Bangor In February

(10th & 11th of February 2012)

 

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I decided to write a journal, for 3 reasons:

1st - it's fun!

2nd - Vacations just whiz by and you quickly forget what you did. *s*

3rd - To share with friends and family.

 

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Friday, 10th of February, 2012

 

Gilbert and I had planned this trip for about a month and we were all packed and ready with our lists, when we jumped in our car at 8h30 a.m.

 

Quick stop at the bank, got some gas and we were "ON THE ROAD, AGAIN" - Willy Nelson would have been proud of us! LOL

 

About an hour later, we were in Calais... on the US side.  We stopped at our usual spot for coffee and bagels... Duncan Donut.

 

Packaged and sent off 4 quilts to my friend, Frummie. Got the car filled with gas and off we were!

 

Destination?   BANGOR!!!

 

2 - 1/2 hours later (approx.), we arrived in Brewer - that's across the river from Bangor. In Brewer, we stopped at Marden's, one of my favorite stores!  LOTS of fabric at 3 and 4 dollars per yard!!!

 

 

By then, it was 1 p.m., our time, and we were getting pretty hungry!

 

Next on my Vacation Bucket List?

 

The Olive Garden!!!

 

 

After a delicious meal, we then went to Burlington Coat Factory.  Gilbert was looking for a spring coat. Unfortunately, he didn't find what he was looking for.... but that was okay.  We had lots of other places to go see!

 

Since it was getting late - 3 p.m. approx. - we decided it would be best to check into our hotel, unload our stuff and head back out.

 

 

We set up our stuff, checked our emails - thanks to Econo Lodge's wireless (and free) service!

 

 

We re-grouped our thoughts, set out a map of our next stops...

 

Joann's was next.  Gilbert had never been there, before.

 

 

I bought a few pieces of red and black fabric.

 

And, I was THRILLED to see THIS baby!!!!

 

 

An anniversary (electronic/computerized?) Singer sewing machine!  I had seen them in magazines but never dreamt that I'd be seeing one, close-up!

 

Next on our shopping?

 

L.L. Bean!!!

 

I had always wanted to go there.

 

Beautiful items!!!

 

 

One of our last stops was at A.C. Moore.  This store reminded us SOOO much of our Canadian "Michael's" store... it's GOTTA be the American version of our Michael's!

 

I bought some yarn and paint brushes, here.

 

 

By then, it was dark outside and we wanted to find a store to buy a nice bottle of red, dry wine.  Plus, Gilbert wanted a pizza delivered to our hotel room.

 

Soooo, we found this convenience store, which... coincidentally... has a variation of my sister's last name!

 

BONUS!!!

 

 

Back to the hotel... take off our coats, slip off our boots and RELAX!!!

 

Had a few minutes of panic when we couldn't find a wine bottle opener and the front desk didn't have one, either.  Gilbert ran out to the car and found one in one of the compartments!

 

Hot pizza delivered to our door and red wine.....

 

Aren't vacations great?!?!?!

 

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Saturday, 11th February 2012

 

Woke up around 6 a.m., Bangor time.... which was 7 a.m. OUR time.  We didn't bother making coffee in our room as we weren't far from the room where they offered the free Continental breakfast.

 

After breakfast, we packed up and checked out.  No need to hang around - they were calling for snow AND we still had 3 to 4 hour trip back home!  Oh? and did I mention that we had more places to shop?

 

First spot was Brewer's SUPER WalMart...

 

 

It was fairly early in the morning and when we walked into their grocery store, our jaws dropped!  A full and complete grocery store in WALMART?!?!?   Our Walmart doesn't have a grocery store!!!

 

When we left Walmart, it was starting to snow and I was getting worried.

 

From there, my Mom wanted me to pick up some kind of mushroom complexe vitamin, at a GNC store.  Coincidentally, we visited one in Brewer and one in Calais and NEITHER had what she was looking for, unfortunately!

 

After the mushroom complexe hunt, we decided it was best to head back home as the snow was falling pretty heavy.

 

I made this trip, back home from Bangor, in a storm a few years back and I had promised myself that I would never do that again.  Well, gosh darn... here I was ... BACK on the same darn road, in a snow storm - only Gilbert was driving this time!

 

Still scary, nevertheless...

 

2-1/2 hours later, we were in Calais and decided to stop at Mardens.  Gilbert found himself TWO spring coats and I bought some more fabric!

 

Once again, we stopped at Rite Aid, that had a GNC store inside and no mushroom complexe...

 

 

By then, it was around noon time and Gilbert and I decided that the best thing was to grab a coffee and get HOME!

 

 

We got home around 4 p.m., unpacked the car and we were BOTH grateful at having arrived home SAFELY!!!

 

The next day?  Its my birthday!!!

 

What an EXCELLENT birthday weekend - to ME!!!

 

Rosa

 

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