This city stays in my mind. A memorable day – the city scenes keep coming back for a visit.
The Portland Museum of Art is filled with treasures, as are most such places. Here we enjoyed the work of several of my personal favorites: Winslow Homer, John Singer Sergeant and Mary Cassatt, and, in a phrase you hear from me too often, much more.
Pictures taken from notecards are “Looking Out to Sea” by Winslow Homer
And “Helene is Restless” by Mary Cassatt. This painter’s pictures of women and children always touch my heart.
Learn more at www.portlandmuseum.org
Near the waterfront stood this grey building which caught my eye. It seemed a fitting introduction to the city.
Our lunch spot, Scales, my favorite restaurant in Maine, and where I ate the best oysters ever! It is new, part of the famous Portland food scene many food writers can’t write enough about.
Inside, the lines of the dining room were clean and nautical, befitting a fish restaurant, though I also watched a skilled staffer at work trimming flank steak.
The remains of an interesting beet salad with yogurt and smoked trout roe. I’ve never had anything like it. Everyone in our group thought the flavor combinations interesting and delicious.
Here also the memorable Maine blueberry crisp, with oat crumble, and vanilla frozen custard. Maine blueberries just could not be better than our famous Michigan blueberries, but then again, they were mighty good! Blueberry desserts in Maine this time of year are a sure thing!!
Downtown waiting for the trolley tour.
Bright sunshine and breeziness made the waterfront lovely and picture taking difficult from the trolley. I share a few shots that give an impression of this city.
There was, as always, so much more ( I knew I’d say it again), including an interesting old church and a beautiful waterfront park.