Sunday, July 19, 2015

#585. Greetings from Martha's Vineyard

Visiting Cape Cod has been on our bucket list, and we finally got there this summer. After talking to acquaintances from New England, we chose to spend a few nights on Martha's Vineyard, the large triangular-shaped island in the centre of the map. It's 45 minutes by car ferry off the southern coast of Massachusetts, and brings back memories of the Kennedy era. (JFK aficionados will spot Hyannis to the right of the red symbol, and Chappaquidick Island adjacent to the east of Martha's Vineyard).
We stayed 'up island' at the little fishing village of Menemsha in the SW corner (confusingly, they refer to the northern, populous side as "Down island" and the more undeveloped, southern side as "Up Island"). People come to Menemsha from all over MV to watch the sunset, which was spectacular when we were there. as these pictures indicate, the general ambience could be described as "laid-back maritime". More presidential trivia - the Obamas holiday each summer at Chilmark, which you'll see is just 2 miles S. of Menemsha. MV would be a nice place to return to each summer, except it's a tiring 5 hr drive across Connecticut and Rhode Island on the I-95, the very busy freeway that connects NYC and Boston which only has 2 lanes in many places.

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