We took a cruise from Boston to Quebec on the Holland America ms Zuiderdam which was planned to stop at Portland, Saint John, Halifax, Sydney, St Pierre& Miquelon, Corner Brook, Baie-Comeau, Saguenay and then Quebec City. However due to Hurricane Dorian we had to bypass the stops at Sydney and St. Pierre & Miquelon as we will discuss in future posts.
Our first port of call during our cruise from Boston to Quebec was Portland, Maine. Portland is a city in the U.S. state of Maine, set on a peninsula extending into Casco Bay. The Old Port waterfront features working fishing wharves and converted warehouses with restaurants and shops. Nearby, the Western Promenade is a public park atop a bluff, offering river and mountain views. Its surrounding district, the West End, is full of Victorian-era homes, including the Victoria Mansion museum.
Portland is an easy city to walk around. From the waterfront we walked through the Old Port area which was interesting with some lovely old buildings and small cobbled streets.
We came across this interesting statue of John Ford as we headed out of the Old Port area up to the West End. John Ford was an American film director. He is renowned both for Westerns such as Stagecoach, The Searchers, and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, as well as adaptations of classic 20th-century American novels such as the film The Grapes of Wrath. His four Academy Awards for Best Director remain a record.
Victoria Mansion, also known as the Morse-Libby House or Morse-Libby Mansion, is a landmark example of American residential architecture
We passed the Portland Museum of Art which is the largest and oldest public art institution in the U.S. state of Maine.
We then headed back downtown where there were some great architecture to be seen.
We passed the City hall building and then past a classically designed fire station.
Walking up the hill to the east we visited the Portland Observatory Museum which gave a wonderful commanding view over the city and waterfront. The Portland Observatory is a historic maritime signal tower at 138 Congress Street in the Munjoy Hill section of Portland, Maine. Built in 1807, it is the only known surviving tower of its type in the United States.
Back on the waterfront we visited the Harbor Fish market which had a large selection of fresh fish and shellfish for sale.
We stopped at the Porthole Restaurant and Pub for lunch which was a great spot right next to the water and offering great seafood and some good local beers.
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