"Mystic is mystical," I told my mother the first time I visited her there in her new home. And it's true. I want to show you some favorite places.
The brand new bridge house for the Mystic drawbridge.
The giant gear that helps to lift the entire roadbed.
The facade of a fabulous store, The Emporium. It's in an 1800s building and has the original wide-plank floors, which are worn by all the human footsteps on them. Inside is just about everything under the sun. In the basement is the children's department, including a huge display of seashells. I delighted my children's hearts with five exotic shells for five dollars, when they were little.
The Emporium's building is for sale, which worries me.
Probably my favorite all-time bookshop. You can see Mystic's historic commercial buildings in the reflection.
Inside the bookstore, a poster of the doors of Stonington. I've posted enough pictures of Stonington doors on this blog to keep you happy for a millenium.
Another favorite place, the Green Marble coffee shop. An indy bookstore and an indy coffee shop within 50 yards of each other -- sheer bliss.
A book in a bag, a newspaper, a cappuccino -- can you tell these are the things that make me intensely happy?
Look at all the varieties of coffee beans for sale. Starbucks doesn't do this any more -- your choice is dark or light. Tell me, where is your favorite indy coffee shop or bookstore?