I'd never been to Baltimore and wasn't sure what to expect, but it was delightful! So full of history, cool people, and, of course, charm.
Here's the view from our hotel room.
We stayed on the waterfront and there were so many neat places within walking distance. Fell's Point was my favorite. I loved the historic buildings and rustic taverns.
We ate good while we were there! So much fresh fish...
And, of course, Maryland crab!
As a book nerd, I had to stop at a few famous literary-inspired sites.
Strolling down Shakespeare Street
The James Joyce Irish Pub and Restaurant
(BEST Irish coffee!)
Unfortunately, the Edgar Allen Poe house was closed when we got there,
but I did get to pay my respects at his memorial.
And speaking of books, I just loved this sign outside Barnes and Noble.
We had so much fun site-seeing that I almost forgot I had come to Baltimore on business! Here I am, about to give a presentation on a book that is very dear to my heart. I worked as a research assistant to the Caribbean scholar and novelist O.R. Dathorne until his passing in 2007. It was a great honor to pay tribute to such an amazing man.
Baltimore was full of surprises. This seagull perched on his log reminded me of a statue my grandparents used to have in the front of their house.
By accident, we stumbled upon Camden Yards, where the Baltimore Orioles play.
I didn't know Babe Ruth was originally from Baltimore until I saw this statue.
And I just loved this fleet of floating dragons...so random! Haha.
From the historic ships...
This is actually the last floating ship that saw action in Pearl Harbor (1941).
To the city lights...
I have come to love Baltimore!