Cold, Cold Saint John Doors

When most folks in my corner of the world consider a winter get away they usually picture someplace warm, perhaps a tropical drink in hand and toes in the sand. Or … hardier travellers might head for the ski hills. I tend toward city visits.

But in this particular trip, I’d have to say, I didn’t time it very well.

I haven’t been to Saint John, New Brunswick for years, so I was looking forward to a little exploring.

A VERY little exploring, it turned out.

The combination of bitter cold temperatures and brisk windchills (ie -30C) with ice covered sidewalks conspired against me.

I managed a quick jaunt along Germaine Street and wasn’t disappointed with the architecture.

Luckily, the city makes a visit a little easier in winter with pedways and tunnels connecting some of the must see spots…

… Such as the very charming City Market.

That said, I feel a return visit during one of the warmer months is warranted – for sure.

For now, I’m in full agreement with Norm Frampton – enough with winter!

Doors of Woodstock, Vermont

This was a happy discovery. A brief walk to stretch our legs during a recent brief (and speedy!) road trip through Vermont, introduced us to the very charming town of Woodstock. 

Here are just a few of the pretty doorways we wandered past. 






Seeing double!


There was a book sale at the public library. I didn’t get to, but I was dying to look inside this building. I have a soft spot for libraries. 


But after reading the sandwhich board, we could not resist checking this shop out. (Marketing works ๐Ÿ˜‰).


And I must admit, it was (or is) quite possibly the coolest.  It certainly offers a very wide variety of quality products – everything outdoor gear and clothing to local cheese to children’s books to groceries to trendy pet accessories to beer and wine to salt & pepper shakers.  A very modern general store. 


This stone building had an open door policy. 

It was a quick stop and a fleeting visit, but I reckon we’ll be back.

Linked to Norm’s Thursday Doors.

Road Trip Fun


Let’s take a road trip – just for the FUN of it!! Boston to Burlington. 

One the highlights of summer has to be the “road trip”. When I was a kid, all our vacations were road trips – usually while hauling a camper trailer. 

This week, I’m off with hubby on one of his business trips. And we decided, much to my delight, to make it into a little road adventure, by adding a road component to the commute. This road trip begins with plane ride (… Well, actually we did drive from home to the airport, so …).


Landing in Boston.


Picking up rental car. This was our second choice – the car assigned to us was sopping wet inside. Ewww!  Someone must have left the window down during  the car wash, or something. It was squishy!


Through the tunnel, and …

… Over the bridge.


Enduring an 8-lane highway into New Hampshire. Note the white knuckles!


This was a little easier. North through New Hampshire via I89 to Lebanon.  


We stopped at an information centre in White River Jct to pick up a road map. Road maps are old school, I know.  But I like them! Here, we saw a railway museum display. 


We carried on along the #4 Highway, west to the very pretty town of Woodstock. We stretched our legs and had a little look around.  This place might require another visit!


And found one of New England’s famous covered bridges in Woodstock. 


The #4 Highway took us to Killington (major ski resort) at the southern tip of the Green Mountain National Forest and then to Rutland, where we turned north along the #7 Highway . We had intended to drive through the Green Mountains, but somehow we missed that turn off. My driver does not like to retrace steps. 


That’s okay. The mountain views were pretty.


There were loads and loads (and loads!) of antique shops along the route.


It’s farm country.

Including many solar farms – large and small.  You can’t see it in this photo, but there were hundreds of solar panels at the solar farm. The photo was snapped while we whizzed by.  My driver doesn’t care to stop, either, apparently. 


But the sky brightened from time to time and I convinced said driver to take a wee break from the highway and skirt the shores of Lake Champlain.


We were rewarded with our own little covered bridge which we got to drive through.

All that “no stopping” and “no retracing” paid off. We arrived in Burlington in plenty of time to have walk (that was a long drive!!), and sit on a patio for dinner as the setting sun warmed the bricks of this lovely building across the street.

I see a glass of wine in our future … Or maybe a local cider. Yup!  Cider it is!

Cheers!

A Door in Burlington


This pretty door belongs to the Follett House (c1840) in Burlington, Vermont. The property was built for a shipping tycoon, Timothy Follett.  


It’s one of many pretty doors in a very pretty town with stunning views.


Standing on the doorstep, looking down College Street, toward the waterfront, Lake Champlain, and the Adirondack Mountains.  

Not a bad place to spend a couple of days!!

Linked to Norm’s Thursday Doors