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Corey Sandler has been a storyteller all of this life. He worked as a newsman for Gannett Newspapers and later as a correspondent for The Associated Press before entering the worlds of magazine and book publishing. He has written more than 200 books on history, travel, sports, technology, and business. He currently is a destination and special interest lecturer for Silversea Cruises, one of the world's best luxury cruise lines. If you'd like to contact him, please send an e-mail to this address: corey[AT]sandlerbooks.com (Replace the [AT] with the @ symbol, please.)

5 November 2018:
New York, NY, US:
Last Call

By Corey Sandler, Destination Consultant Silversea Cruises

Early this morning we sailed into the harbor of New York,  completing (for me) a journey that began two months ago in London.

In early September, Silver Spirit cruised down the River Thames, across the North Atlantic to Newfoundland and then made four loops of New England and the maritime provinces of Canada and into the Saint Lawrence to resplendent Quebec City and Montreal.

It’s time to head home for a month or so. I’ll be back in December on Silver Whisper as she heads from Fort Lauderdale through the Gulf of Mexico and into the Panama Canal to emerge in the Pacific Ocean and up the coast to San Francisco.

I hope to see you aboard ship, or if not, here in these pages.

To guests we have sailed with on the past five cruises: safe travels.

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Now available, the revised Second Edition of “Henry Hudson Dreams and Obsession” by Corey Sandler, for the Amazon Kindle. You can read the book on a Kindle device, or in a Kindle App on your computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone.

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4 November 2018:
Newport, Rhode Island, US:
Winter Coming

By Corey Sandler, Destination Consultant Silversea Cruises

We sailed out of Boston last night and into the teeth of a storm headed up the coast. To get from Boston to Newport, our course was essentially this:

  • west to exit Boston Harbor and its many islands and to get far enough out to sea to be clear of Provincetown on the hook of Cape Cod, then
  • south, past Provincetown and thirty more miles to the east coast of the island of Nantucket and an additional 30 miles below Nantucket to stay clear of the shoals and rocks, then
  • west in the main transatlantic channel about 60 miles until we were in line with the entrance to Narragansett Bay, and then finally
  • north, back up to Aquidneck Island, the home of Newport, Rhode Island.

If that sounds like a complicated route that includes all four cardinal points of the compass, that’s because it is. The waters around Cape Cod and Nantucket are very hazardous to uninformed mariners.

In any case, we arrived at midday in Newport, to a beautiful fall day. This is the last day of this cruise, which began in Montreal, and a fitting end.

Here are some scenes from Newport. You can read more about this special place by entering Newport in the search bar of this blog.

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Now available, the revised Second Edition of “Henry Hudson Dreams and Obsession” by Corey Sandler, for the Amazon Kindle. You can read the book on a Kindle device, or in a Kindle App on your computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone.

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3 November 2018:
Boston, Massachusetts, US:
Grab Your Hat

By Corey Sandler, Destination Consultant Silversea Cruises

We are back in the Hub of the Universe, or as people who are not from around here might call it, Boston.

The weather in New England this time of the year is very much binary. It can be glorious or it can be the opposite.

So this morning began with some fairly heavy rain, and the forecast for this afternoon calls for some pretty strong winds.

Nevertheless, Boston remains one of the handsomest cities of the United States. Today it requires the assistance of an umbrella and a hat and a good pair of shoes.

Speaking of hats, there are more than a few Red Sox caps in town including the latest version, proclaiming World Series champions 2018.

We are due to sail out of Boston at the end of the day and head east, then south, then west, then north to arrive at Newport, Rhode Island on Sunday.

The reason for the circuitous route is the presence of the hook of Cape Cod at Provincetown which extends all the way east, and then the necessity to go down below the island of Nantucket before heading west and north back up to Rhode Island.

The waters around here are rather treacherous and the hook of Cape Cod is littered with wrecks of old fishing and trading vessels. And the seas between Nantucket and Cape Cod are filled with shoals and other obstructions.

To make a long course short, we have to go out to sea and down and around

Here are some photos from Boston I have taken on various visits:

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Now available, the revised Second Edition of “Henry Hudson Dreams and Obsession” by Corey Sandler, for the Amazon Kindle. You can read the book on a Kindle device, or in a Kindle App on your computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone.

If you would like to purchase an autographed copy, please see the tab on this page, “HOW TO ORDER A PHOTO OR AUTOGRAPHED BOOK”

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2 November 2018:
Bar Harbor, Maine, US:
Last Call

By Corey Sandler, Destination Consultant Silversea Cruises

It’s last call in Bar Harbor, a beautiful place for most of the year. It is in a way especially beautiful in the time of year some locals call “almost winter.

