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A Great Wall

I just thought I’d share a couple of photos of this great picturesque wall of a house I saw, along one of the coastal roads, in Cape Cod ~ of Cedar Shingles and Lobster Floats.

Simply Eye-catching!

Pretty Lobster Floats

 

Meeting venue (without agenda) of Chairpersons

You come in hungry,
you take your seat; you eat.
You finish, stand, sigh happily…
then it catches you eye and
you stop to scrutinize and read.

Sorry, no red-carpet either, but by golly, I’d happily hold a chow-down meeting there again if I’m in the area.

The carpet is definitely not red.

Cape Cod ~ Chatham to Provincetown (Pt 2)

Nauset Lighthouse icon of Cape Cod potato chips.

The Lighthouses of Cape Cod are so famous that they even have their own iconic brand of Potato Chips!
So how can I not visit Lighthouses while there?
They were a must to see.
(BTW, those chips are delicious!  especially with some cold beer ~ this is not an advertisement & I get no commission 😀 )

The Chatham Lighthouse had a tour for school children when we were there so they also had a US Coast Guard vessel on display.

Children touring the US Coast Guard vessel.

The Lighthouse also functions by day, showing its slow constant timed flash.

The Chatham Lighthouse

The Lighthouse Tower.

The Highland Lighthouse, Cape Cod’s 1st lighthouse, was built in 1857. It was actually moved 453ft further inland away from a cliff.
Today, the moved Lightouse still functions, operated by the US Coast Guards, and if interested, you can read more of its history here.

The view from the parking lot.

Its profile taken from the cliff.

For afar I took a shot of the Woodend Light but unfortunately we did not have enough time to seek it out to explore further.

Woodend Light

 

Cape Cod ~ Chatham to Provincetown (Pt 1)

It’s still Spring (June 21 is the 1st day of Summer) and the northern hemisphere is supposed to be slowly warming up but it suddenly got warmer than usual in the short time when we were up in Cape Cod, yes, we were caught in a heatwave, a tropical heatwave… (like the Ella Fitzgerald song goes).

Nevertheless, we explored Provincetown and Chatham.
I found the buildings and little streets simply beautiful and filled with history and took some photos to share.

The Frying Pan Gallery

Door color matching road lines ~ strikingly charming.

Meeting House & Preschool (sideview)

The Front of the Meeting House & Preschool

Little street shops ~ see Ice Cream & Fudge? 😛

Self-explanatory…

The Public Library – set up in 1895.

Old cart-wheel and driftwood furniture ~ probably an artist lives here.

Street serenity – no large buses, no bumper to bumper, no smog.

House with a garden (& path), right along the main road.

Another main road house with arty décor and a beautiful garden.

Restored old Fire Comfort Station, 189 Commercial St., Provincetown.

A side street with beautiful cedar-shingle buildings.

I kept wondering, while walking the streets and absorbing the beauty … when Summer and Fall ends, what does Winter bring?

A Mennonite

This is the 1st time that I have set eyes on a Mennonite.
I walked about 4 feet behind 2 ladies going to the washroom. I studied their head-wear or kapp and realised it’s a very finely handstitched bonnet-of-sort. It is a beautiful art piece (in my humble opinion).
We even said “hello” and exchanged smiles.

The Kapp

I have chosen not to use photos which show facial features but I actually like their dress style very much. Simple and comfortable.

Simple pleats

Airy long sleeves

 

 

 

When in Cape Cod …

When in Cape Cod, one simply must have Cod(fish) and Chips! Right?
I did and oh boy!

(Cod) Fish & Chips!

This is the best Fish & Chips I’ve ever tasted ~ yes, I have tasted quite a few of them. This not an advertisement but I do salute Sir Cricket.

Not a fancy restaurant but has superb food.

Then there’s the Lobster Roll, the New England summertime sandwich. It is after all the the start of the lobster season.

The Lobster Roll is simply wicked!

Next comes the sinful New England Clam Chowder. Oh yes, I did have them at different restaurants ~ why not? My motto: Forget the calories while on vacation. 😀

Loads of Clams in this chowder.

What better way to enjoy life?

 

Visiting Singapore?

I received a post-link from a visitor to Singapore with a very usual itinerary. It is the 1st time I’m reading of such an arrangement. Is it a new form of vacation or am I simply out of touch? Note that Johor Baru is in the state of Johor, Malaysia – a different country – north of Singapore, so this calls for passport entry processing, bag-check, etc. each time you enter/exit.

I can’t comment on why specifically this kind of vacation is sold but I am sharing this just to make readers aware of what’s in store IF you are offered a so-called “better” deal with your nightly stay in a hotel located across the border.

Read on …

One thing Definitely “NOT” to do while Planning for Singapore & Malaysia Vacations !

Leaving on a Jet Plane …

“… I’m leavin’ on a jet plane
I Don’t know when I’ll be back again.” ~ Peter, Paul & Mary 1967

I have come to prefer long, non-stop flights instead of transiting in Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing, Hong Kong … wherever. It takes less (precious) time, cuts all the unnecessary getting off & on, lugging hand-carried items & at times extra screening, etc.

It takes an average of 16 hours on the long cross-Pacific sector but United Airlines has such good videos/movies that I have watched, on average, 6-7 of them each time.  No boredom and usually don’t even get into sleep mode.


Just cross the International Date Line and the Pacific Ocean to get directly to my destination ~ is that cool or what?!

The above pics were taken on a return flight to the US.
Once on US soil, leg stretching can be attained with a fast long walk from gate to gate (international to local terminals). The transit wait followed by a 5-hr flight to Orlando, Florida, is when the eyelids will feel like gym dumbbells! Cross continent flight is nap-time.

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