Baltimore

Baltimore is the perfect city for a weekend getaway. It is not very big and you can visit everything without rushing.
I had a very pleasant weekend and I also had my first couchsurfing experience, which was really satisfying.
Before going down into details, here some info:

Baltimore is the largest city in the State of Maryland and the largest independent city in the United States.
Founded in 1729, is the second largest seaport in the Mid-Atlantic United States. Baltimore’s Inner Harbor was once the second leading port of entry for immigrants to the United States and a major manufacturing center.
Also, Baltimore has been dubbed “a city of neighborhoods” because there are  hundreds of identified districts.

SATURDAY DAY 1
I left in the morning and I drove for three hours. It was ok because there was no traffic an I had my personal compilation: 883 to not lose the good habits, all time low to get ready for the concert and panic! At the disco for any particular reason. So I turned the volume up and I spent my travel singing and thinking about my life.
Once in Baltimore I drove to the bus station to pick up my buddy! She is an au pair too and a follower of my blog. I was really excited to meet her!

  • National Aquarium – 501 E Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21202
    It was our first stop. We saw lots of colorful animals and personally I didn’t find it long and boring, butperfect for an afternoon. An advice: we asked the guy in front of the aquarium for a parking lot and he gave us directions for a specific parking. We thought the parking had an agreement with the aquarium since he told us to carry  the parking ticket with us and make the aquarium validate it before leaving. However there was no agreement and we only got a stupid 5$ discount. In the end we paid 19$ for the parking! What a robbery! Later we discovered that you can park on the street (sure it takes a little bit longer to find a spot) for just 2$ per hour and since you need about 3 hours to visit the aquarium imagine the save…
  • Mount Vernon: Designated a National Historic Landmark District and a city Cultural District, it is one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods and originally was home to the city’s most wealthy and fashionable families. Since we had time we took a walk admiring architecture, parks and landscapes.
  • Washington monument – 699 Washington Pl, Baltimore, MD 21201
    Probably not everybody knows that this is the original monument erected to commemorate the president
  • Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church and Asbury House – 10 E Mt Vernon Pl, Baltimore, MD 21202

SUNDAY DAY 2

    • Fort McHenry:  –  2400 E Fort Ave, Baltimore, MD 21230
      The weather was awful, but bravely we drove all the way down there and I am glad we did because I think it was a really good visit. The story of the Baltimore’s battle and how the anthem was born was very interesting. I also enjoyed the walk in the fort but because of the freezing rain it closed early. So the last part of the visit was in a hurry and this bothered me.
    • Top of the World Observation Level401 E Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21202
      We were supposed to go there in the afternoon to see the skyline, but since the weather was so awful we unwillingly had to give up. I regret not going on Saturday especially because we had time.
    • Inner harbor. It is really nice walking here and probably with the good season, when it gets alive it is even better. There are lots of shops all over the harbor. The lighthouse is really particular.

After this last stop I brought my friend back to the bus station and I headed home. It was a very long drive because the roads were very bad and I even found 3/4 car accidents In the end I arrived home safe and sound!

Where to eat
Cheesecake Factory. This chain is famous all over the world and in Baltimore is in the middle of the harbor, so thanks to the bad weather we took the chance. The cakes are really good!

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Where we slept

This was my first couchsurfing experience. Our host was Josh and saturday night we met him and his roommate. We were all tired because of the travel/work but we had a very cool night. We talked a lot, we shared experiences, stories, opinion… He gave us his room and to thank him for the hospitality we brought him a bottle of wine. I also have to say that the house was very warm and clean!

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