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Salem certainly works at being tourist friendly. The long pedestrian
walkway and shops appear well designed. There is a dynamic tension
between the town's considerable maritime heritage, fine architecture and
the inescapably creepy attraction of the occult that hangs over it all.
Our March visit found many shops closed, but here we are inside a great
spot called "2 Dogs Working". Sure enough, there were 2 dogs working the
crowd. These are a bunch of little sculptures in the window looking
toward the mall. No significance. Just cute.
There's nothing tacky about the incredible Peabody-Essex Museum, the
highlight of any trip to this city and worth returning to often. Many
great artifacts from Portsmouth, NH maritime history -- figureheads,
documents, ship models -- have found their way to this well-endowed
museum. Nothing up our way can hold a candle to it. But we keep trying.
The tall ship Friendship was under wraps at the National Park Service
site on the Salem Harbor. The ranger-led tour of three historic
buildings, including America's oldest wharves, warehouses and the Custom
House (shown here) is a mere $3. Your tax dollars at work. A very
nicely run operation, but what about the witches?
This, believe it or not, was a window display in a restaurant. We did
not bother to check the menu. It was closed for the season anyway. The
editor's personal favorite site this time was the Magic Parlor with more
jokes, magic tricks and a superb collection of gory masks. But, of
course, there was one more spooky shrine we had to visit...
Photos and text by J. Dennis Robinson
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