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