Some Salem Pics
Below are some pics of Salem from my walk around.
The House of Seven Gables: This is the house that inspired Nathanial Hawthorne's gothic novel, The House of Seven Gables. I vaguely remember reading it in school. It looks kinda gothic right?
The house belonged to Hawthorne's cousin and he was born in another house on the grounds. The main character of the book is the owner of the house, Hepzibah Pyncheon. This is the person Zee, in The Map of True Places was named after. You can go on tours of the house, which I did as a kid. For this trip I just walked around the outside. Zee's home in Salem is across the street from this house.
A miniature ship on the grounds of The House of Seven Gables. Although Salem is primarily known for its witch craft past, it was a major shipping center for the Colonies and there are lots of sights and museums in the town concerning this maritime past. When I was a kid I think the town wanted to try to shift attention away from the witch stuff. Today, Salem has fully embraced its association with witchcraft and there are witch shops, fortune tellers etc... everywhere in town and all the town signs have a little witch on them. It's easy to see why the town embraces the witch stuff - it is a big money maker. In fact on this trip I even indulged a bit in it, buying a love potion at a local witch shop. I'll let you know if it works...
Ye Old Pepper Candy Company: Here are a couple of pics I took at Ye Old Pepper Candy Company, one of the oldest candy shop's in the U.S. Zee buys some Gibralters and Black Jack's for her father, who loves them. These are very old and kinda strange candies. Gibraltars looked like opaque ice cubes and tasted like those mellow mints they used to give out after dinner at fancy restaurants. The Black Jacks are molasses flavored stick candy. Both were simple and good.
Where is the Friendship? This is where the tall ship the Friendship usually docks. The boat plays a big part in The Map of True Places, Hawk works on the boat and lives on another boat next store. Unfortunately it must have sailed south for the winter. I thought this was a very atmospheric pic though, of the lonely storehouse and the gray sky.