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‘Amtrak Downeaster’ From Dover, N.H. To Boston, North Station: Not Bad At All, BUT Slow & Expensive!

by Anura Guruge


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We are not strangers to Amtrak. We have taken Amtrak — and even the Acela — from Boston to New York (and back, and even once from Philadelphia) many, many times. But, the ‘Downeaster’ was a mystery — a service that I had never previously considered. Plus, it is strange, it is not something that readily comes to mind because I rarely see ‘Downeaster’ trains in action.

But, this last Sunday, heading to Boston Chinatown for the Lunar New Year celebrations I decided to give the ‘Downeaster’ a spin. It came up as an option when I was Googling bus services. Yes, I normally drive to Boston. I have no problems driving to Boston, though parking can be slightly infuriating. But, I had done a lot of driving in the past month — which had included trips to Boston, Rockland (Maine) and a number of trips to the Portsmouth area. I wanted to sit back and let someone else drive.

Given that there are three of us taking the bus, either from Dover or Concord, would have been cheaper. With the 50% discount I can get as a senior the $28 return-trip fare is definitely fair. But, when you are talking of a family of 3 or 4, even if you can get 50% off on all the tickets, it is expensive. Cheaper to drive, especially on a Sunday when you can park in Boston for ~$11.

But, I wanted to go by train. We haven’t had a proper train trip in 4-years. It was time. It was relaxing. It was nice.

It was not fast. I clocked it using GPS. Was doing around 55mph. 98 minutes from Dover to North Station. In a good day I can drive from home to Downtown Boston in 90 minutes. So, faster speed definitely is not factor.

Nice scenic route. Through tons of undeveloped land. Much more scenic than taking I-93 or I-95. That was a plus.

Good trip. Enjoyed it. I will do it again — mainly just for the love of traveling by train.


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Remembrance Sunday 2019: 750,000 Red Poppies Dropped Over The Cliffs Of Dover By A WWII DC-3 ‘Dakota’.

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All images courtesy and with thanks from my favorite newspaper,
the incomparable U.K. “Daily Mail

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They were biodegradable — an paper poppies usually are. {Smile}.

Another outstanding tribute. I am so PROUD and happy. We do this with so much panache.

Wanted to share with YOU in case you hadn’t seen this. I saw this first thing this morning in the ‘Daily Mail‘.




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The Picture Of The Day (Sony a7 II) + 6 Also-Rans — July 18, 2018.

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“Taste of India”, Dover, N.H. — 25th Anniversary Special Dinner Buffet A Great Success!

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The special dinner buffet at the “Taste of India” in Dover (N.H.) to celebrate their 25th anniversary in business was a great success. Well attended, good food, wonderful buzz and lots of cheer in the air.

We got there at 7pm as planned. Joga Singh, the c0-owner, had kindly reserved a table for us. That was kind, as always. It was a good job we had made a reservation. It was packed and continued to be for the hour and twenty minutes we were there. Nice mix of people, Asian and Caucasian in equal numbers. Great testament to what the two Singh brothers have manged to wrought in their 25 years in Dover. I was thinking on the way back. It could not have been easy, especially at the start in 1991. Kudos to them all. Wonderful family.

Bravo. Congratulations & Thank YOU.

Here is to the next 50 years!


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“Taste of India”, Dover, N.H. — 25th Anniversary, Special Dinner Buffet On Wednesday, July 13, 2016.

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We most certainly like the “Taste of India” in Dover. We try and go there whenever we can though alas that is not that often. We have been to their Sunday buffet and enjoyed.

Though I do not subscribe to their Facebook page this got displayed on my Facebook ‘home’ page the other day. That was propitious, methinks. Going to try and make it if we can. It would be good and nice to celebrate this special anniversary with them.


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Bernie Sanders Will Be in Wolfeboro, NH, This Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016 — 7pm.

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“Glenn Miller Orchestra”, For “Great Waters”, Captivated Wolfeboro, NH, On July 31, 2015.

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Well, well, well. They made a believer out of me, and a few weeks away from my 62nd birthday, I, thanks to the “World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra“, suddenly find myself willing to believe that I might possibly like ‘Big Band’. Wow. That took some doing and that alone is testament to how good, compelling and even mildly titillating they were. Yes, there were ladies older than me going ‘ga ga’ like blushing teenagers over very suave band leader (and Director of Music) Nick Hilscher and I can’t even tell you the words used by one of the photographers present to describe what he thought of the female vocalist, Natalie Angst (and he expressed no angst in what he said). Though I did not get to meet them, and I really did want to, I gather there were close to 25 Word War II veterans who attended — gratis, since this performance was going to be free for any and all Word War II veterans. That alone was neat. WW II ended 70 years ago. So to be a WW II vet you have to be around 88 and older. The last WW II vet I knew personally, my very neat neighbor Milt Cram (who inspired me to buy a few shares of Apple in 2007 (pre-split) for around $3), has now been gone 8 years. Don’t think I know any others.

