It’s surprising how much of memory is built around things unnoticed at the time. ~ Barbara Kingsolver
Things have really changed in Baltimore from the days of my childhood in the 1950s and 1960s.
This past weekend I spent time visiting tourist sites in and around the Harbor Place and in other sections of Baltimore where monuments and museums I remember from my childhood, still stand. Now dubbed “CharmCity,” Baltimore has made the most of attracting tourists from all over the world to their port.
As my sister and I walked the city this weekend, so many fulfilling memories came flooding back. I was reminded of the fact that writers Edgar Allen Poe, H.L. Mencken, musician James “Eubie Blake,” and singer Billy Holiday called Baltimore their home. And of course, Francis Scott Key wrote The Star Spangled in this city filled with art, culture and one of the top medical institutions in the country, Johns Hopkins.
Today, join me on my tour of the BaltimoreHarbor. It is always fun to return to this city and see the various phases of development that have come to sections of the city since my growing up in the suburbs of Towson, Maryland.
Pyramid Structure in Distance is the Aquarium http://www.aqua.org/
Maryland Science Center http://www.mdsci.org/
Spirit of Baltimorehttp://www.spiritcruisesbaltimore.com/
Frozen Custard, piled high, on the cone always brings fulfillment!
Historic Ship – USS Constitution moored in the Baltimore Harbor http://bit.ly/13WUHQA
Above Image:Barnes & Noble in the Power Plant – awesome store, multi-storied
Below: Interior of Barnes & Noble – books and more
Performing Arts Center on the Harbor
Portable Beer cart – Taps are musical instruments
Street Performer on a Unicycle
Beach Volleyball in the Center of the City, Amid the High rise office buildings
Of course- a trip to “Bawlmer” isn’t complete without mention of the Marylander’s beloved “Oreos” (Orioles baseball team)
or “goin’ downy o-shun” (going down the ocean), Ocean City, of course. Marylanders favorite vacation spot.
Do return to All Things Fulfilling tomorrow, as I bike over to a place of personal fulfillment that I loved to go as a teen on rainy afternoons – The Walter’s Art Gallery. The architecture of the building is as spectacular as the permanent collections of art. The light filled spaces illuminate the art exquisitely. We will also see the Peabody Institute, Maryland Humanities Council, Mt. Vernon Place and other iconic historic landmarks.
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