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A visit to the Twin Cities of Maine

10/23/2014
Lewiston has a nice city hall and it made these fall colors look spectacular.

Lewiston has a nice city hall and it made these fall colors look spectacular.

I snapped a few pictures around Lewiston/Auburn while Jen was in a meeting at the Maine Newspaper Association  meeting last weekend.

An old railroad bridge has been converted in to a nice pedestrian trail link. "Nice shot," said the lady that snuck up behind me while I was taking the picture.

An old railroad bridge has been converted in to a nice pedestrian trail link. “Nice shot,” said the lady that snuck up behind me while I was taking the picture.

Lewiston/Auburn is known as the “Twin Cities” of Maine, or simply L/A. Together they make up the second largest metropolitan area in the state. The cities are separated by the Androscoggin River and a big, wide and rocky waterfall that looks like it would destroy any kayaker stupid enough to take a run down it.

Lewiston is the bigger city with some gigantic old brick factories that hulk over the downtown area. We stayed in Auburn at a room in the Hilton Garden Inn that smelled like a pool hall circa 1966. Someone either ignored the smoking ban or uses Marlboro tobacco as a cologne.

Anyway, I had a fantastic breakfast at Rolly’s Diner. I sat at the counter, read the newspaper and downed a short stack of blueberry pancakes drenched in real maple syrup.

Afterwards, I walked around town on a nice little trail network and took these pictures.

Enjoy.

Oh yeah, and I want to go back this winter to check out the Acme Snowshoe Club. It looked like a VFW or Legion Hall for people who like to wear tennis rackets on their feet.

Only in Maine.

This gazebo roof looks like a World War 1 helmet. A little rough but the centerpiece of a nice downtown square.

This gazebo roof looks like a World War 1 helmet. A little rough but the centerpiece of a nice downtown square.

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