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About oldmainetravelers

The Old Maine Travelers are Peter and Jean Richards, who met more than a half century ago covering President John F. Kennedy on what would become his last trip to Boston.  They worked for many years as wire service and newspaper reporters and editors.  Peter did a nightly television show on WGBH, Boston, before he went into government in the administration of John V. Lindsay, mayor of New York City. After they moved to their brownstone in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, Jean did a spell on Madison Avenue in the real “Mad Men” days and later became public relations officer at Chase Manhattan Bank.  Since 1973 they have worked together first as owners and publishers of a group of award-winning newspapers in Dutchess County, N.Y., and then as antiques dealers.  Now they are old and live on the coast of Maine and in the Southwest of France when not traveling further afield. In the red barn by their house in Damariscotta, Maine, they tend an antique shop specializing in 18th and 19th century furniture, metalwork and accessories, buying objects they know about and like and selling them from May to October to delightful people of obvious discernment and taste. In France, they live in an old stone house in the shadows of the remaining towers of an unfinished 17th century church and above Roman drains in a town along a pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostella. They love it — for its authenticity and abundant boulangeries.  The rest of the time they travel the world together seeing the sights, seeking out museums, stumbling into interesting conversations, savoring local specialties and otherwise bumbling along in their own style. For years they have sent article-length postcards to family, friends, fellow travelers and some media. Many of these will now be posted here.

Five Enchanted Days in Hangzhou

by Jean and Peter Richards Hangzhou, southwest of Shanghai, is the most beautiful place we have seen in China. Guides often give the area a half day; we spent five and could have filled more enjoying its magnificent lake, tasty … Continue reading

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Vienna: a Surfeit of Satisfactions

  By Jean and Peter Richards Vienna is what cities once aspired to be – an elegant center of sophistication, civilized living, comfort and taste. It is also a bit of a stage set. Three weeks in late winter wasn’t … Continue reading

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Bratislava: an easy day trip from Vienna

By Jean and Peter Richards Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, is a popular day trip from Vienna. The one hour 10 minute boat cruise was relaxing, comfortable and boring. The waters were calm, the sun shone and there was little … Continue reading

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A Confusion of Fusion…

One lesson we have learned in many years of traveling in France is that the French seem baffled by and unable to reproduce any cuisine foreign to their land. They even have problems with French cuisine, but that is a … Continue reading

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Photo Exhibit Exposes the Soul of Hong Kong

by Jean and Peter Richards The soul of Hong Kong can still be found in the little shops wedged beneath and beside its soaring skyscrapers. Simon Go has captured that soul in a photographic exhibit titled “Gold Painted Signs – … Continue reading

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Spring Ahead to the Slow Lane in Italy’s Po Valley and Lake District

  By Jean and Peter Richards A short driving trip meant to fill time and gaps in our travels in Italy turned into three memorable weeks along the Po Valley and into The Lake District just as it awakened in … Continue reading

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Hemingway came to Cuneo to buy candy — we followed and found a lot more

  by Peter & Jean Richards Cuneo was a big surprise. More to Jean, who asked, “Why do you want to go to a dumpy little town like Cuneo?” After two eye-opening and enjoyable weeks in northern Italy, including Modena, … Continue reading

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