If you take a look at the upper right side of the blog you will see a few of the places we have been to. Yes, just a few of the many places because I didn't start blogging about them back then. I had the blog but I wanted to keep my personal life separate and in doing that not only was no one interested in reading the blog but I also missed the opportunity to share my experience and now the details are all fuzzy. Never again.
Coming back to the road trip, first stop Baltimore or the so called charm city.. which if I must be honest I found lacking. Our day and a half spent there was and is forgettable. There was only one shinning moment and I'll have to save that for the end. We started with lunch at the supposedly awesome Chap's Beef Pit just outside of Baltimore. Food Network's Guy Fieri raved about it on his show... so disappointing..and the lines so long.. I urge you to not eat there.. ever. M's wasn't that bad.. but do you really want to stand in a long line and eat an over priced sandwich that wasn't that bad?
Toddler in tow our activities do take a change but only slightly.. we have never been a bar hopping, late night partying type of couple. You are in the company of teetotalers. So toddler in tow, our first stop the Aquarium. A first for D.
We walked to Fell's Point and roamed through Little Italy. Neither neighborhood interesting.. I have seen much better but then again M and I wondered.. could that be the problem. That we have already seen quite a few delightfully charming neighborhoods.. not many.. but enough to what, make us neighborhood snobs! We are just getting started with our travels.. we couldn't be jaded already? Could we? We dined at Gia's Cafe in Little Italy. A nice meal which would have been much nicer if we hadn't felt like second rate citizens. We weren't sure if it was intentional or not but we were squashed into this tiny table with me facing the wall.. no plates or cutlery, we had to ask for it.. food took forever to come.. it was not the best way to start of the trip.
Our hotel was the Marriott Towne Place which was exactly what we needed. Clean, comfortable and reasonably priced. And we woke up to recharged and with hope that Baltimore would get more interesting.. and it did.. four words American Visionary Art Museum. You are not allowed to take pictures inside but this was enough to get us interested.
We ended up spending hours more than we had intended.. so much to see.. even the bathrooms were amazing.. their was a whole wall dedicated to farts, a ball of bras and a fallen angel dangled from the ceiling made of mirrors. And don't even get me started on the gift store, a place we never go into but this place just sucked us in and none of it was overpriced.. it was a vintage/retro heaven.
We said goodbye with a stop at Vaccaro's where we tried to eat a Coconut Creme Napoleon big enough to feed four.
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