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Yesterday, DH & I took a day trip to Manchester, New Hampshire. I know Manchester is not on most people's destination list, and it rarely gets mentioned here except that its airport is a great option for people who want to tour Northern New England without going through Boston Logan.

Originally, we were going to spend a weekend in NH, with Sat touring the Monadnock region, and Sunday for Manchester area. However, with threats of heavy rain and thunderstorms predicted for Saturday, we decided to take a rain check (no pun intended) on the Monadnock region.

We couldn't cancel our Manchester plan on Sunday because I had pre-purchased tickets for touring the Zimmerman House.

We left home around 8:30am and arrived at Bedford Village Inn in Bedford an hour later for breakfast. The Inn was recommended by djkbooks in another thread. It is a beautiful Inn in a pretty setting; the *ideal* place for a New England wedding! The Inn has 2 dining options: the more formal dining room (with a nice view of the gardens), and the cheaper Tavern (still nice inside, just no view). I believe they share the same kitchen.

http://www.bedfordvillageinn.com/
http://i406.photobucket.com/albums/pp146/y2000k/Manchester%20NH/IMG_5865.jpg

We picked the Tavern, where they serve breakfast on Sundays from 8-10am. When we went in, it was kind of spooky, as there was nobody there. No diners, no staff. We actually waited around for 5 minutes before I was able to flag down someone inside the kitchen. After that initial odd event, everything was great. I had the New England Scramble (farm eggs, local bacon & sausages, Vt cheddar cheese), DH had the Greek Scramble. Both came with toasts and homemade jams. We were given 3 kinds: strawberry, blueberry, and peach. Overall, it was a lovely breakfast.

Next, we drove into Manchester to the former site of the Amoskeag Mills. WOW! I had no idea about Manchester's history until now. The Amoskeag company was the largest textile manufacturer in the WORLD during the 1800s and early 1900s. An enormous complex of mills, warehouses, housing lined the Eastern bank of the Merrimack River.

Compared to the mills in Lowell (which I found impressive), the Amoskeag is at least several times larger in size. At the peak of the company, it employed 15,000 people, a good majority of the Manchester population.

Anyway, the buildings in the mill complex are now mostly offices. We visited the SEE Science Center located in one of the mill buildings. http://www.see-sciencecenter.org/ The Science Center is sort of a primitive version of a Science Museum, mostly catered to children. However, since the place was almost empty, DH & I got to "play" with many of the hands-on machines/experiments.

But the main reason to visit the Science Center, was to see its Millyard Lego Project. http://i406.photobucket.com/albums/pp146/y2000k/Manchester%20NH/IMG_5874.jpg

This is the largest permanent installation of LEGO project in the world. It is made up of 3 million LEGO blocks, depicting the entire Amoskeag complex at its height. Apart from factory buildings, the Amoskeag Co also contributed to building playgrounds and other recreational sites for its factory workers.

http://i406.photobucket.com/albums/pp146/y2000k/Manchester%20NH/IMG_5867.jpg
http://i406.photobucket.com/albums/pp146/y2000k/Manchester%20NH/IMG_5872.jpg

To be continued...

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