The skies were gray and filled with fog and when we went to the top of Cadillac Mountain, the tallest peak along the coastline of the Eastern United States, we were nearly blown over by the wind.

But the colors in the trees against the flat gray light were ethereal.

Here is some of what I saw today:

You can read more about Bar Harbor in my earlier postings from this year and before.

Here are some photos from sunnier days:

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Now available, the revised Second Edition of “Henry Hudson Dreams and Obsession” by Corey Sandler, for the Amazon Kindle. You can read the book on a Kindle device, or in a Kindle App on your computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone.

If you would like to purchase an autographed copy, please see the tab on this page, “HOW TO ORDER A PHOTO OR AUTOGRAPHED BOOK”

Here’s where to order an electronic copy for immediate delivery:

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Henry Hudson Dreams and Obsession: The Tragic Legacy of the New World’s Least Understood Explorer (Kindle Edition)

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1 November 2018:
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada:
Banking on Beauty

By Corey Sandler, Destination Consultant Silversea Cruises

I’ve been in Halifax dozens of times, and greatly enjoy the mix of architecture: old wooden wharves and ship’s chandlers along the water, solid stone offices and banks in the commercial center, and modern glass cubes that mirror the view all around.

Today I set out on a photo expedition that led me into a 1930s wonder, hidden in plain sight.

The Bank of Nova Scotia, on Hollis Street, is easy to pass if you are distracted by the impressive Province House and the Citadel above.

But today, as I turned the corner, I stopped to admire its design: many old banks were designed with a salute to the local economy and to project the solidity of the financial institution within. That is very much the case here.

Built in 1930, it is very much a classical design inside and out, with some subtle–financially conservative–flourishes of Art Nouveau.

The building is surrounded by a cornice with medallions of old French, English, Canadian, and Nova Scotian coins. Other decorations include seagulls, Canadian geese, bear, silver fox, codfish, and beaver.

When I finished taking photos outside, I opened the massive doors to the bank, fully expecting to be body-slammed by a security guard; instead I was welcomed within.

The main banking hall has a 33-foot (10-meter) ceiling, with some handsome metallic lighting pendants.

And then I turned around to look above the main doors of the bank and saw a handsome mosaic that depicta the arrival of the Cunard steamship Brittania on her maiden voyage. Samuel Cunard, founder of the shipping company that still bears his name, was born in Halifax. His parents were Loyalists who fled north after the upstart Americans declared rebellion.

The Brittania was launched in 1840, one of four ocean liners in the first years of the company: Brittania, Acadia, Caledonia, and Columbia.

Charles Dickens crossed the pond on Brittania to Boston in 1842, and did not much enjoy the voyage. He wrote about it in his book, “American Notes.”

Elsewhere in town I stopped to photograph the old schooner Silva, and a collection of wooden pulleys and equipment nearby.

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Now available, the revised Second Edition of “Henry Hudson Dreams and Obsession” by Corey Sandler, for the Amazon Kindle. You can read the book on a Kindle device, or in a Kindle App on your computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone.

If you would like to purchase an autographed copy, please see the tab on this page, “HOW TO ORDER A PHOTO OR AUTOGRAPHED BOOK”

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Henry Hudson Dreams and Obsession: The Tragic Legacy of the New World’s Least Understood Explorer (Kindle Edition)

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30-31 October 2018:
Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada:
Northeastern Pumpkin Time

By Corey Sandler, Destination Consultant Silversea Cruises

It has been a stormy few days in Canada, and our plans to visit Saguenay Fjord were blocked by bad weather in the watery canyon,

and then our planned call at Baie-Comeau on the Saint Lawrence River were actually blown away by high winds that damaged the dock.

Instead, we had an extra day in Quebec City, and after an unplanned day at sea an extra afternoon in Sydney, on the island of Cape Breton in Nova Scotia.

The fall colors were somewhat dimmed by the storms, but I still found much to point my camera at:

The Pier at Sydney, Nova Scotia, in the land of the Ceildh or Celtic Barn Dance.

A glorious tree…

and the same scene with a bit of photo magic: a virtual oil painting.

I went with guests to the Eskasoni reserve, home to several thousand Miq’Maq indigenous people. They work hard to keep alive their language (part of the Algonquian group) and their culture.

