Hi Friends! Today I am going to take you on a little Baltimore tour, sounds like fun?
So, I lived in Maryland for a little bit back in 2010 for a few months. I was an Au Pair and if I had to choose a "home" in this country, Baltimore would be it! In 2016 Kyle and I decided to take a long road trip to NY and B-more to visit friends and family. It was really nice to be back, and like, CRAB. I love and long for crab, crab balls, crab cakes, crab sandwiches, I love crab, especially when I don't have to break the whole thing apart myself for a tiny bit of reward, which is how we tend to eat them in Brazil.
So, if you ever end up in this part of the country (and you should totally do!) there are a few spots that you should hit. The first one being the Inner Harbor! This is such a fun spot with so much to do! Well, first there's water, and if you're like me, water gives you the freedom you long when you're landlocked, even though it's not the beach, I just love being near the ocean. So, at the Inner Harbor there are a ton of things you can do, there are pirate ship cruises, historic ships docked right there where actors are ready and eager to tell you the story behind their ship.
Something you cannot miss is the National Aquarium which unfortunately, I never had a chance to go to! The intricate building design is an eye-catcher for sure. But wait, there's more! There are tons of stores, restaurants, bars, the Orioles and Ravens stadiums right downtown and I'd love to explore the top of the world observation tower next time! If you're lucky, you will stop by one a day where they have FREE books! There is a project called “The Book Thing” where they try to give unwanted books to those who want them! I was and scored an Agatha Christie’s copy of Double Sin and Other Stories.
You can also rent paddle boats in the harbor, but my favorite way to get around is by water taxi. I took Kyle to see Fort McHenry, where The Star-Spangled Banner was inspired by! There is a LOT of history in Baltimore, and if you're military, there are a lot of discounts too so, be sure to ask around!
"The War of 1812
On June 18, 1812, the United States declared war on England, in part to "preserve Free Trade & Sailor's Rights." In August 1814, British forces marched on Washington, defeated U.S. forces, and burned the Capitol. Then, on September 13-14, the British attacked Fort McHenry. The failure of the bombardment and sight of the American flag inspired Francis Scott Key to compose "The Star-Spangled Banner." - See more at https://www.nps.gov/fomc/learn/historyculture/history-of-fort-mchenry.htm"
Another spot to explore by water taxi is Fell’s Point " “The neighborhood's visage has remained largely unchanged since its founding and attracts many visitors. Explore the 18th- and 19th-century homes and storefronts – most were once one of the "three B's": boarding houses, brothels and bars. Chesapeake Bay cuisine is at its best here too, whether you crave oysters on the half shell at a local pub, or fresh seafood at an upscale restaurant. “ - https://baltimore.org/neighborhoods-maps-transportation/fells-point"
Whatever you choose to do, be sure to eat some crab cakes! Crab cakes are the best in Maryland!
Old ship and Free books
Baltimore Visitor Center and Barnes & Noble / Hard Rock Cafe
View from the Water Taxi leaving Inner Harbor
Kyle doing whatever I told him to do, and dragon paddle boat rentals on the back
Fell's Point and Fife and Drum Players
Historic Fell's Point
View from Fort McHenry