Growing up in Britain as I did you can’t escape Big Band and in particular Glenn Miller. But Big Band had never done much for me — until last night and the “World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra”. Yes, of course, I know all the timeless hits and like all good Brits tear up each and every time I hear “Bluebirds Over the White Cliffs of Dover” — and as somebody who used the ferries in/out of Dover on quite a regular basis, the White Cliffs are very real and poignant to me. Their rendition of the “Bluebirds” last night was UP THERE was EXQUISITE! Dare I even say it because this might be considered sacrilegious, but I like their rendition even better than Vera Lynn’s classic. I hope I am not going to be getting a letter from the Foreign Office saying that they have withdrawn my cherished British Citizenship for saying that. That could be beyond embarrassing. I would have to seek asylum (in every sense of the word) since that is the ONLY citizenship I have. But, I have to say that. I know that Vera wouldn’t mind. I wonder whether the lovely Natalie has ever heard of Vera?

It was quite the night. Kingswood Art Center was nearly packed. Some 600+ people I gather. And from what I heard they loved it. Right at the end an elderly couple, and they had to be past 70, got up and slowly and softly danced in the aisle. Wow. It was so touching. And I heard that from one of the ushers. How you could feel the audience’s connection with the music and the ‘band’. All very good. Great bunch of guys and Natalie was very sweet. The band members, despite their unmistakable talent — and the fact that they do about 300 shows a year — are very unassuming, carry their own ‘kit’ and set it up (and take it down) without any fuss or requests of assistance. Wow. I was impressed — and we did help out. It was fun.

For the ONLY time in my now 2 years of volunteering for Great Waters I took a book with me, inside my camera bag, because I thought I would end up being bored — and as a stagehand I needed to stay till the end. How wrong I was. Book never came out. The “World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra” had me captivated and if they managed to do that, those that came to see them must have had an absolute TREAT. I wonder how many people knew that it was ‘National Orgasm Day‘! And it was.





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“Taste of India”, Dover, N.H. — Lives Up To Its Many Accolades Including Recent WMUR Poll.

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That we don’t, alas, manage to get there as often as I would like, or as often as we should, does not mean that we don’t think that the “Taste of India” is a very good place to eat — decent Indian food. It is invariably a case that Dover is not a place that we typically stop for dinner or lunch.

I had put them TOP of my list of 10 Indian restaurants in New Hampshire in 2012, and there is no reason, whatsoever, as to why I would even think of changing that ranking. Overall, when you factor taste, SERVICE, price, cordiality and pleasantness of surroundings the “Taste of India” invariably has to come up trumps. A WMUR poll of Indian restaurants in NH confirmed that.

We went to the “Taste of India”, this last Sunday, Father’s Day, after we had gone to see the comedy “Jurassic World“.

It was good. Very agreeable. We ordered a fair amount of appetizers because we all like them.


They made me some very spicey Lamb Shahi Korma and we had a Saag Paneer variant with chicken biryani and Aloo Paratha. It was all good. The kids liked it. They ate a bunch. But we still had 3 containers to bring home. It was good. Got to chat with very personable Joga Singh, an ex-math teacher, now the co-owner (with his brother) and Manager. It was very nice. They have a buffet Wednesday nights and Sunday afternoons. We definitely plan to go. So should YOU.


Dover, N.H., Greek Fest 2014 At The ‘Hellenic Center’ — Saturday, August 30, 2104.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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This year we didn’t get there till, nearly 8:30 pm. As soon as we got there the priest (Proistamenos) of the (beautiful) Dover ‘Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church’approached me, as he had also done last year, and thanked me for my post for this year’s (‘lovely’) post. That was nice. He is a very nice person. I like him. We also got to see Siroun Braun, Teischan’s ex-piano teacher — and Teischan got to help her with the raffle. That was nice. Teischan enjoyed that.

They were out of lamb. That is OK. The live music was good. I got to take some pictures of a  bouzouki which I always enjoy photographing and listening to as well. I guess I took too many pictures! They did not like it. Well, I kind of got the veiled message too. They don’t want my type at their function taking pictures. No problem. I won’t be taking any pictures next year because I will NOT be going. Simple as that. But, here are some of the pictures that I did take.


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Dover, N.H., Greek Fest 2014 At The ‘Hellenic Center’, Labor Day Weekend, August 29 – 30. Go. Go. GO!

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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We went last year and had a blast.

Great people, mouthwatering lamb, punchy music and wonderful atmosphere.

IF at all possible we will go this year too.

But, now that I know the drill we are going to go during the night.

Yep, I want to PARTY with these Greeks.

My kind of folks. Acidic red wine, greasy lamb and strings a strumming.

I will be up there dancing.

See you there.

Do not miss.

Go. Go. GO!

Teischan’s ex-music teacher Siroun Roubian-Braun is involved with this event.