Roasting bannock (a native bread) on an open fire.

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Now available, the revised Second Edition of “Henry Hudson Dreams and Obsession” by Corey Sandler, for the Amazon Kindle. You can read the book on a Kindle device, or in a Kindle App on your computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone.

If you would like to purchase an autographed copy, please see the tab on this page, “HOW TO ORDER A PHOTO OR AUTOGRAPHED BOOK”

Here’s where to order an electronic copy for immediate delivery:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IA9QTBM

Henry Hudson Dreams and Obsession: The Tragic Legacy of the New World’s Least Understood Explorer (Kindle Edition)

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27-28 October 2018:
Quebec City, Quebec, Canada:
Discovered

By Corey Sandler, Destination Consultant Silversea Cruises

It is cold and windy here in Quebec City, which should not be a surprise as November approaches. I went for a long walk in the city, up and down the Terasse Dufferin along the river, and into the neighboring suburb of Faubourg. Here is some of what I saw:

The high winds have caused a change in our itinerary. We are forced to skip our journey into Saguenay Fjord tomorrow and will instead overnight here.

In my destination lectures for guests aboard ship, I I usually introduce Quebec City like this:

There are two types of people in the world. Those who love Quebec, and those who have not yet been there.

We have been lucky enough to have been here many times and love it still. Just last week we had the opportunity to remain at our dock until late in the night and watch the sun set and the lights go on at the spectacular Chateau Frontenac in the upper town of Quebec City.

The Chateau was built as a grand hotel hotel by a railroad company in the 19th century and has been lovingly maintained and restored. It is in many ways the symbol of Quebec.

On a cold night on the Saint Lawrence here is some of what I saw:

A few days ago I journeyed with guests to Mount Sainte-Anne for a hike in a beautiful hidden canyon. It was the last day of operation for the season: winter is coming.

From there we crossed the Saint Lawrence to Ile D’Orleans to visit a winery that specializes in vines that can withstand the extreme cold. In addition to traditional wines they also harvest ice wine, which can only be crushed at below freezing temperatures.

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Now available, the revised Second Edition of “Henry Hudson Dreams and Obsession” by Corey Sandler, for the Amazon Kindle. You can read the book on a Kindle device, or in a Kindle App on your computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone.

If you would like to purchase an autographed copy, please see the tab on this page, “HOW TO ORDER A PHOTO OR AUTOGRAPHED BOOK”

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Henry Hudson Dreams and Obsession: The Tragic Legacy of the New World’s Least Understood Explorer (Kindle Edition)

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26 October 2018:
Montreal, Quebec, Canada:
Turnaround

By Corey Sandler, Destination Consultant Silversea Cruises

We’re back in the great cosmopolitan city of Montreal, a city that on its face is very French.

But it is truly Quebec’s melting pot.

In the most recent census, Francophones were estimated as 49.8 percent of the population, followed by English at 22.8 percent. And the rest? Just about every language, ethnic group, race, and heritage cheek-to-jowl.

The diversity brings a wonderful vibrance to the culture: music, theater, and food.

Here in the province of Quebec, we have learned the local definition of autumn: it means winter is coming soon. Temperatures are already below freezing by night and just barely above by day. But few places are as vibrant this time of the year.

For those guests leaving us here, safe travels. And welcome aboard to new friends.

We are set to make one more journey eastbound on the Saint Lawrence River and then down the northeast coast of Canada and the United States and once more into New York harbor.

Here’s our plan:

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Now available, the revised Second Edition of “Henry Hudson Dreams and Obsession” by Corey Sandler, for the Amazon Kindle. You can read the book on a Kindle device, or in a Kindle App on your computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone.

If you would like to purchase an autographed copy, please see the tab on this page, “HOW TO ORDER A PHOTO OR AUTOGRAPHED BOOK”

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Henry Hudson Dreams and Obsession: The Tragic Legacy of the New World’s Least Understood Explorer (Kindle Edition)

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25 October 2018:
Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada:
Midway

By Corey Sandler, Destination Consultant Silversea Cruises

We are back in Trois-Rivières, Quebec, a less-visited town midway between Quebec City and Montreal. You can read more about this place in my blog posting of October 5.

In the three weeks since our last visit the temperature has fallen sharply: about 32 Fahrenheit or 0 Celsius this morning.

In town city workers are installing 4-foot-high poles along the side of streets: when snow begins to fall soon, this week help the snowplow find the curb.

When the poles are completely buried, it is time to hibernate.

