A Day In Baltimore

Quiet By Nature

For a girl who has been anywhere, I was pleasantly surprised when a friend invited me to tag along on a trip to Baltimore. I laugh when I think about it. When I first received the invitation, I didn’t believe it to real. After being asked again to ensure me that the invitation was a firm one, I began considering the possibilities but still had reservations since financially I knew that I could not afford the trip. God is really better to me than I deserve – little by little things began falling into place and before the day was over, I was on my way to Baltimore, Maryland. AMAZING! Not that it was Baltimore, but that I would be going somewhere and in the process would be able to spend time with someone that I simply adore. I didn’t have time to think it all through – as soon as I knew that I would be going; I hurried home, packed a small bag (a pairs of pants, a shirt, a skirt and blouse, sleeping attire, swim suit, pair of sandals, pair of tennis shoes, and toiletries). I should have thought this through a bit more, but again, I have never been anywhere other than to visit family (back home). My excitement level was out the roof. I made arrangements with family to take me to the airport and was surprised when I arrived to find that I would be flying, first class.

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My First Class Seat

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Warm Mixed Nuts Snack on the Way to Baltiimore
Warm Mixed Nuts Snack on the Way to Baltimore

God has blessed me to know some beautiful and giving people but I never imagined a summer tour (on a whim- no less). I arrived at BWI Airport, late but was able to see so much on my way to the hotel. The cab driver was gracious enough to tell me a little about Baltimore after asking if I had been there before. As I arrived at the hotel my friend was awaiting my arrival in the Lobby.  I veered out the window of the cab and caught a glimpse of his face; the thing that I do naturally, every time that I get to see him, is to smile. I am sure that it was ear-to-ear. The taxi driver was still speaking to me, but it was as if he were speaking a different language. I had accidentally tuned him out as I noticed my friend opening the door to allow me to exit the vehicle. I was beyond excited could have jumped all over him but it was all that I could do to contain myself.

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Royal Sonesta Court

Nice Hotel Near the Harbor

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It was difficult for me to sleep – my heart was beating fast and I wanted to talk about all the sites that I had seen on the way, but

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I am sure since he is used to flying and traveling all the time – it may not have been as joyful to him. Somehow or another I finally drifted off and when I awoke on the next day, I realized that I had a lot of ground to cover in a short time. Technically although I had arrived yesterday – I would be leaving the next morning and would need to make the best of everything I would take in today. Needless to say it didn’t turn out as I had hoped as my thought was to take the bus Penn station and spend a few hours in D.C.; I would then come back to visit the Harbor. My friend on his way out for business, left spending money and had even given me ideas of things to do.

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As I entered the free Charm City Circulator (free bus), I asked the driver about getting to DC and of course, he began asking if I had seen the Harbor yet. I mentioned that I would be doing that later in the afternoon. He encouraged me that I might want to view the Harbor 1st and then D.C. I should have stuck with my own plan but I found myself exiting the bus and heading over to the harbor. Now as mentioned I was giving spending money but it never dawned on me to take a cab to Penn station. I don’t take cabs where I am from and have never traveled so it never even crossed my mind. When I met with my friend later that evening and he asked about it, I think that I was too embarrassed to say that I just didn’t think about it. The trip would have been so much more effective and fun had I done that. I, however, ended up walking over 10 miles of the Harbor and the streets of Baltimore – visiting museums and various sites. I took a few water tours and ended up in places that would not allow me to take pictures but in all I did well by myself – for the first time. Here a few places that I was able to see and take a quick snap shot of. I do want to add – that I know that I fit the description of a tourist on every level. There were some nice people in Baltimore as there were a few who walked, talked and even provided important information about the city. There was one man who had the day off who decided to walk with me for a little over an hour. The temperature was a smooth 79° and overcast when I began my tour and no humidity in site. As I moved through the day, I totally forgot to have breakfast and lunch – I wanted to see and do everything and ended up losing track of time and never made it back to the Charm City Bus so that I could take my tour of D.C. I missed my opportunity – which kind of makes me a little sad, but I refuse to have regrets about the trip.

Bubba Gumps Baltimore

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Ripley’s Believe It or Not

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Michael Jackson Impersonator (Full Concert on the Harbor)

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City Hall

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Phoenix Shot Tower – Shot for rifles was made in the “Shot Tower.” Hot lead was dropped from the top of the tower into a tub of water at the bottom. The lead droplets,  formed into perfect bubbles, cooled and hardened as they fell into the cooling tub of water  below.

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Farmer’s Market

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The Harbor

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The Trade Center (The City View from 27th Floor)

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Reginald F Lewis Museum

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Statue: Frederick Douglas

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Took a Quick Water Taxi Tour (Outside the Harbor)

 

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Returned to my room to enjoy a nice hot shower, and then to the 7th floor to chill in the salt water pool.

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That evening I met up with my friend and we had dinner at the Blue Agave (Mexican). Baltimore Restaurant week was going on in the city but we did not participate.  I was not that hungry.

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I would need to be up by 4 am to catch a taxi to the aiport the next morning. Before heading off to bed to dream about the day, I was able to chit chat with my friend for a brief minute.  I would have enjoyed the day so much more had I been able to spend time with with him, but duty calls and I believe in the long run the journey happened just as it was supposed to.  No regrets.  I had planned to try crab cakes, see Washington DC, and a handful of other things, but my day was full.  Never in a million years would I have thought that I would have a free trip to Baltimore to see everything that I could possibly see in one day.  WOW FUN! I am totally grateful and exhausted.

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