OLD ST. PAUL' S CHURCH
Favorite thing: Located at Charles and Saratoga Streets, OLD ST. PAUL'S CHURCH, is fondly known as the "Mother Church of Baltimore". The current building, Italian Romanesque in style with many Tiffany windows, dates from 1856 and is one of the city's architectural gems, as well as a symbol of a vibrant failth community in the Anglican tradition.
Mon. and Wed. to Fri. Celebration of Eucharist 12:15 p.m.
Thursday open for prayer and meditation
Sunday services 8:00 a.m. 10.30 a.m. and 5.30 p.m.
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Art Deco gem
Favorite thing: The Bank of America Building was originally built in the 1930s as the Baltimore Trust Building. Bank of America took the name in 2001, but the building stood as the tallest building in the city until 1973.
Is this Florence, Italy?
Favorite thing: The Bromo-Seltzer clocktower was built in 1911 and modeled after the tower in the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence. It was built by the inventor of Bromo-Seltzer (a headache medicine) and originally there was a giant replica of the Bromo-Seltzer bottle on top of the clock, but it was removed in the 1930s due to structural concerns. Nevertheless, the tower has become a landmark of the city of Baltimore.
Good cup of coffee
Favorite thing: If you're in Fells Point in the morning, stop by The Daily Grind just across from the police precinct along the waterfront. Good coffee and a great atmosphere. There are two other locations, but this one is at 1720 Thames Street.
Favorite thing: This is a great website that has links to many of the historic sights in Baltimore
National Park Service Historic sights
General information on the city
Information on Fells Point
Information on Mount Vernon
Eating in Baltimore
Favorite thing: Baltimore has a pretty fancy visitors center located at the Inner Harbor. It's a mostly glass structure which lets in a lot of light and provides a festive atmosphere. There are racks of brochures and guides to just about every activity one can image from shopping, museum going, sporting events, live music, and performance arts. The friendly staff are very willing to help and answer any questions a visitor may have. This is a perfect place to start your visit to this fascinating city.
The visitors center is located at 401 Light Street. You can give them a call at 877-BALTIMORE and/or visit them on the web at www.baltimore.org/visitors/v_vc.html
Hours are 9am-6pm daily.
Favorite thing: As a coffee freak, I was forced to find a shop near my hotel. Caribou Coffee is apparently a chain from MN, but I don't have any in Florida. The coffee is pretty good, but they aren't open on Sundays! Sunday is the best day for coffee, so I found that quite perplexing.
Fondest memory: http://www.cariboucoffee.com/locations/locations.asp?state=md
how to read an address
Favorite thing: While this doesn't work everywhere in the city, Fells Point, for example, most of the central core is divided between Charles Street, which runs north to south and divides the city between east and west, and Baltimore Street, which runs east and west and divides the city between north and south.
For example, going to an adddress in the 1800 block of E. Baltimore Street, you would be 18 blocks east of Baltimore and Charles Streets.
Pretty simple, huh?
Favorite thing: In the 1940s, Charles Street was one way going south. Then in 1953, a "swaggering, self-taught traffic engineer named Henry A. Barnes" came to Baltimore and changed the traffic flow. In his 1965 autobiography, "The Man With the Red and Green Eyes" he reported that on traffic hearings on the plan to reverse Charles Street, "one female citizen . . . came dripping in mink and exuding all the old airs of historic Baltimore. . . . 'You just don't understand, Mr. Barnes,' she said. 'You're a newcomer here. We have traditions in Baltimore. . . . If you reverse the direction of the street, you're making it easy for the people of South Baltimore to use Charles . . . and they will.'"
I remember Barnes (I was in HS then). Most of what he did made a lot of sense to me.
I had a Pittsburgh college friend who came to live in Baltimore. She could not get over how easy Baltimore was to drive in compared to Pittsburgh (and I have to say also compared to D.C. or Boston).
Fondest memory: One of the things Barnes did was move a lot of monuments out of the middle of streests.
From a Baltimore City Paper article by Tom Chalkley in 2001:
"He considered Baltimore's fondness for monuments a monument to municipal insanity: "Next to crab cakes, [monuments] were the citizens' second greatest passion. It didn't matter if the monument was an eyesore, if it was erected to someone who had long since been forgotten, or if it was a menace to their own lives and property." The "worst of these dillies," he wrote, was the pedestal honoring Johns Hopkins, which sat in the middle of Charles near Johns Hopkins University. Nicknamed "The Birthday Cake," the Hopkins shaft had caused a number of fatalities prior to Barnes' arrival. Defying his critics, he moved it to its present-day niche at Charles and 33rd Street, where, Barnes wrote, "the sports fan could view it in awe and admiration . . . after the Orioles had lost to the visiting team.""Related to:
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Favorite thing: Baltimore is lucky to have two fine medical schools in the city.
