The ship called “The Eagle” is a vessel that takes passengers and cars over to the island of Nantucket. On Saturday I visited one of my favorite places on planet Earth, what the native Americans called the “faraway island”…This tiny hamlet in the middle of the Atlantic, or so it seems if you live on it for any extended period of time, defines what Cape Cod and the two most famous islands represent–a land that time does not touch. The timelessness of Nantucket can be found in so many places–from Brandt Point to Great Point Lighthouses, Madekat Beach to Surfside, Siaconset to the cobblestone streets of Nantucket proper. As we approach the holidays, the town of Nantucket will begin to decorate these old world avenues with Christmas trees where 2nd graders, fireman, and local shop owners transform them into something out of “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer’s” Christmas town. The event is coined, “Christmas Stroll” and it is now a destination spot for many who live both here on the Cape and Islands, as well as tourists from all over the world…When I lived on the island in the winter of 1997-98, walking Main Street on cold December nights, snow gently falling on the large boulder like rocks that act as pavement for the thoroughfare, lights of all colors glistening in the eves of the white, grey clapboard architecture (uniform colors for the island) and the music that filled the night air, one feels transported back into the time of Dickens and the world simply dissolves away to the song, “Silent Night”. Nantucket is a gem that should be experienced and treasured. Have a wonderful week! Peace~ M
November 23, 2009
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