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sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sat, 30th May '09 4:17 AM

BALTIMORE

Will be going in July for a couple of weeks, staying with friends. Embarrassed to say, I've never been to D.C. Really looking forward to the trip. Does anyone out there have any "must see's" for the area?

smokydevil
Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Sat, 30th May '09 4:33 AM

In case this floats to the bottom of the pile without any responses, you might try and PM Kaufman, I believe he is in Maryland.

collioure
Collioure  (Level: 104.8 - Posts: 9952)
Sat, 30th May '09 5:02 AM

Camden Yards is a great ball park, the first of the throwback style.

Inner Harbor and Harborplace, Natl Aquarium

B & O RR, Babe Ruth, Edgar Allen Poe museums

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sat, 30th May '09 5:02 AM

Thanks, I'll try that!

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sat, 30th May '09 5:55 AM

Great ideas Col!

kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 256.8 - Posts: 3936)
Sat, 30th May '09 7:05 AM

All good. And of course Ft. McHenry. Baltimore's got a nice science museum too in the harbor area. For your gustatory pleasures, their Little Italy neighborhood, the seafood, and their Greektown (not as famous as Detroit's, but quite good; we enjoy a place called Acropolis) are worth a visit. I'm sure you can find many of the city's well-known film sites -- Diner, Homicide, the John Waters films, etc. The city's row house architecture is fun to see, and Johns Hopkins for your intellectual side. If you're into things more wet, I'm sure you can find a boat trip out into the bay.

Not far from town, Washington and Philadelphia are easy train rides away, And if you have a car rental, you're a fairly short distance from such places as Harpers Ferry, Annapolis and Pennsylvania Dutch Country.

Those are off the top of my head. I'll try to root around for more.

==Ken

collioure
Collioure  (Level: 104.8 - Posts: 9952)
Sat, 30th May '09 7:07 AM

Local dialect

"Baw-lam-err"

(largest city in Maryland)

I really loved the ball park, but that style has been copied elsewhere - the Jake in Cleveland and others I imagine now. It kind of marked an end to the construction of these cookie cutter, modern symmetric stadiums such as the colorless monstrosity on the south side of Chicago built by the state of Illinois to keep the White Sox in place.

tuzilla
Tuzilla  (Level: 133.9 - Posts: 3777)
Sat, 30th May '09 11:12 AM

Yes, the resident charter bus driver has been there.

Prepare for gridlock traffic at rush hours. They have the most messed up, out of sync traffic flow plan of any city I have been in, with the exception of Atlanta. I would rather drive out of DC or NYC at rush hour instead of downtown Baltimore. Plan around it.

Must see. Ft. McHenry (where F. S. Key was inspired to write the Star Spangled Banner), National Aquarium, Science center and art museum (all 3 inner harbor area. The Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum. The 3-story Barnes & Nobles/Hard Rock Cafe built from the old power plant. U.S.S. Constellation. Really, the whole inner harbor area is full of fun stuff.

If you are a baseball fan, then the ball park is a nice visit. They have a nice Baltimore sports museum

The light train between D.C. and Baltimore is a great value and much faster than driving. The station is across the street from Camden Fields (Orioles Stadium).



kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 256.8 - Posts: 3936)
Sat, 30th May '09 11:27 AM

Also the gravesite of Poe is worth catching. One more trip if you have a car: The nearby suburb of Ellicott City has a charming downtown with plenty to do.

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Sat, 30th May '09 11:37 AM

Drive up East Baltimore Street to Patterson Park and say hello to all the white marble steps I scrubbed for 25 cents a house when I was a kid. I think I must've done every set from Broadway to the park and then some. Hard work but better than babysitting. Paid for many a Christmas present and Elvis movie with those quarters!

I loved the city and still think of it as one of my home towns, but it's changed so much and there are so many things I've never seen that I'm no good to you now. Wish I was there now, it's the time of year when all the corner crab shacks are wafting delicious smells through every neighborhood. We used to buy a whole bushel for a few dollars, spread newspapers on the kitchen table and crack and eat crabs until our fingertips were shredded and sore for days. When you smelled the crab shacks you knew it was spring. Nice memories.

Looking forward to hearing all about your trip!

lodi
Lodi  (Level: 98.7 - Posts: 2144)
Sat, 30th May '09 11:47 AM

GOOD MORNING BALLLLLTIIIMMOOOOORRRREE!

Never been, just felt like throwing in a little Hairspray.

tuzilla
Tuzilla  (Level: 133.9 - Posts: 3777)
Sat, 30th May '09 12:43 PM

What's New In Baltimore? -- Frank Zappa (his birthplace)

collioure
Collioure  (Level: 104.8 - Posts: 9952)
Sat, 30th May '09 2:41 PM

Oh, yeah, crabs, my favorite food!!

