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City of Ravens

Things that make me love the Baltimore area

sunny 65 °F

Every visit I make to Baltimore is specifically to visit family, not blood relatives, but people that have been chosen. I have a great family, don't misunderstand me, but there is something extra special about people you love and who love you regardless of blood. I don't know how many times I've visited them, but each trip is special, busy, yet relaxing and feels like home. We always have fabulous home cooked meals, cocktails, scrabble games, and cuddles with 2 of my favorite pups, (one of whom sadly passed on yesterday).

Boudreaux

Boudreaux

Penny May

Penny May

I have a few favorites from this area, but I have to admit something first... I love visiting the graves of deceased writers, I don't know why, or when it really started even, but it's something I will seek out. Poe being one of my favorites, I love his writing style, the darkness, and of course his love of ravens.

Poe

Poe

Of course, one of my favorite couples is also nearby in a cute little town perfect for a little day trip.

Fitzgerald

Fitzgerald

Seeing as how my travel blog is more of a scrapbook of my memories than it is for anyone else I feel perfectly okay inserting photos that I love, no matter how creepy or odd others may find them, and this little horse is one of those. Found after a hike on an old railroad track north of Baltimore. I assume it was once part of a playground for a school, or maybe a park, but disuse lead to it's raggedy and tragic appearance, which I adore.

playground horse

playground horse

Some places I have visited, tours I have taken and enjoyed in Baltimore are below.

Birroteca Pizza and beer http://www.bmorebirroteca.com/

Tir na Nog pub http://www.tirnanogbaltimore.com/homepage.php

The neighborhood of Fell's Point though trendy is still astonishingly enjoyable, there are families, singles, people from every culture intermingling as they should be, the variety of shops and restaurants is varied, and some of the architecture is old enough to be interesting.

Go see a play, pack a picnic, and don't forget your lawn chairs and wine, this is superbly fun http://www.chesapeakeshakespeare.com/

If you're a history buff, you have to spend a day at Fort McHenry, the boat tours that take you out there are pretty nice too.

on the way to Fort McHenry

on the way to Fort McHenry

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briefly NYC

Good food, random art, old friends and new tats

semi-overcast 20 °F

This past week I visited friends in my "hometown" of NYC, it was a short trip, some sweet, some not so sweet. Favorite stops along the trail included the High Line Park, best entered at 23rd Street and 10th Avenue (because of Sandy the elevator is not working so if you are traveling with a stroller, enjoy). It's also not open after around 5pm currently so if you were hoping for a view of the city lights you may want to try elsewhere. The High Line is built on an old elevated subway track, it's lovely, has moments of peaceful calm and at the right time I bet it would even seem tranquil, glimpses of grand street art, and a few views that anyone would consider stunning. My favorite sight from there?

V-J Day Kiss

V-J Day Kiss

Anyone who has ever watched the Food Network or Travel channels knows that one of the prime reasons to visit NYC is food. There is an abundance of great places to eat and they are rather worldly. Having lived here for 9 years previously (with plans to return in October 2013) I have a lot of favorite places and I do my best to fit in several of them each trip. I was short on time this trip, but still made it to a few of those. Dumont at 432 Union Street in Williamsburg Brooklyn has the best mac and cheese I have ever tasted, the mix of cheeses they use is tasty, but add in chunks of bacon and a creaminess I can't seem to replicate and it becomes divine. I wouldn't even attempt to get in after 7pm any night of the week without a reservation. Oh, the burgers are pretty damn excellent too, and my favorite appetizer is without a doubt the artichoke and lemon salad, sweet, sharp and crunchy! The highlight of the visit was Little Cricket, my friends 3 year old son, over dinner at Dumont he made his own concoction, possibly a hangover cure (it would at best help you to empty your stomach quickly). A mix of tap water, cheerio's brought from home, french fries off of Auntie M's plate, and pickles!

Hangover Concoction Fail

Hangover Concoction Fail

I had my friend do a quick drive-by of Madison Square Park so I could run over and get a shot of this magnificent installation (made the little girl who likes to play with different shapes and colors in my head smile). Leo Villareal’s BUCKYBALL is a giant brightly lit intellectual conversation piece, I wish it was permanent.

Villareal’s BUCKYBALL

Villareal’s BUCKYBALL

I ended my last evening of the trip at my favorite tattoo parlor, http://www.threekingstattoo.com getting a cover up, as I had promised myself I wouldn't get any more tat's until I was 100% happy with the ones I had. They generally ask that you come in person to make an appointment and put down a deposit to hold the spot (they do take walk in's, but this place is busy), I emailed about a week ahead of time and did my deposit via paypal with no problems at all.

A few places worthy of a mention with their yelp reviews and info...

http://www.yelp.com/biz/artichoke-basilles-pizza-new-york-2

http://www.yelp.com/biz/pommes-frites-new-york#query:pommes%20frites

http://www.yelp.com/biz/dinosaur-bar-b-que-new-york-2#query:dinosaur%20bbq

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