I took this photo out in the country, the last glow of fall colors for this season:

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Now available, the revised Second Edition of “Henry Hudson Dreams and Obsession” by Corey Sandler, for the Amazon Kindle. You can read the book on a Kindle device, or in a Kindle App on your computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone.

If you would like to purchase an autographed copy, please see the tab on this page, “HOW TO ORDER A PHOTO OR AUTOGRAPHED BOOK”

Here’s where to order an electronic copy for immediate delivery:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IA9QTBM

Henry Hudson Dreams and Obsession: The Tragic Legacy of the New World’s Least Understood Explorer (Kindle Edition)

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24 October 2018:
Québec City, Quebec, Canada:
Below the Chateau

By Corey Sandler, Destination Consultant Silversea Cruises

In Atlantic Canada and much of the Northeast, it sometimes feels as if winter arrives with the turn of a switch.

We arrived this morning in Quebec City to find temperatures at the freezing mark with a forecast of snow this afternoon. For some of us this is merely ordinary, but for those who live in warmer climes it can be a bit of a shock.

I went out for a walk in the morning to capture the scenes of the season, including some of the remaining colors in the trees as well as decorations for Halloween. Strolling around the Old Town at nearly every intersection we could see of you of the famed Chateau Frontenac.

Here is some of what I saw:

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Now available, the revised Second Edition of “Henry Hudson Dreams and Obsession” by Corey Sandler, for the Amazon Kindle. You can read the book on a Kindle device, or in a Kindle App on your computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone.

If you would like to purchase an autographed copy, please see the tab on this page, “HOW TO ORDER A PHOTO OR AUTOGRAPHED BOOK”

Here’s where to order an electronic copy for immediate delivery:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IA9QTBM

Henry Hudson Dreams and Obsession: The Tragic Legacy of the New World’s Least Understood Explorer (Kindle Edition)

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23 October 2018:
Saguenay, Quebec, Canada:
Autumn in the Fjord

By Corey Sandler, Destination Consultant Silversea Cruises

We have returned to Saguenay, a pretty little town at the navigable end of a spectacular large fjord.

About 7:30 this morning we turned to starboard and entered into Saguenay Fjord.

As is often the case we were saluted by the spouts of many whales who feed and breed at the confluence of the St. Lawrence River and the Saguenay.

About 10 in the morning we passed abeam of Notre-Dame-du-Saguenay, the famed 19th century statue of the Virgin Mary that is atop one of the ridges of the Fjord. I have discussed Notre Dame in previous blog entries about Saguenay.

Here in the town, we were greeted with a superb autumn day. A strong sun more than made up for the chill in the air.

On the pier we were met by local performers, some of whom participate in a summertime theatrical presentation about the region.

We also went for a walk to Saint Alphonse Church, a place beautifully framed by the autumn leaves and decorated within both with the icons of the Catholic Church as well as the symbols of Halloween.

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Now available, the revised Second Edition of “Henry Hudson Dreams and Obsession” by Corey Sandler, for the Amazon Kindle. You can read the book on a Kindle device, or in a Kindle App on your computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone.

If you would like to purchase an autographed copy, please see the tab on this page, “HOW TO ORDER A PHOTO OR AUTOGRAPHED BOOK”

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http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IA9QTBM

Henry Hudson Dreams and Obsession: The Tragic Legacy of the New World’s Least Understood Explorer (Kindle Edition)

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21 October 2018:
Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada:
Peeking at Colors

By Corey Sandler, Destination Consultant Silversea Cruises

The colors of autumn are spectacular, but fragile. They appear when the temperature and water levels are just so, and can begin to fade or blow away with the arrival of storms.

We are once again in Sydney, Nova Scotia on Cape Breton and this sleepy town is beginning to lose its brightest colors.

But a glistening sheen from light rain and a few tricks of the photographer (me) cast a different light on them.

Here is some of what I saw today:

I found a spectacular red tree:

And the same tree treated as if it were an oil painting:

And a scene in Wentworth park, solarized for art’s sake:

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Now available, the revised Second Edition of “Henry Hudson Dreams and Obsession” by Corey Sandler, for the Amazon Kindle. You can read the book on a Kindle device, or in a Kindle App on your computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone.

If you would like to purchase an autographed copy, please see the tab on this page, “HOW TO ORDER A PHOTO OR AUTOGRAPHED BOOK”

Here’s where to order an electronic copy for immediate delivery:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IA9QTBM

Henry Hudson Dreams and Obsession: The Tragic Legacy of the New World’s Least Understood Explorer (Kindle Edition)

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO PURCHASE AN AUTOGRAPHED COPY OF ONE OF MY BOOKS, PLEASE CONTACT ME.

