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North Dartmouth, Massachusetts – Day 7

The motorhome is parked at my cousin Bob’s and his wife Donna’s home at North Dartmouth, Massachusetts. We are planning to depart tomorrow.

Yesterday was a somewhat decent day. With a light cloud cover the high temperature was 79 degrees with 63% humidity. Still too humid for my liking.

Yesterday we drove the Bronco the about five miles to New Bedford. Our first stop was Saint Anthony’s of Padua Church where my mother and father were married in 1938. I wanted Mary to see this beautiful structure built 101 years ago. It’s spire is 256 feet…making it the tallest in New England.

You can read all about this beautiful church by clicking this Wikipedia link… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Anthony_of_Padua_Church_%28New_Bedford,_Massachusetts%29

I really recommend you view these church photos in full screen!

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…

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Padua is a city in northern Italy…

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Then we drove a couple of miles to downtown New Bedford and went to the New Bedford Art Museum which is rather small and does not allow photography…Boo on them!

In this part of Old New Bedford, a number of cobblestone streets are still in existence…

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A couple of blocks away we arrived at the Old Star Store. Once New Bedford’s leading department store for many years, it apparently fell victim to today’s modern malls. My grandmother worked at the Star Store for many years as a saleslady in ladies clothing…

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Today the old Star Store houses an extension of UMASS-Dartmouth and has a few old photos and paintings…

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We visited New Bedford extensively during our visit here in 2010. You can see those Blog entries in our archives during the summer months. In the mid-1800’s, New Bedford was the most famous city in the world because of its whaling industry. It was known as the City That lit The World. You can read this history on the official government New Bedford Whaling National Historic Park which we visited in 2010… http://www.nps.gov/nebe/index.htm

You can read all about New Bedford by clicking this Wikipedia link… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Bedford,_Massachusetts

Enjoying beautiful old buildings is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

The red dot on the below map shows our approximate location in the State of Massachusetts. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

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Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures with low humidity most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein

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On October 27, 2012, I created a two-minute video titled America The Beautiful. The music America The Beautiful is by Christopher W. French. The photos, which I randomly selected, are from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia (not shown in that order)…are mine. Yup, That’s me standing in front of the Post Office in Luckenbach, Texas…Y’all!

Click this link to start the video. Make sure you have your speakers turned on and go to full screen asap.
http://youtu.be/FfZUzEB4rM8

If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…
http://ramblinmanphotos.wordpress.com/

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2013
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Edgartown On The Island Of Martha’s Vineyard

Jim says:

Yesterday Mary and I went to Edgartown on the island of Martha’s Vineyard under cloudy skies and a cool 62 degrees. It’s the largest town on the island (population-wise) with a 2000 census of 3,779 and the county seat of Duke County. It was one of the leading whaling ports in the 1800’s. It was also widely filmed during the making of the movie Jaws in 1974.

Here’s a few photos…

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An old building on a side street in Edgartown.
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A young family fishes from the main dock.
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The Edgartown Lighthouse on the water passage between Martha’s Vineyard and Chappaquiddick Island.
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A pretty shop front.
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The three car ferry approaches Chappaquiddick Island.

After completing our visit to Edgartown, we took the ferry to Chappaquiddick Island. See tomorrow’s blog entry!

To see the other 16 photos I took, click this link…
http://picasaweb.google.com/jimjrver/EdgartownMA061210#

Here’s a Wikipedia informational link about Edgartown…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edgartown,_Massachusetts

Here’s a Wikipedia informational link about the movie Jaws…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaws_%28film%29

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2010
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.panamaorbust.com

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New Bedford, Massachusetts – Whaling National Historical Park

Jim says:

On Thursday, we drove about 30 miles to arrive in Dartmouth, Massachusetts. We parked in the back yard of my cousin Bob and Donna’s.

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Parked in my cousin’s back yard.

On Friday we went to the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park about 10 miles distant. During the 1800’s it was the whaling capital of the world. Also famous for being the home-port of Captain Ahab who sought the great white whale…Moby Dick. They have a great whaling museum which is part of the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park. We spent about three hours wandering through this National Historical Park.

Here’s some photos…

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During the 1800’s, New Bedford was known as The City That Lit The World.
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Many Quakers lived in New Bedford during the 1800’s.
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The whaling ships amongst their prey.
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Taking care of business.
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Seamen’s Bethel (House of God)
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A tablet dedicated to lost seamen.

To see the other 49 photos I took, click this link…
http://picasaweb.google.com/jimjrver/NewBedfordMA060410_1#

Here’s the official government website link for the park…
http://www.nps.gov/nebe

Here’s a Wikipedia informational link about New Bedford…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Bedford,_Massachusetts

After our park visit, we crossed the river to the City of Fairhaven where I lived when I was 4-10 years old. In Fairhaven, Gene’s Famous Seafoods serves the best Fish and Chips meal in the entire world! Ymmmm!!!! Gene’s has been there since 1964 and I always stop and enjoy a great meal every time I come to this area.

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Mary tastes the New England Clam Chowder before attacking our seafood platter which contains scallops, shrimp, clams, fish and french fries.

After our meal I showed Mary the area of Fairhaven where I lived as a young boy. My grand-father and father built our home at 29 Sconticut Neck road.

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My home when I was 5-10 years old.

Fairhaven has its own famous history. Here’s a Wikipedia informational link about Fairhaven…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairhaven,_Massachusetts

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2010
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.panamaorbust.com

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