I wish I was there

This is a painting of a view from Mt Desert Island in Maine by the nineteenth-century artist Thomas Cole.  My family have been vacationing on Mt Desert since I was a kid when we would drive 20 hours from Virginia to Maine with a stop at my grandmother’s in Boston.  The island has long been appreciated as a beauty spot: Thomas Cole and Frederick Church were among the artists to make it famous.  A large portion of it was once owned by the Rockefeller family, who donated much of the land that now forms Acadia National Park.  The other night I read Judith Schalansky’s Atlas of Remote Islands (recommended) which set me to thinking about my favourite islands and wishing my suitcase was packed and my ticket bought.


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