We enjoyed the Portland Museum of Art because of its varied collection of art. The main exhibition was of 4 sculptors (Lachaise, Laurent, Nadelman, and Zorach) who came to the US from Europe in the early 20th century and revolutionised sculpture in the country – we are not really into sculpture but these were some of the best we have ever seen.
We also happened to be in Portland when there was a large LGBT Pride march through the streets. This was part of similar marches throughout the country. All states in the US recognised same-sex marriage after the Supreme Court in 2015 ruled that state bans on same-sex marriages was unconstitutional – shame Australia!!! No comments necessary
We also went on a harbour cruise through Casco Bay and the islands. One of the features of the bay are the number of lighthouses, 4 of which we were able to see. Most are still in use, even the most distant one, Ram Island Ledge Lighthouse, which was bought by a surgeon through public tender in 2010 for $190,000. There are also a number of old forts on the islands, a remnant of the war with the British. Two highlights on the trip were the osprey nest on an old pylon in the middle of the harbour and a pair of eagles on Great Diamond Island. Both had chicks in their nests and, as seen by the size of the nests, have been coming back to the same nest for a number of years.
From Portland we drove to Kennebunkport, but instead of taking the highway, went via the coastal route. Although there were some nice spots, a lot of the beaches just south of Portland, are very crowded with lots of cheap motels and condos. However, everything changes as you get closer to Kennebunkport.