BALTIMORE’S BEST

What a beautiful city! I’m totally impartial to cities on the water though…

Of course the famous ship that is docked on the harbor and has been for AGES was not. The USS Constellation had been hauled out to dry dock to repair its hull. So sad to miss it – it’s like an icon for the harbor. Oh well, at least they didn’t move Edgar Allan Poe’s gravesite…or did they?? There are two of them…

And the cemetery Poe is buried in has this strange slab of marble that is featured in Ripley’s Believe It or Not.  Apparently an unforeseen force has caused it to uncharacteristically warp in the middle…spooky.

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I loved walking around the Fell’s Point community because of its relaxed vibe and local shops dotted with various places to wine and dine. Apparently the show, The Wire was filmed right there at a large building on the waterfront. Never seen the show myself but heard it was good. Before heading back toward the city we enjoyed some delightful soft pretzels and lemonade from this cute little stand – couldn’t have asked for a better treat!

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We spent some time in the amazing Barnes and Noble, which is housed in a converted steam plant. How cool is this building?!  And yes, that is a guitar at the top.  Because it is also a Hard Rock Café.  Seriously in love with this building.  The inside is amazing too.

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Along the waterfront we moseyed, checking things out as we went. There’s a national aquarium that was calling my name, but my wallet would have none of that. I love looking at and learning about all the fish (not the mammals – they need more space) but they sure do charge a lot.

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This awesome snail-like contraption filters litter from the water before it reaches the ocean,  and is run on hydro and solar power.  It’s very cool but shame it has to do it in the first place. DON’T POLLUTE!

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On our way back to the car we had a look at the 9/11 Memorial, which was comprised of pieces of the towers, one that looked like it had just been crumpled up like a ball of rejected paper. Hard to fathom the amount of force required to do damage like that.  As you can see, the memorial is  very tastefully done yet extremely emotionally charged.  It includes the names of the Maryland residents who lost their lives that day.

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I hope these photos can convey to you how cool Baltimore is.  I definitely can’t wait to go back with more time than just a day to explore.  Here’s a couple more scenes from our day:

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