Nantucket Video PostCard-Poets, Whales and Celebrities


Nantucket Video PostCard-Poets, Whales and Celebrities


(Please watch the 1-minute, sound-rich Nantucket Travel Video PostCard at the end of this post)

Nantucket Island is one of those places where the images linger long after the visit.

This small island, approximately 12 miles long and maybe 5 miles wide, was once the third largest city in Massachusetts, only Salem and Boston were larger.

And in its time Nantucket was the whaling capital of the world.

Where would all the coffee-lovers be without their Starbucks Cafe Latte?

There probably wouldn’t be a Starbucks without Herman Melville’s epic novel about the great white whale, Moby-Dick.

The book was based on the Nantucket whaling ship, The Essex, which was rammed by a huge whale off the coast of South America in 1820.

But, the Moby-Dick character, Starbuck, and the mad captain, Ahab, are from Nantucket, and in a twist of historic irony, the island nearly completely burned down in the “Great Fire” of 1846…fueled by whale oil.

The 82 miles of pristine beaches (counting all the inlets and coves) are a magnet for celebrities and CEO’s.

Unofficially, the list of “stars” who have houses on Nantucket or come to stay, include the CEO of Google (Eric Schmidt); Tommy Hilfiger; Bill Clinton; Laura Bush; Bill Gates; Bill Belicheck; Sharon Stone, and many others.

But Nantucket also belongs to poets and those seeking the solitude of the sea.

Perhaps the American poet, William Carlos Williams, got it most right in his poem,

Nantucket

Flowers through the window
lavender and yellow

Changed by white curtains –
Smell of cleanliness –

Sunshine of late afternoon –
On the glass tray

A glass pitcher, the tumbler
turned down, by which

a key is lying – And the
immaculate white bed

Travel Video PostCard

Advertisements

About New Media Travel

New Media Travel (NMT) produces sound-rich, 1 minute Travel Video PostCards transporting visitors instantly to a destination; timely travel blogs on travel trends posted to major web sites like Travel Weekly, Technorati, familytravelforum.com, and Audio PostCards. NMT provides Social Media services like Foursquare lead generation, etc Kaleel.tvp@gmail.com
This entry was posted in Adventure Travel, Airlines, Destinations, Romantic Travel, Travel Tips, United States Travel and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s