Sunday, November 6, 2011

Mystic Seaport

I knew right away when my niece said she was coming for a visit that I wanted to take her to
Mystic, Ct.
One of my favorite towns.
Though we go to Mystic often or at least as much as we can,
it had been around 18 yrs ago since we went to the Seaport.
The day had started off being overcast but it seemed soon after we arrived the sun came out
which made picture taking a lot more fun.

I took a lot but don’t worry I won’t show you all of them : )


but there’s still a lot of them


I always wonder who the lucky people are who get to live across the water.
Of course when you come here and can’t help but wonder
what it would have been like to live in this village back then when it was a Whaling community.
We of course learned about what went into getting the oil from the whales.
I won’t be getting into all that….
kind of yucky business though it was necessary back then.
Just glad we don’t have to do it now.
Have you ever watched Whale Wars on Animal Planet ???
Check out their videos if you have time.

the green

Ok back to the pretty stuff……

This was mid October and the leaves were already off so many trees. It has not been the usual
Fall colors we look forward to seeing. The hurricane/ tropical storm did a number on so many.


Coming here off peak made for a peaceful day.
No crowds!


Not all the buildings were here originally…..many were saved from all over New England.



Mystic_33october 2011 copy


yellow house

I was loving this building with the overflowing window boxes.
They were getting a change out with mums and ornamental kale.
Talked to the maintenance man and I learned that they have their own greenhouses, and though
I was a little curious as to where they were, I didn’t ask.


morning glory
This is the Buckingham Hall house that was moved from Old Saybrook back when the
Baldwin Bridge was built in the 50’s.

I love the kitchen.
I much prefer unfitted cabinets.


And love the huge fireplace.
Imagine making all your meals from here? Probably they had a summer kitchen so the house didn’t
get so hot during the summer months.


blue bottles

The Pharmacy was one of my favorite buildings full of old apothecary bottles with strange and interesting
ways to cure your ailment.


iron pills



It was wonderful stepping back in time for a few hours.
Life was hard back then and it makes me thankful that we have it pretty easy now.

I wonder if in only 100 yrs from now they’ll look back at how we lived and

How did they do it???


Susie~From My Home To Yours said...

Lovely pictures...thanks for sharing your special day with us.

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Oh, Mystic Seaport, sigh. Thank you for taking us with you, Carole! It looks like you had the perfect weather for your wonderful trip. Your niece must have loved the tour.
Did they have to count the pharmacy bottles after you had left, LOL?
Even though I can do without some of the modern technical toys, I can hardly imagine cooking on a fireplace every day or not having running water. Times back then were really hard.
Have a great week, my dear friend :-)!
Hugs to you,

oldgreymare said...

It looks so perfect, it seems it could be a fake movie set. Nothing like it out my way. Lucky you.

What a perfect day for your visit! I know Vanessa went home with many wonderful memories.

SueAnn said...

It boggles my mind how life will look 100 years from today! It will be amazing I am sure and we will the heck!!??!! Ha!
Your pics are awesome! What a fabulous town!!

Jacqueline @ HOME said...

Oh Carole,
What a lovely town Mystic Seaport is and how pretty......beautiful houses and such gorgeous window boxes. I love that photo of Buckingham Hall house, that kitchen is my sort of kitchen and the old pharmaceutical bottles are wonderful.
You must have had a lovely time with Vanessa.....did you buy anything and have a nice lunch ?!!!! That would just have made it a perfect day out in my book !! haha XXXX

trash talk said...

Gorgeous. We have nothing to even compare to it down here. Those window boxes are fab!
P.S. Did you have pizza?

Anonymous said...

Bee-utiful! And the weather looked perfect! I love the charm of the old villages and buildings restored or retained. Hope you and your niece have many more memorable days as this one must be!

Bleudelavande said...

Hi Carole,
it sounds like a perfect day!!!! I'm so glad for you.
That place is just amazing, I like so much that house.
Nice week to you.

Theresa said...

Hi Carole! A few years ago we took a short vacation to the East coast and absolutely loved Mystic! WE didn't go to Seaport though, we did get some really amazing lobster at a place way off the beaten path and we loved going through the shops and the whole feel of the place! t.xoxoxoox

Heaven's Walk said...

This looks like someplace that Hubby and I need to visit, Carole! What a beautiful town! I just adore the architecture, and the water, and the ships, and the shops...... :) Thank you for sharing your photos! Loved looking at them!

xoxo laurie

Vals alentejo said...

I too love to know about people who live accross the waters. I came upon your blog, while blogging.. it caught my eye. your web page and its beautiful flowers. roses are my passion.
What a lovely old fashioned little place Mystic Seaport looks. The flowers and the lovely paths to the houses. The little marina with its yachts.. I enjoyed reading your blog.
Look forward to reading more..
your photos are great.
best wishes vals alentejo

Renée Finberg said...

i love it there.
my mom and i had a wonderful trip there.


Candylei said...

Looks like you had a wonderful day! We love visiting all of the quaint and colonial towns here. My favorite is Williamsburg, spring and at Christmas time!

Karen said...

What a beautiful place, that's my kinda outing. It always amazes me how much things have changed in really such a short time.

Julie@beingRUBY said...

How fantastic Carole
Love the apothecary bottles and bits and pieces.. I've always wanted to visit Mystic.. so at least now I've had a virtual visit via your fabulous shots!!... I imagine Vanessa loved it also!!

Have a great week.. ciao xxx Julie

Bead and Needle said...

Good thing they had those Carter's Pills, back in those harder times! :-) Love the name of the town, and everything about it! One day you can come to Vegas and Z and I can drive you around to all of the quaint, historic casinos! Have a fabulous week, Carole...beautiful photos, as always...Tanya

Evi said...

Carol, this brought back fond memories of our honeymoon. Mystic was one of our destinations.....Ebbie got lost for an hour, and typical man, did not want to ask for directions.
Mystic made up for it though. It is so pretty, especially without the crowds.
Like you, I love the pharmacy.
Must go back there!
Hope to see you soon,
love, Evi

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Carole,

Mystic Seaport looks so beautiful and glad that you had a neat day out with your niece.
The houses and window boxes with flowers are so pretty. Love the old pharmacy with the potions and the gorgeous old apothecary bottles.

Have a happy weekend

June said...

I loved your trip to Mystic Carole. It is such a quaint place and is definitely on my list of places to visit when I get over my phobia of flying (not going to happen anytime soon). I have a good friend who was a nanny for a family that lived across that water. She is the reason I have wanted to visit this village for a long time. Thanks for taking me there in may be as close as I will get.
Hugs from here...

Anonymous said...

I haven't been there in years even though it is so close. Thanks for all the beautiful pictures. I love all those old houses and the apothecary - OH my! Your pictures are just wonderful. said...

Mystic is so pretty. Some of your photos look like postcards:) Thanks for sharing with us:)
~Debra xxx
Capers of the vintage vixens

vicki said...

What a fabulous collection of photos- I love Mystic Seaport- have wonderful memories of a visit there. Have a friend who managed a B&B there. Your day was absolutely lovely- you are so lucky to live so close--