Friday, May 29, 2009

A little Portsmouth for you

All photo's taken from Pierce Island about one month ago



Geno’s Restaurant



Geno’s







Settled in 1623 Portsmouth has some wonderful historic colonial homes and views to offer. Strolling through the old narrow streets where the houses sit literally right on the street is always a treat on a warm summers day. Many of the gardens of these old homes are well tended and quite beautiful.













Located on the Piscatiqua river the Memorial Bridge connecting Portsmouth to Kittery, Maine was the first major vertical lift bridge built in the nation. In the summertime the bridge raises and lowers every 1/2 hour during the day to allow sail boats or ships to pass through.








Dedicated in 1923 to World War I sailors and soldiers, currently this bridge is considered historic and on the national endangered list. In need of a major overhaul which will cost multi-millions it’s anyone’s guess what will happen in the next few years. Demolition or restoration … surely it will be a hot topic among the locals and state officials.

30 comments:

hip chick said...

We must just miss eachother where ever we go...:) I was on the other side taking pictures of Portsmouth, Memorial bridge and Pierce Isle a few weeks ago. In fact, I had a lobster roll at Geno's. Wouldn't that be funny if I got a shot of you on Pierce Isle and you got a shot of me at Geno's?

A New England Life said...

That WOULD be funny! One of these days we'll catch up with each other I just know it!

Darned am I sick of this rain. Off to work I go! Looong week.

Sharon

The Blue Ridge Gal said...

Will be interesting to hear what happens with the bridge. Sure hate to see history lost.

DI
The Blue Ridge Gal

Cedar ... said...

What wonderful pictures, to me there isn't a lot better than New England, fishing villages and old wharfs. Well, maybe the smell of the Atlantic.

Becky said...

Beautiful photos of my favorite place! I love being asble to see it again through your camera!

The Retired One said...

Wow. Did you get any shots of the house's well kept gardens?

Tutta la Storia said...

Great shots--love Portsmouth, even though I have only been in town once a few years ago. Drive thru / or by it a million times on my way to the old homestead in Brunswick!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Thanks so much for the tour. As always great photos.
Glenda

Nancy and the fatties said...

Cool pictures Sharon - these bring back memories of a fun day shopping in Portsmouth with you. I am listening to some new tunes, btw, and they are awesome
hugs....

cpknancy said...

Your pictures make me think of my son's favorite childhood book "The Oxcart Man"... In it, he goes to Portsmouth to sell his goods. Your pictures remind me of the illustrations.

Laura said...

Put this on this list for when I come visit!

dog trot farm said...

One of my favoite places to visit.

NCmountainwoman said...

What a lovely place. Great photos.

Chatelaine said...

I love spending time in Portsmouth. I have a friend who lives in nearby Dover. I think it's time to visit her again!

Thanks for the tour!

dAwN said...

Great photos! Portsmouth is a very picturesque town! You did a wonderful job capturing that.

Beth at Aunties said...

Absolutely gorgeous pictures of a beautiful place! As Becky mentioned...I love seeing beautiful New England out of the lens of your camera. You truly are gifted!

Jennifer Dee said...

Thank you for the beautiful pictures. I am so envious. I have never been to America, but New England would be my first destitnation, if I could ever get over there. In the meantime photo's like these will keep my interest in everything New England.

Jayne said...

Just beautiful Sharon. I've never been up to New England and now I really want to come some day to see all your beautiful images in person. :c)

Autumnseer said...

My beloved Portsmouth! Thank you SO much for these lovely images of a town I will always love. I used to live with my grandmother on Gates Street -- just a few streets up from Prescott Park. My dad did work in Strawberry Banke for several years. I sure miss that beautiful town. It was so great to see all those beautiful shots you took. My heart just soared all the way down here in FL.

MaineBirder said...

Love this series Sharon, excellent work!

Classic New England scenery and makes me feel right at home!

A New England Life said...

I always enjoy hearing from someone who knows Portsmouth but hasn't been there in a while. Knowing I've brought back memories makes me feel like I've done something special.

Glad everyone enjoyed the photos. Though not a big city, Portsmouth has great history. To me it's a city that is best enjoyed during the Summer or early Fall.

Laura, you are welcome anytime. Nancy, I hope to see you and Carlos this Fall!

Hipchick, how is Geno's? I've never been there but my husband and I plan on it this Summer.

Sharon

Shellmo said...

I loved these scenic photos - really makes me want to visit! I hope they restore that bridge - it would be a shame if they didn't.

Evelyn said...

Oh, Sharon, you're making me homesick to go visit New England. And, to think I just turned down a family reunion invitation in Maine because my daughter will be in the thick of an intense 5-week semester taking STATISTICS of all things.

casacaudill said...

We spent a day in Portsmouth two summers ago when we visited the area for a wedding - what a beautiful city you have there. (And yes, I'm a jealous Californian.) :-)

Kerri said...

Looks like a lovely area!! Beautiful captures!

Mary said...

So scenic and colorful. I love it there.

Mary said...

Oh these are wonderful, Sharon. I love seeing all the classic New England architecture!

Eve said...

That just screams New England Sharon! I'm a long way from there now. Just beautiful.

nikkicrumpet said...

HAH...I was just in Portsmouth last month...dang you make it look even prettier than it is in real life!

Thistlebrooms said...

Just had to add to your MANY comments that my daughter graduated from the U. of New Hampshire a few years back and every other weekend we used to go into Portsmouth...Thanks for showing me how wonderful it is from your side!!!Great Photo's and Memories...
Always My Best~Marilyn