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[personal profile] zulu asks: best vacation/break you ever had?

That would have to be our honeymoon!

This was in 1989, so pre-internet. The spouse, who is comically inept at organization most of the time, somehow managed to put together this lovely tour of multiple bed-and-breakfast type places in multiple towns up and down through New England. It was mid-October, and the leaves were falling. We went to 18th-century graveyards in Boston, rented bicycles on Nantucket, visited the official shop of the official witch of Salem. Once it rained all day, and we stayed in the library of the inn we were staying at and read books, and the inn's two standard poodles (I still remember that one of them was named Lili Marlene) kept us very dignified company while wearing matching sweaters.

The one thing that we hadn't planned on was needing to spend one night on the road between New England and central Illinois. I was doing all the driving because we were in my car and the spouse couldn't drive stick yet, and when I hit the point of total driver's exhaustion, we stopped at a place called the Stardust Motor Inn near Schenectady, New York, which was the worst kind of no-name motel imaginable. The woman who checked us in was wearing green face makeup, and we had been out of touch for so long that it was only when we were in the room that we figured out that this was because it was Halloween.

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