A Stroll Through Downtown Portland, Maine

After several months of having lived in the extremely suburban Jersey Shore region, a visit to this hip urban New England city felt like a breath of fresh air for my soul.

I loved the silhouette created by this couple against the backdrop of an urban scene in the bright afternoon sun.

Passing a children’s boutique, I was poignantly reminded that my nephew Robbie would be turning six in a few weeks and I had no idea what to get him. 

I took delight in the surreal effects created by the sun’s glare reflecting off a store window where inside, a sales clerk changed a lightbulb above a mannequin.

I passed an inspirational sign outside a church in the Old Port neighborhood that made me want to cheer: “Yasss, girl. Yasss!!!” p.s. Don’t judge my spelling. I’m trying to be cute.

Sure it was April 10th, but the trees were bare and the air was chilly. Welcome to Maine, people!

The shadows of bare tree branches graced the cobbled sidewalks of Old Port, a fashionable neighborhood in town.

An imaginative window mural outside a comic book store in Old Port.

The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception was built in the 1860s and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Church Doorway

Light and shadows on Fore Street, a few blocks north of the Portland Harbor.

The rear view of Central Provisions, one of Portland’s hottest restaurants.

Central Provisions received a prestigious James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant in 2015. Here is the establishment’s interior, captured just before the Sunday brunch rush.

Coffee, anyone?

Portland’s City Hall was constructed around 1910. The building is made of granite and takes up most of a city block.

Colorful buoys adorn the fence in front of the house where Henry Wadsworth Longfellow grew up (now a museum).
Wadsworth Longfellow House

This statue,  commissioned for the 1939 New York World’s Fair, was created by Portland sculptor Victor Kahlil. The work pays homage to Maine’s many fishermen who make their living by the sea.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this virtual stroll through downtown Portland, Maine.

7 responses to “A Stroll Through Downtown Portland, Maine”

  1. Ha Ha, I can hear the church bells. Great saying and yes, I need to get the ball rolling for Mr. Robbie:). Party is scheduled but If I want anyone there, I might want to get invites out – lol. Thanks for posting these Gina. Makes for a good morning. And for Robbie, if you want to get him anything he is really into magnets and experiments right now. He also likes Angry Birds, dinosaurs anything to do with outside. He also really wants a crossbow (go figure). But seriously, you do so much for us. I can’t tell you how happy you make us. Sending love on a jinxed morning.

  2. Awesome. Thanks for the ideas, Katy! That helps a lot. ❤ I don't feel like I do all that much for you from afar. Can't wait to see you all his summer. I hope the morning's jinx is lifted. Sending love your way, as well.

    1. Just having you there are knowing that you care about the kiddo’s is so special. I can’t wait tell you get here as well! Maybe you can teach me some simpler moves – lol.

      1. I would be happy to teach you some simple yoga moves! 🙂

  3. I love the way you captured the subtleties of Portland. There is a certain grace to this post. I enjoyed reading! Keep it up! 🙂

    1. Thanks, Margeaux! We went back for a second trip yesterday. I’m surprised by how much I heart the city! It reminds me of a mini-Boston. Thanks for reading/commenting! XO

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