Having a light snack lunch.
If you want a small snack for lunch and are not used to American servings, be careful what you order!
We had looked in all the small cafe/restaurants in the row seen here and after studying the menu went in to order a sandwich. They did not do Takeaway and we were invited to take a table. We watched as others were served submarines and torpedoes and were thankful we had only ordered a sandwich.
Ater what seemed quite a long time for a something as simple as a ham & salad sandwich the smiling waitress arrived with a laden tray. -The sandwiches were enormous and dripping with ham, the large salads came on separate plates, there were two "buckets"of fries and a chunk of bread with a pot of butter each. Our lemonades were served in pint sized glasses.
All delicious but far too much food - even though the cost was modest. I don't think they "do" light snacks in America!
Naval Academy and John Paul Jones
Visit the Naval Academy and the John Paul Jones Tomb.
The purpose of our visit was the chapel in which there is the John Paul Jones vault. John Paul Jones is considered as the father of the US navy during the American Revolution. With a small fleet, he brought the war at the door of England, in the North Sea.
Between his officers was the lieutenant Pierre Frederic Blondel de Bellebrongue, a Swiss, my wife's ancester, who served on the Frigate Pallas. She participated to the famous Bonhomme Richard Battle and after to have defeated a British ship, Blondel came on board of the Bonhomme to help John Paul Jones.
TO SEE MORE AND TO KNOW THE STORY OF THE COMMODORE JONES : GO TO THE TRAVELOGUE
On the grounds of the Statehouse is a statue of Major General Baron Johann de Kalb sculpted in Rome by Ephraim Keyser, which was placed on 16 August 1886 at the time of an address being delivered by Thomas F. Bayard, of Delaware. I find that Thomas F. Bayard was a US Senator (D) until he resigned in 1885 to be Secretary of State in the Cabinet of President Grover Cleveland between 1885-1889. I don't know why he was making a speech about de Kalb.
De Kalb was a German baron born in Huttendorf, Bavaria, 29 July, 1721, who served in the French army. During the Revolutionary War, he commanded the Delaware and Maryland forces in Camden SC, when Cornwallis and Gates decided to attack. He was wounded, and died three days after the battle, and is buried at Camden.
I'm not exactly sure why his statue is here except that in 1817, the Maryland House of Delegates passed a Resolution (No. 74) to memorialize General deKalb.
Other Memorials on the State House grounds are:
A statue of Roger Brooke Taney by William Henry Rinehart. A native of Calvert County, Roger Brooke Taney served in both the Maryland House of Delegates and the Senate. He also served the national government as acting U.S. Secretary of War, U.S. Attorney General, Secretary of the Treasury, and chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. This statue was unveiled on December 11, 1872.
St. Mary's City Cannon. This cannon was brought to Maryland from England by the first settlers in 1634 and mounted on the walls of the fort at old St. Mary's. It was recovered from the St. Mary's River in 1822 and presented to the State in 1840 by Rev. Joseph Carbery. The tablet was placed by the Peggy Stewart Tea Party Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution of Annapolis, Maryland, on Maryland Day, March 25, 1908.
USS Maryland Bell. The battleship USS Maryland was decommissioned in 1947 and its bell was presented to the state and installed on the State House grounds in 1960.
There are numerous plaques inside the State House
Forrestal Lecture - once a...
Forrestal Lecture - once a month all of the midshipmen are required to attend this lecture series in Alumni Hall. There is a great variety in speakers, from physicists to Elizabeth Dole or an expert on central Asia. The lectures are usually great and very well-presented, and it's great to see 4,000 midshipmen in their whites filling the seats.
I'm not sure how you can arrange to go but I'm sure it's possible by calling.
In June, we took the car to be serviced (we have to drive to Baltimore to do that) and we met Bob's friend Ed and his wife for dinner at the Main Ingredient Cafe. This place was originally Gary's Grill. The Main Ingredient started out as a catering firm and gradually took over the Gary's Grill site. The food is very good here and reasonable. They had a two for $28 early bird special, which includes a cup of soup or a salad, a main course with two vegetables and dessert. Ed had the Cafe Meatloaf with mushroom gravy, his wife had Chicken au Poivree (pictured), Bob had Beer Battered Fish and Chips (pictured), and I had Chicken Pasta Palermo (pictured). I took some of mine home. I had the soup for starters (middle left), and others had the tossed salad (bottom) or the blue cheese and walnut salad (top left).
We all had a hard time chosing the desserts. Our friends got a cheesecake which they split between them and then took the other dessert home. Bob had a chocolate cake, and I had a fruit pastry with whipped cream (pictured).