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20 October 2018:
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada:
Shades of Gray

By Corey Sandler, Destination Consultant Silversea Cruises

We are back in Halifax, a handsome port that glows in the sun. Today we are in the cold rain of autumn. Just like its history: today Halifax is written in shades of gray.

In September 1943, during the dark days of World War II, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill came across the Atlantic for a conference of the Allies in Quebec.

He then made a visit to Hyde Park, New York to see American President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

From there he came to Halifax.

Halifax was the most important gathering place on this side of the pond for the Atlantic convoys bringing food, supplies, and men to Britain and later to Russia.

Meeting the town mayor Churchill was said to have declared, “now, sir, we know your town is more than a shed on the pier.”

Despite the security risks, he insisted on taking his morning constitutional, something that is commemorated by an evocative statue in the Spring Garden area near Dalhousie University.

From Halifax, he was met by the cruiser Renown, which brought him home. News of Churchill’s visit was kept secret for a week until he was safely back in London.

THE OTHER SIDE, ANOTHER TIME

The island of Nova Scotia’s tangled history includes Le Grand Derangement, the Great Disruption.

That occurred when the British expelled thousands of French Catholics from the region known as Acadia. It was a sad story, with little in the way of defense for the events.

On a recent visit to Halifax we drove west to the shores of the Bay of Fundy, and there we found one of the Canadian government’s remembrances of the events at a place called Grand Pre.

Today it is a peaceful and lovely spot:

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Now available, the revised Second Edition of “Henry Hudson Dreams and Obsession” by Corey Sandler, for the Amazon Kindle. You can read the book on a Kindle device, or in a Kindle App on your computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone.

If you would like to purchase an autographed copy, please see the tab on this page, “HOW TO ORDER A PHOTO OR AUTOGRAPHED BOOK”

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Henry Hudson Dreams and Obsession: The Tragic Legacy of the New World’s Least Understood Explorer (Kindle Edition)

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19 October 2018:
Bar Harbor, Maine, US:
Back to the Bar

By Corey Sandler, Destination Consultant Silversea Cruises

We are once again in Bar Harbor, Maine and the autumn colors are in full Glory.

Most of the tourists who filled the streets of the small town in summer are gone to warmer places. But three cruise ships–among the last for the year–lie at anchor offshore.

We went for a hike on the Shore Path which leads from town through the backyards of some of the grand cottages of the Gilded Age.

Here is some of what we saw:

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Now available, the revised Second Edition of “Henry Hudson Dreams and Obsession” by Corey Sandler, for the Amazon Kindle. You can read the book on a Kindle device, or in a Kindle App on your computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone.

If you would like to purchase an autographed copy, please see the tab on this page, “HOW TO ORDER A PHOTO OR AUTOGRAPHED BOOK”

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18 October 2018:
Portland, Maine, US:
Phoenix in Maine

By Corey Sandler, Destination Consultant Silversea Cruises

Portland’s city motto is Resurgam, which refers to its rise from the ashes of four major fires over the centuries.

Today it is a solid, mostly working-class city set on the shores of a magnificent body of water: Casco Bay.

I went with guests on a walking tour of the port and city.  A bright sun tempered–slightly–an air temperature of 44.

Here is some of what we saw:

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A PORTLAND ALBUM

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Along the waterfront in Portland. Photos by Corey Sandler

The water, the rugged rocks that line its shores, and the nearby mountains have drawn great artists (Winslow Homer and Andrew Wyeth among them) and inspired the great poet Longfellow, who was born here.

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Portland Head Light, and the rocks of which it warns. Photos by Corey Sandler

Somehow, Portland also gave rise to the horrific Stephen King, who was born here.

Portland is not as often visited as Bar Harbor to the north or Kennebunkport to the south. But it is in resurgence.

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Inside the Portland Museum of Art, and Weatherbeaten by Winslow Homer. Photos by Corey Sandler

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17 October 2018:
Newport, Rhode Island, US:
Modest Abodes

By Corey Sandler, Destination Consultant Silversea Cruises

We have been coming in and out Newport all season, and for many years in the past, and always concentrating on the magnificent “cottages” built by the very wealthy industrialists and financiers of America’s Gilded Age that followed the American Civil War and continued into the early decades of the 20th century.

