“Cold to Cold” (Part IV) – Salem

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[We boarded the train at Boston’s North Station for the half hour commute to Salem.  We were going to pay a visit to “old” D.C. friends, Rose (a native Minneapolitan) and Dick (a native of Massachusetts) McMullen, who had just moved their winter residence from Rockport to Salem.  Salem, of course, is famous for its witches – and look, here are two right now!  😉 ]

Editor’s Note:  It’s April 5.  Though temperatures have stubbornly remained 20 degrees below normal, we have had significant snow melt in the last two weeks because of sunny skies.  It was looking into the past – the remaining snow on the ground probably fell in December and January.  Today, it’s snowing again.]

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[Salem, like all places in the Northeast, is noted for being really old.  There are some nice things that go along with that.  Rose and Dick bought a condominium in a 200-year old building.  The size of the rooms and height of the ceilings are impressive.  This was our bedroom – the guest bedroom!  We could have played a basketball game in here!]

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[A fireplace therein.  And two floor-to-ceiling windows.]

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[And a personal blogging area with wet bar!]

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[From the wet bar.]

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[The kitchen, just off our bedroom and bathroom, looking out into the dining room.]

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[The entry/dining room.]

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[Looking back to the kitchen.]

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[The living room (and below).]

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[The view out their living room windows, overlooking Salem Common.  Exactly the kind of place the supervisor and I are looking to for our Medicare years in Alex!  😉 ]

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[The art in our bedroom.  Made us feel right at home!  🙂 ]

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[Rosie and the supervisor lead us off for an exploration of Salem.]

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[Rose had her Minneapolis blood working – I was freezing!]

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[Their condo – the 2nd floor.]

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[A monument arch in Salem Common.]

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[Historic homes all around the Common.]

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[Approaching the far side of the Common.  Our host house is directly across following the side walk.  And yes, that is a skating rink on the left side.]

1-26-13-24[The Hawthorne (another famous name in our history) Hotel, directly across the Common from Rose and Dick’s.  A lovely place in which to enjoy Happy Hour!  😉 ]

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[Spooky!]

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[Scary!]

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[Let’s go check for other eerie places!]

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[Ghoulish!]

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[A ghost ship?]

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[Let’s see what we can find downtown?  The windchill is keeping attendance down.]

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[Ye Old Town Hall]

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[When you’re in Salem, you’re “Bewitched”!]

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[Let’s do lunch!  Cutest young waitress with a nose ring . . .]

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[Roger Conant, founder of Salem in 1626, or 286 years before Oklahoma became a state.]

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[Ooooh, here’s those witches again!]

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[“The House of the Seven Gables.”  If we had a gable above our garage door, all the snow wouldn’t slide off the roof blocking our egress!]

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[The witches and me (photo by an adoring fan).]

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[Duck!!]

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[We’re overlooking Salem harbor here.]

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[Salem trade in the olden days.]

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[Sailing, sailing, over the bounding main . . .]

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[Where many a stormy wind shall blow . . .]

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[‘Ere the cub reporter comes home again.]

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[And Rosie leads us home again.  Dick says county records list the house as actually being built in 1815.]

And that ends our first day in Salem.  But here’s a preview of Day 2:

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[The next morning Dick and I went for some internationally-famous Ziggy and Sons Donuts!  🙂 ]

Loved the pics of Salem! I have a chair that is upholstered in the same fabric as Rose! It’s the wild but tasteful floral!  ~ Rita

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