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Falling in love with Maine, USA.

Maine has always attracted me - it's a seaside thing I suppose. It's also a lobster thing. What's not to like? We chose Deer Isle, planning to explore masses of coastline but when we got there we fell in love with the island and didn't move much at all. In our defence it was also a very long drive from Montreal.

Deer Isle has a population of around 2000 and lies west of Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. We stayed at the Cottage on the shore which is available either as a rental or a home swap. It's not like any cottage I've ever seen with four bedrooms and three bathrooms and it made the perfect location from which to stare out to sea. Many little islands peppered our view and we were never without binoculars checking on the cormorants drying their wings in the sun, the loons with their haunting call and lots of ducks which we never did identify fully. But we didn't just have one view as on a lake but multiple views as the tides came and went and the ski…

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