But why would anyone pay to see an Elvis move ???????

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sat, 30th May '09 3:11 PM

Baseball, Edgar Allen Poe, Zappa, light rail, Greek food, and crab for days. Maybe I'll just skip D.C.
Thanks for all the suggestions. Will look over them more carefully as the trip approaches. We'll have a car available, so anything goes. I'm seriously excited. Haven't had a vacation for more than a year!

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Sat, 30th May '09 3:11 PM

Because I was 12, I had a horrible abusive life, and it was my only escape. Okay?

collioure
Collioure  (Level: 104.8 - Posts: 9952)
Sat, 30th May '09 3:19 PM

I was just joking, Donna.

Lots of teenage girls had a crush on Elvis.

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Sat, 30th May '09 3:25 PM

Yes, I've heard he was very popular with that demographic.

m48ortal
M48ortal  (Level: 251.3 - Posts: 3742)
Sat, 30th May '09 3:53 PM

Use the Sploofus search to see if anyone has a DC trivia quiz. My personal favorites are the memorials at the National Mall. When you stand in front of the statue of Lincoln, look at his unsymmetry (?). His right side represents Lincoln the peaceful man - the hand is open and the leg is extended; the mouth has a hint of a smile; the eye almost has a twinkle. Now look at the left side. The hand is a fist; the leg forms a right angle; the face is stern. This is Lincoln the war-time leader - showing the stress of holding the country together. Legend has it that the sculptor had a deafmute daughter, so he carved the hand in the ASL "A" and "L," but I don't know ASL. Another rumor says that if you move around to Lincoln's right side, the back of his hair form a silhouette of a face. I asked a tour guide once whose face it was (I had heard Jefferson Davis or John Wilkes Booth or Robert E. Lee). She said, "Since the sculptor didn't 'intend' for it to be there, officially there is no face." So I said, "OK. Off the record, who is it?" and she replied, "Why, it's Robert E. Lee! If the back wall weren't there, you could see that he's looking wistfully across the river to Arlington, his family home."

Also, the Lincoln Memorial is the only building in DC that was hit by military gunfire in WW II, and we did it.

Don't bother waiting in line to go up in the Washington Monument unless you can be there when the line starts. Your best option is to go to the Old Post Office, and go up in its bell tower. The line is shorter and the view is almost as good, and they have food courts in the basement.

I don't live in DC, but I used to chaperon class trips each year. I've been about 8 times, but I'd love to spend a year there so I could do all the sites properly. Maybe catch on with a tour company to pay for my stay.

m48ortal
M48ortal  (Level: 251.3 - Posts: 3742)
Sat, 30th May '09 4:00 PM

Here's a link to the Lincoln Memorial: http://www.yeodoug.com/resources/dc_french/lincoln_memorial/dcfrench_lincoln_memorial.html

Also see the National Cathedral. I love the grotesques. The whole thing is very inspiring.

The war memorials always make me appreciate the sacrifice our veterans have given. There's a story behind every monument. But don't believe the legend about the number of legs in the air on a horse statue; It's seldom accurate.

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sat, 30th May '09 4:13 PM

Fascinating, thanks 48!

collioure
Collioure  (Level: 104.8 - Posts: 9952)
Sat, 30th May '09 4:21 PM

And continues to make cameo appearances at Burger King.

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Sat, 30th May '09 5:11 PM

I go there for the sausage croissandwiches, no matter what you've heard.

collioure
Collioure  (Level: 104.8 - Posts: 9952)
Sat, 30th May '09 5:29 PM

I'll have to stop in in July. Didn't know they had traded up to yuppy food.

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Sat, 30th May '09 5:42 PM

There you go again with the labeling.

There's nothing yuppy about a sausage croissandwich, man, it's a tasty fatty drive-thru breakfast that goes well with the Sunday papers and Meet the Press, now that we can't afford Sunday Brunch very often anymore.

collioure
Collioure  (Level: 104.8 - Posts: 9952)
Sat, 30th May '09 5:49 PM

Sounds pretty good to me!

tuzilla
Tuzilla  (Level: 133.9 - Posts: 3777)
Sat, 30th May '09 6:07 PM

I just got back from another week in DC. Trust me, it will take many trips to see all there is to see.

Kaufman, Allena and and I could probably come up with a list of to sees and do that would take all summer.

TAKE COMFORTABLE WALKING SHOES!!!!!

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sat, 30th May '09 6:30 PM

YES SIR!!

m48ortal
M48ortal  (Level: 251.3 - Posts: 3742)
Sat, 30th May '09 11:15 PM

And July is icky-humid on the coast.

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sat, 30th May '09 11:18 PM

I live in Indiana, it can't be that much worse!

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Tue, 2nd Jun '09 7:02 AM

Want to thank everyone for their excellent ideas. I've printed out the thread. Can't wait!


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