My dad taught Anatomy at the University of Maryland Medical School which was (along with the other professional schools of Law, Pharmacy and Dentistry and the hospital) in Baltimore City.
But most people only knew Johns Hopkins medical school and hospital. So when I said my dad was a medical school professor, they'd always ask "Hopkins?" and I would always say, "No, the University of Maryland". They would say "Oh" in a very disappointed, dismissing tone.
This used to irritate me because I thought my dad was the best and resented the idea that he must be in some way inferior because he was not at Hopkins. I haven't really changed my mind about Hopkins.
I feel that in some cases they trade on their reputation which is sometimes a bit inflated. The University gets less grants, and is ranked lower because the rankings take Hopkins reputation (gained in the late 1800s and early 1900s) into account.
Fondest memory: Although my sister would disagree with me, one of the things I liked best to do was to go down to the gross anatomy lab and watch the medical students dissecting the cadavers. I thought this was fascinating - the smell of formaldehyde is nostalgic for me.
When I reached puberty (around age 11-12) my mom made me stop going down there because I reported to her that one of the students had told me that I had 'fine bones' and wouldn't ever be fat. (Obviously he was wrong about that!!) This set off her maternal alarm bells, and after that I wasn't allowed down there without my dad.Related to:
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Favorite thing: Baltimore as a city has a certain feel to it that is brought home to the visitor through its architecture. i'm not talking about glass and steel McSkyscrapers, I'm talking about where people live. This picture gives you a good example because a lot of Baltimore just looks like this. Perhaps to others it is really nothing, but to me it is unique, not quite colonial and not quite strictly utilitarian.
Fondest memory: Baltimore has a feel that in some ways is like my own city, kind of hardworking and tough. But Baltimore really has a sense of history that Chicago doesn't have and that's what really intrigued me. It doesn't have the same kind of pretentious intellectual underpinnings that nearby Philadelphia seems to have, but just kind of reverberates with something smart and different. This street could be anywhere in Baltimore
Ask the Locals!
Favorite thing: I understand that in this day and age of technology, so much research can be done over the Internet. But if you really want to get out there and experience Baltimore for all that it has to offer, ask the locals!
If you're walking through the Inner Harbor and want to experience some great Maryland seafood, think twice before you stroll into Phillip's Seafood. Although it does boast great harbor-front views, this chain restaurant is over-priced and doesn't offer the true spirit of Maryland seafood. Ask around. Talk to the guy selling souveniers, or to the girl walking through the mall....I'm sure they'll offer up better seafood choices, like Obrycki's (http://www.obryckis.com/index.asp), or perhaps Bertha's (734 S. Broadway, in Fells Point).
Want to chug a few beers? Don't waste your time at your hotel bar! Ask the young bellman or the hip front desk chick where THEY go drinking with friends. I'm sure they'll avoid telling you of the tourist traps, and will most likely recommend the places they go to delve into great beers and local microbrews. For example, The Wharf Rat, with two locations (one in Fells Point, and one across the street from Camden Yards) offers amazing beers, including beers by Oliver's Breweries Ltd., which are made at the Wharf Rat Brewery in downtown Baltimore.
No matter what your interest, no matter what you hope to see and do when in Baltimore, don't forget to ask the locals! We'll be more than happy to point you in the right direction...tell you a quicker way to get to your destination...and recommend some great places to eat, drink, and be merry.
So gather up as much information you can on the Internet, highlight key areas on your map of Baltimore, but when push comes to shove, ask one of us locals when you see us on the street. We open our arms to tourists, and would love to help make your visit to Baltimore unforgettable!
View from Canton
Favorite thing: Here is a view of the Baltimore skyline from Canton. This part of the city was once all water front warehouses and not very attractive. Many of the warehouses have been renovated and are now loft apartments and offices. Much of the area has been cleared out, cleaned up, and ready for photography.
Take a Walk in Canton
Favorite thing: Canton is one of the area's in Baltimore that have been recently renovated and tourist friendly. There are sidewalks and trails along the water front and through the marina's. You will find many restaurants and some great photo oppotunites along this portion of the harbor. Not as crowded as The Inner Harbor area, Canton is fast becoming more or a tourist attraction almost daily.
This is a fun picture taken along the water front in Canton with some whimsical street art.
Take me to the ballpark
Favorite thing: My most favorite thing about Baltimore was a visit of a Baltimore Orioles Major League baseball game at Camden Yards. Great atmosphere. From the outside the stadium with its red bricks looks more like an old warehouse than a baseball stadium.
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