It’s raining. It’s pouring. An old man is snoring, somewhere on this ship. Bar Harbor is in contention with San Francisco regarding bragging rights for having the coldest summer weather in the US. It was in the 60s, and with the rain, almost everyone was wearing coats or jackets…and carrying umbrellas. Chilly. We are heading north toward (the misnamed) Greenland and then (the appropriately named) Iceland. Mike is glad he bought a jacket (he left his in France last year) in San Francisco, just for this trip.
We anchored in the harbor, as there is no cruise ship dock. But we were surprised that a private boat was there to take us ashore. It was a commercial vessel – Lobster, Fishing, and Seal Watching. On board, they had a tank of live lobsters that they were happy to pass around to passengers willing to hold them – with claws taped shut, of course! On land, there wasn’t really an opportunity to walk very far, due to the rain. So we got photos of a variety of shops – with cute names – and a few fountains and parks. We have been here when it was sunny, and the town just has charm on steroids – the ultimate shopping village.
Bar Harbor sits at the beginning of the Bay of Fundy, which separates it from Nova Scotia, our next stop. Formerly named Eden, Bar Harbor has a reputation as being for the wealthy elite. It was renamed in 1918 after the sand and gravel bar, visible at low tide, that forms the rear of the harbor. The town was used for naval practice during WWII, and is the birthplace of VP Nelson Rockefeller. It was not as charming as we remembered, but that was due to the rainfall. Better luck next time, we hope!
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