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Deep Into Enemy Territory: Baltimore

Published on February 26, 2013 by

Located a mere 2 1/2 hours from our fair city lies our mortal enemy: Baltimore.

A few points:
1. We’ve already covered how Baltimore stole Richmond native Poe just because he died there. (And I still have my suspicions, Baltimore!)
2. C. F. Sauer has been a Richmond based spice company since 1887. McCormick and Company was founded in 1889 and also sells spices. Our sign is cooler.
3. The “Washington” Redskins (when are they ever in Washington?) will soon be training in RVA. All the more reason to hate the Browns… I mean Ravens. (Naming them after a Poe poem is salt in the wound, man.)

However, if you feel like doing some recon work, Baltimore is a pretty nifty place to visit. The Inner Harbor is what our Canal Walk should be (only ours should be better, of course). And Federal Hill , with its insanely narrow streets and complete lack of parking, is a really interesting place to explore.

I forgot my camera, but I was able to get some good shots with my phone. As you will see, the National Aquarium was clearly my favorite spot. But first, I travelled 150 miles… I’m going to Poe’s grave.

Curse you Baltimore!  And your padlocks, too!

Curse you Baltimore! And your padlocks, too!

And of course, it’s locked. You know what? Screw you, Baltimore! Who locks down a church graveyard, let alone in a Sunday! Sigh… I was able to perch atop the spiked fence and see it. We then went to Baltimore’s version of The Poe Musuem…

And kept driving. That is a rough looking neighborhood.

Fort McHenry is infinitely more interesting than Fort Lee. I highly recommend the video at the beginning. It was actually very well done.

Oh say, can you see?

Oh say, can you see?

It was SO cold, but really cool.  And I was glad to use my National Park Pass!

It was SO cold, but really cool. And I was glad to use my National Park Pass!

And then there’s The National Aquarium. It’s not cheap, but I think it was definitely worth it.

If it lands on your dish, but it's not quite a fish... that's a moray!

If it lands on your dish, but it’s not quite a fish… that’s a moray!

He tried to touch me with his noodly appendage!

He tried to touch me with his noodly appendage!

 

Actually, he appears to be asleep.

Actually, he appears to be asleep.

OMG, puffins!

OMG, puffins!

 

I would normally consider this a bad photo, I was waiting for him to get all the way into the frame.  He yawned (do sharks yawn?) so I had to take the picture quick!

I would normally consider this a bad photo, I was waiting for him to get all the way into the frame. He yawned (do sharks yawn?) so I had to take the picture quick!

And then there was the ridiculously photogenic jellyfish exhibit...

And then there was the ridiculously photogenic jellyfish exhibit…

 

The lady who let us into the exhibit was telling us about the jellybeans inside.

The lady who let us into the exhibit was telling us about the jellybeans inside.

Not a jellybean.

Not a jellybean.

 

Jellyfish rampant on an azure background.  Never fly the flag upside down, unless the apartment is in danger.

Jellyfish rampant on an azure background. Never fly the flag upside down, unless the apartment is in danger.

The photo ops were astounding!

The photo ops were astounding!  I felt like I was in Metroid!

 

Beautiful, but NOPE!  I'm never going into the ocean again.

Beautiful, but NOPE! I’m never going into the ocean again.

All in all Baltimordor is an interesting place.  You definitely get the feel that it is a more northern city than Richmond, which is surprising because it is so close.  The people (they call themselves Baltimorians, not Baltimorons) definitely do not have the same southern hospitality that really starts in Richmond and gets stronger the further south you go.  NIce place to visit, but I think I’ll stay in RVA!

 
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