korea or Japan, they know it for sure.

Vermont is one of the New England state and second populous one in USA. It is also the only New England state not bordering the Atlantic Ocean. And in my personal view, it is very beautiful state.

Pavement in Mt. Mansfield

Pavement in Mt. Mansfield – One lane for both traffics

One place which caught my eyes was Mount Mansfield which is the highest in Vermont and also very beautiful.

Under a huge rock

Under a huge rock

The road in Mt. Mansfield is very nicely paved but you need to be careful when you drive because it is very wound and it becomes one lane for both traffic as you drive up to the mountain.

Mt. Mansfield

Mt. Mansfield

I guess this place is one of the “must go” place if you visit Vermont. I’d love to drive there again.

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Sunday, 28 October 2012

US North East Trip – Maine

Our next destination was Portland, Maine. Maine is the state which is at the north end (and also east end) of America. It borders two Canadian provinces of Quebec and New Brunswick. In many ways, Maine looks like Canada, which means it is so beautiful. Even I saw many of the manhole has marked “CANADA.”

Yummy Oysters

The very first thing we did was to find a restaurant and eat. Hannah liked the restaurant, but I did not. Oysters were good and fresh. She had lobster sandwich, and I had fish and chips.

Hannah’s lobster sandwich

Hers was fine, but mine was kind of horrible. It was supposed to be ‘fish and chips,’ but it was all chips (french fries) with a few fish bites.

This cannot be a fish and chips!

Anyway, I did not like my dish at all. But we went to the Head Light (lighthouse) in Portland which has so beautiful scene. It was amazing and it could be one of the most beautiful places in America (which is common in Canada).

Head Light in Portland, Maine

We saw a sign saying Henry Longfellow came to this lighthouse often to get some inspiration for his poem. I also sat at the same rock to get the same inspiration but in vain. But the beauty of the scene around make me so feel like to write a poem and sing its beauty.

Almost everything in Maine was beautiful, from  the winding roads to the shores and beaches. If I have to choose another place to live in America, I may choose Maine, and Hannah will definitely choose New York City for sure.

One curious thing in Maine I found is that the pavement there was glittering everywhere in Maine. I don’t know why. Can anyone tell me about it?

At the last day we left Maine, we went to Walmart in Auburn, Maine to get some bottled water, and we found a wonderful deal for meal whose name was PICK3. So, we pick three items and they put them in a huge box for just $10. Hannah and I ate that until evening!

Another good thing in Maine was that they have free parking even in downtown. Well, even though Portland is the largest city in Maine, in the aspect of size and population, it is nothing but a suburban city in other states.

One unpleasant thing in Maine was that the drivers are intolerable. I actually don’t understand this. Usually metropolitan drivers like in NYC or Chicago drives crazy, but suburban drivers are usually less crazy. But the Portland drivers are so much crazy even they live in suburban size city. For example, if I don’t start moving in 0.5 second after the green signal came, they honk crazy from the back. This, I’ve never experienced in NYC nor Chicago.

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