I solemnly swear I am up to no good. *Tap*
Welcome to a brand new feature!! The Marauders is a feature where three book blogger friends share their many exciting adventures! Whether it be sailing the Charles River, ritualistic sacrifices in Salem, scaling the face of the Old Man of the Mountain in New Hampshire, or simply visiting a local independent bookstore, it’s bound to be a blast! Our grand adventures take place along the six states that encompass the vast and wonderful New England. Join me, Marci of The Plot Bunny, and Nicole of Nicole’s Novel Reads as we bring you along on our adventures, but keep track of us, for sometimes we shed our human forms and revert to our animagus forms! (Don’t worry, we’re registered!)
Our April adventure led us to Salem, Massachusetts. Again we were graced with a beautiful sunny day, albeit windy and a bit chilly in places. This adventure starts in a place called Red’s Sandwich Shop, where we feasted on glorious breakfast foods (my favorite kind of food.)
With full and satisfied bellies, we roamed the streets of Salem, popping in and out of little shops. It wouldn’t be a Marauders trip without first visiting a bookstore, so we made our way to Wicked Good Books.
It was a small charming bookstore. Nicole and Marci had both visited the store before it supposedly redesigned the inside. They were saying how the entire store contained literal stacks of books. This was my first visit to Salem and respectively Wicked Good Books.
The Coven’s Cottage was our next stop, but unfortunately they didn’t allow camera’s inside so I am unable to show you the amazing treasures there were to behold. Quick Funny Story: As I was kissing my husband goodbye, about to set off for a day in Salem, he grabbed me by the shoulders and said, “Don’t bring home any human bones.” I smiled and said, “OK.” Then he specified further and said, “No animal bones either.” DANG IT! SO while The Coven’s Cottage was filled with dried flowers and mixed brews, I was most interested in the bones, those of which I was forbidden to purchase and bring home. There were deer mandibles, antlers, skulls, ETC! It was a cool place!
Awesome panorama by Marci
Wynott’s Wands was an amazing shop that felt like you were really stepping into Olivanders in Diagon Alley. As you enter, you’re greeted by a chirping cage, containing two beautiful birds named Bill and Fred. Around the room, you’ll see shelves and shelves of wand boxes. Some wands were out for the testing, as Marci was practicing her flick and swish techniques (pictured below).
Remember Salem is just next store and I’ll be honest, the store I was most looking forward to visiting! It’s a Harry Potter store! Flails, flails, flails!!
Remember Salem’s magnet game was strong and I bought three of them! I bought I SOLEMNLY SWEAR I AM UP TO NO GOOD, the Deatheater magnet Marci is holding, and a Slytherin crest magnet. I also bought of four pack of Flying Cauldron’s Butterscotch Beer. Nicole had brought some bottles to my house for Pottermas15 and I was hooked on my first sip. I had to get some more while in the store that carries it!
Photo by Nicole
These hauntingly beautiful pieces of art are called Stickwork by Patrick Dougherty. You can visit pem.org/stickwork to see more of Patricks works. If you’re close to Salem, I highly suggest going to visit. You can walk inside them and get a close up look at the detailed work. It’s quite amazing.
And because it’s us, we can’t just refuse a cup of tea. We strode into Jolie Tea Company and noticed that they offer tea sittings. We picked a tea, a scone, madeleine, and French macaron and sat down to enjoy the goodies. I wasn’t very adventurous with my tea selection, I went with a favorite green tea of mine, which is Japanese Sencha and it was delicious! Just what I needed.
We spent a good amount of time here, sipping our tea, enjoying our goodies, chatting and enjoying the company of our fellow Marauders. Before we left we all visited the loo, which had beautiful wallpaper! Quiz time: I’ll give you one guess as to which two zany Marauders took selfies with the wallpaper?
If you guessed, A. Pooka (Marci) and B. Scales (Elizabeth), you are correct; the two Slytherins! Funny tidbit, we took these selfies completely independently. I was the last to use the loo and when I got back to the table, I mentioned my silly selfie. Marci mentioned she took one too and we had a great laugh.
After we left Jolie Tea, we walked around Salem a bit more, popping into shops here and there. The living Marauders took a stroll among the dead, decomposing bodies of the local cemetery. We had plans to walk to the Wharf, but it was much to cold sans water, could you imagine how cold it could have been WITH WATER.
We went to a few comic shops, which I greatly enjoyed. This next photo is going to be a nod to those who have read MECHANICA by Betsy Cornwell. Look! It’s Jules!!!!!!! I found him in Harrison’s Comics and Pop Culture. If you haven’t read MECHANICA, I highly suggest you do! (You can read my full review here)
Still at Harrison’s, a few other unexplained things occurred. Us Marauders all have our animagus’, and we’re all legal, so we’re used to the others transforming into their animagus’, but it seems our friend Pooka, has a dual-animagus? She turned into a UNICORN! It could have been a misdirected jinx or she could have just been having a laugh, it is still unclear.
Also, whilst browsing movie posters and tin signs for sale, Master Yoda appeared. If you’ve been a reader of Book Yabber (or a Twitter friend) you know, I’m a HUGE Star Wars fan (and that is an understatement), so I couldn’t pass up a selfie with Yoda himself! He was generous enough to grace me with a selfie, though he did keep his lightsaber raised, as he did not trust me. Rightfully so, as I am a Sith Lord.
I had such a great time with my Marauders in Salem. Have you ever been to Salem, Massachusetts? What was your favorite thing to do there? Where do you think the Marauders will go next time? Leave your guesses/suggestions in the comments below. Thanks so much for reading and we’ll see you next time!
*Tap* Mischief Managed.