PORTLAND, Maine — It wasn’t the prettiest part of town. An old, wooden warehouse, in need of repairs and fresh paint, stretched the length of the wharf. Piles of bright yellow lobster traps and colorful buoys, plastic buckets and trash barrels littered the docks. It smelled fishy. “People often come here expecting a cleaned-up, Disney-like setting, and they’re a little disappointed,” Pat Bagg, our guide, said. “Yes, sometimes it can be gritty and dirty, but it’s real.”
We were walking along Portland’s historic waterfront, on our way to the Harbor Fish Market. “This place is a real treasure,” Bagg said as we entered the market. “You’ll never see such high quality and low prices anywhere else.” Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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