On this visit, a glorious fall day, we returned to one of the most elegant and meaningful houses in Newtown. Not a cottage, but a house of worship: the Touro Synagogue, the oldest Jewish temple in North America, built in 1763.

It is an extraordinary place, emblematic of the origins of Newport as a place of tolerance for most people, including Jews, Quakers, and other religious denominations who were not always welcome elsewhere in the colonies.

At Touro Synagogue is displayed a copy of George Washington’s famous letter to the congregation, one of the most magnificent pieces of writing and expressions of tolerance by an American president.

He wrote:

“May the children of the Stock of Abraham, who dwell in this land, continue to merit and enjoy the good will of the other Inhabitants; while every one shall sit in safety under his own vine and fig-tree, and there shall be none to make him afraid.”

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16 October 2018:
New York, NY, US:
Riverboating

By Corey Sandler, Destination Consultant Silversea Cruises

In the predawn darkness we made our approach along the south coast of Long Island and then Brooklyn before turning into the outer reaches of New York Harbor.

(Technically, we entered into the North River. That is the old name applied by the Dutch, to distinguish it from the South River which we now know as the Delaware River. It becomes the Hudson River at the Verrazzano Bridge. Same river, two names.)

We have come to the end of this cruise, and I wish departing guests safe travels. This afternoon we will head back down the Hudson River to the North River and then hang a left in the Atlantic Ocean and work our way back up to Montreal one more time.

Here is our plan:

On this trip we will skip Boston in favor of a call at historic Portland, Maine.

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15 October 2018:
Newport, Rhode Island, US:
Cottage Industry

By Corey Sandler, Destination Consultant Silversea Cruises

We are once again in the beautiful town of Newport on Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island.

We have not been enjoying the best weather for much of the last few weeks with the exception of a superb day yesterday in Boston.

Today, Newport was cold and windswept but still beautiful. The mansions, which were called with a wink and a nudge “cottages” are preparing to close for the winter but the major cottages are still open.

We went for a walk in the rain to The Elms, and here are some of the pictures I took. Inside.

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A NEWPORT ALBUM

On a previous, sunny day:

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14 October 2018:
Boston, Massachusetts, US:
The Hub of the Universe, in Autumn Colors

By Corey Sandler, Destination Consultant Silversea Cruises

It was a glorious day here in the Hub of the Universe today with bright sun but just enough nip in the air to remind us that summer is gone and winter lures around the corner.

There’s a fine song by Cheryl Wheeler called “Fall Comes to New England” that includes the lovely line, “And trees are Irish Setter Red.”

The colors are pretty chose to peak now.

We went to Boston Market (the real one, not the faux chicken franchise) near the North End for a cuppa chowder. We also some silks of the colors of autumn vegetables: Brussel sprouts, peppers, and apples.

The Red Sox are playing in the baseball League Championship tonight, with Boston’s typical combination of celebration and dread. Go Sox!

Geeks and progressives are gathered in town for HubFest, a celebration of all things new and unusual. And Silver Spirit is docked at Black Falcon terminal for the day.

Fall in New England is a very special time, the trees glowing on reds, yellows, and oranges. Pumpkins and gourds stretch from here to Salem.

Winter? We’ll deal with that later.

The old city of Boston is going through boom times, with massive development of the Seaport district near where our ship is docked including fancy high-rise condos and entertainment.

The redevelopment is simultaneously revitalizing the waterside and erasing the old history of the port. The good news, either way, is that Boston’s downtown and its neighborhoods including the Back Bay, the Fenway, and the Commons have held on to much of their charm and stature.

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13 October 2018:
Bar Harbor, Maine, US:
Approaching the Bar

By Corey Sandler, Destination Consultant Silversea Cruises

Back in Bar Harbor for another peek, a handsome small place that is about to see the end of the sometimes overwhelming tourist season.

That doesn’t include us, of course.

It was wet and cold today, but we worked up some heat on a hike in beautiful Acadia National Park.

The light rain made the fall foliage glow. And coming after an extended dry period, parts of the forest were teeming with mushrooms.

One of the prettiest: Amantia Muscaria, an orange-yellow puff the size of a golf ball. It seemed ready to eat, sprinkled with white crystals that could be salt or sugar.

We did not conduct a taste test, though.

The mushroom, also known as Fly Agaric, is poisonous. Indigenous peoples and foragers claim that handled properly, it is instead a magic mushroom: a powerful intoxicant and hallucinogenic.

I took its portrait and moved along.

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