I have been so wiped out lately that when John suggested a weekend getaway the weekend of my birthday, he didn’t have to twist my arm very hard! When we took our driving trip up in New England last year, we both really enjoyed Portsmouth, New Hampshire – so that was where we decided to come back to. I worked right up until the time we left and actually everything was pretty well caught up for the first time in a couple of months (although that didn’t stop them from called me to work on Sunday).
Portsmouth is very charming. It is a very old city and not a huge city, so really just about perfect for a quick visit.
Our first stop was dinner, as we were hungry. I remembered the Beach Plum from last year and that really good lobster roll, so we went there again. Ladies’ choice!! 😀
These are pricey, but oh so good! John and I split this lobster roll. I think it had 10 ounces of meat on it? I was pretty happy after dinner 😀
The downtown area is where we spent pretty much the rest of our time. We stayed in a little place we booked through AirBNB, and while it was relatively inexpensive and walkable to downtown, I don’t think I would stay there again. It was a rental unit and not in great condition. The host was nice, though.
Anyway, downtown Portsmouth is full of charm. Lots of shops and eateries.
Of course, the boats.
The city itself has tons of old buildings, which you know I love. The shopping is fun, too, with all the nooks and crannies filled with little boutiques.
Tons of breweries, too!
This sandwich board was highly amusing to me and I don’t know why.
We had to stop back at Friendly Toast!
This place is fun. I got an omelet that came with toast. I chose the cheddar cayenne bread.
I seriously could bathe in this bread – it is sooooo good! It’s a good thing we walked a lot this weekend. 😉
We found a very interesting open house at the the Moffit-Ladd house, which turned out to be really fun. I learned more about pigeons than I thought could be learned. I had no idea that people actually bred pigeons like they do dogs and there are over 500 varieties!
People used to (and still do, apparently) raise pigeons for food. This is an example of a pigeon barn.
They would put boxes up on the inside and when pigeons fly into the holes and laid their eggs you could get them from the inside.
This was one of the bedrooms in the house.
There were tons of flowers in bloom in town, too.
It’s so different being by the sea than by a lake. John was saying how the sea is just enchanting and I think he is right.
Tomorrow I will talk about the museum complex we went to called Strawberry Banke, but that’s enough for today!