Finally drawing to a close with these travel posts, having only one or two more after this one, I couldn’t fail to include Salem being a place of historical interest.
Hopping on a ferry on yet another glorious day (complete with furious sea breeze) was a fine idea that we collectively made, even if I do say so myself, which I just did.
Whilst leaving Boston, not only did a couple of planes fly low over us on towards the airport runway but the beleaguered tour guide whose voice was blown away by the ever-present wind informed us that one of the islands was the location of the film Shutter Island which I quite enjoyed and coincidentally was on last night.
Not what I expected to greet me in Salem and resembling something from Baltimore docks, it nevertheless provided an intriguing beginning to the town which has a good bar call In a Pig’s Eye which is interestingly a phrase meaning disbelief (of a statement) and some pretty grim artwork.
The Salem Witch Museum is worth a visit to get a short history of the trials and the reason they came about, yet for such a serious subject it was a shame that some of it was so unintentionally comedic. After such a chronicle of tragedy, it seemed tasteless to have all the kid’s witchy souvenirs in the gift shop, it did take the edge off of what was a terribly wretched time but also lessened the impact of its lessons.
Wandering around The Old burying Point cemetery, this tree caught the eye for its tangled, almost tormented forms which is enough to inspire plenty of stories and helps add atmosphere to a graveyard in use since the 1630’s.
Stickwork by Sculptor Patrick Dougherty is a curious collection of structures which I am sure I saw in The X-Files once. Fun Fact 2: The witchcraft act was only repealed in Britain was only repealed in 1951.
Salem is a small place, which wasn’t explored due to the time constraints and it was a bit disappointing that nowhere did I see a sign like Salem’s (parking) Lot or some sort of other pun. It was soon time for heading back, I enjoyed my time in Salem and I got a decent amount of book read too.