Cute Towns & Our First Freakin’ Parking Ticket!

Church & scaffolding. Newburyport, MA

Church & scaffolding. Newburyport, MA

Day 54   August 2      part 1

Newburyport (I still keep calling it Newportbury) was a great little town. Quintessential New England.

We rolled into town in the late morning, to find a fabulous street festival taking place. The local fire department was out in the street, collecting money for some charity, there were a couple of bands playing on two stages, there were food booths, and all kinds of vendors selling their wares on the sidewalks.

Street festival. Town square.

We sampled everything from the local art, to the local seafood chowder, the local lobster & scallop cakes, and the local gelato. This was a fun place, and beautiful too!

Saw some nice artwork at the local art association.

Saw some nice artwork at the local art association.

Newburyport, NH

Newburyport, MA

Newburyport, NH

Newburyport, MA

Newburyport, NH

Newburyport, MA

Not sure if this was a gym for women or for men. Newburyport, NH

Not sure if this was a gym for women or for men. Newburyport, MA

Newburyport, NH

Newburyport, MA

Newburyport, MA

Newburyport, MA

Newburyport, MA

Made a stop here for gelato. Newburyport, MA

Newburyport, NH

Newburyport, MA

Mark thought it’d be fun to open up a B&B in Newburyport. In order to deal with customer complaints that we’d inevitably have, we’d install a complaint box in the lobby. But instead of the complaints landing inside the box, they’d land inside a shredder that would be hidden inside the box! Brilliant! That would ensure a hassle-free business experience for us, for sure!

When we left Newburyport, we took a quick spin through nearby Plum Island, and then headed north.

Plum Island

Plum Island

We crossed into New Hampshire at Seabrook, but, once again, I missed the “Welcome” sign, so, no picture.

The next stop was Portsmouth, New Hampshire, another beautiful New England town. Much bigger than Newburyport, but equally as fun and beautiful, we spent a couple hours walking around, taking photos, and getting a parking ticket.

Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Parking was hard to come by in Portsmouth, so when we found a large parking space, we snagged it. The space was metered, and was only for 15 minute parking. We thought we were so clever when we fed the meter, and walked around for 1/2 hour, and returned to the RV, and did NOT have a ticket. We felt so clever, that we fed the meter again, and walked around for another 45 minutes. Only this time,when we returned, we had a ticket. With the damage done, we just kept walking around town.

Eventually, it was time to leave. We had a very important place to be, and we were supposed to be there around 6:00pm. So much more to do and see in Portsmouth, but that would all have to wait for another visit in time.

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