Monday, August 11, 2008

Provincetown, MA

I spent the past week in beautiful Provincetown, MA. P-town is at the very tip of Cape Cod and had been settled as an art colony from its earliest days. The skyline of the small, quaint town is dominated by the Pilgrim Monument which I climbed up this year to take in the view, which I highly recommend! It was built from 1907-1910 to commemorate this town as the location in which the pilgrims first arrived (we're talking about the Mayflower in 1620 here, people). Roosevelt laid the cornerstone and Taft dedicated the tower once it was complete -big time! While the Pilgrims didn't settle here initially, it was known as a location for great fishing and is still known for its seafood (YUMMY). The tower was designed by a Willard Sears and was directly modeled after the Torre del Mangia in Siena, Italy and is 252 feet tall ( a lot of stairs and ramps!). looking up and down the interiorview from the top, you can see one of the 'gargoyle's' here
this is the town and the dunes and beach that make up the tip of cape cod
This is a view of the town the other direction 'south' down the cape.
The style tower seems extremely randomly placed, especially as it's built entirely out of solid granite blocks in an entirely wood and shingle town, but it is definitely distinctive. The tower is beautifully lit at night and we had the best view of it from the condo we stayed in. These are some of the pictures I took, I hope you enjoy them!
Each year I go I see magnificent rainbows -this one was a double!


Loda said...

I love the rainbow and sailboat photo! Welcome back to DC

Pigtown-Design said...

Looks like a fun trip!

Cote de Texas said...

Looks beautiful!!! I would love to visit there now, thanks!!!