Salem/Costume Con, travel + Day 1

In March, Gloria and I adventured to right outside Salem, MA for CostumeCon! She was an awesome roommate and we had a great time seeing friends and doing some sightseeing!

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At the airport:

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Meanwhile at home… I missed Elena terribly! And Doug of course. He took Elena on a trip to Pittsburgh to see his family, which was a huge challenge to do alone, but he did a great job.

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First breakfast:

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Then we headed off to Salem, to the House of Seven Gables, for a tour!

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The weather left something to be desired, but it was atmospheric.

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This house was fictionalized in Nathanial Hawthorne’s book of the same name. He didn’t live here, but the house (the Turner-Ingersoll Mansion) beloved to his cousin and ancestors.

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A model of the house (and the gables added on) in the attic.

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This portrait of Hawthorne is a replica, though we saw the real one in the museum later-on.

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Hawthorne’s birth place. It was not originally here, but later moved here.

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Hawthorne’s writing desk:

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A chest of drawers owned by Hawthorne, where he kept his manuscript of The Scarlet Letter.

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In the gift shop:

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Meanwhile at home:

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After this, we headed to Kokeshi, a noodle place to meet my friend Hannah, who was one of our artists for the JWST art event and exhibit! Sarah (a costume friend I haven’t seen in ages and who is local) also joined us for lunch!

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This ramen was amazing.

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After lunch, Gloria and I headed to the Peabody Essex Museum.

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There’s the real Hawthorne portrait!

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Next we headed to Kakawa for drinking chocolate and a sit-down break.

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We walked past the famous Bewitched statue!

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Meanwhile at home:

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We headed to the Witch House for a tour. I’d driven past it before, but not gone in. This house belonged to one of the judges that presided over the witch trials. It was moved slightly to make room for a road.

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Awww

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After that we headed to the hotel to get ready for the CostumeCon social!

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Categories: Costumes, Salem