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After a recent and rough-seas boat trip from Plymouth Harbor to the extreme tip of Cape Cod, we were delivered to delightful Provincetown where we enjoyed a bright sunny day.

As you approach P-town, as it is affectionately called, you cannot help but notice The Pilgrim Monument, a two-hundred and fifty-two foot high structure, all granite, with stairs to the top and a wonderful view of the area. A museum sits at the monument’s base giving visitors the opportunity to know more of the town’s history and livlihood in the 16 – 1700’s. Built between 1907-1910, the monument is ornate in European design – graceful yet orderly in stature, it is the tallest all- granite structure in the United States.

With year round inhabitants of about 3,000, during the summer months that number increases to 60,000. The day we were there, in early September 2014, the place was hopping with joyful activity.

Referred to as Province Lands in the 1600’s, the town became Provincetown in 1727.

What I found to be charming is the acceptance of all in this quaint and beautiful haven. The Gay community is prevalent there, where people who love one another are free to do so. It is evident watching men hold hands with men, women hold hands with women – no one is behaving in a way that could be construed as offensive. It is a place where you are free to meander shops and great food establishments with very reasonable prices, mingling with people who speak foreign languages – it is a mix of us – old and young, numerous skin colors and beliefs. The place is an example of how we should live, letting others be who they are while being friendly and kind ourselves.

Go – visit a place of beauty among artists of all kinds and people who you will remember. There are tons of dogs there as well, always a good addition.

Virginia Young – southshorewriter.com Books available on Kindle, Amazon and varying bookstores.

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