Time Tripping in Baltimore

Though Baltimore is just down the road from my suburban, Washington DC-centric life, I hadn’t really seen the city.

A recent day spent walking through Baltimore’s past and present, provided a bit of a correction.  

There were, of course, old buildings made new.

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Buildings preserved, like the historic Emerson Bromo-Seltzer Tower…built in 1911 and inspired by the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy.

(Though bromo-selzter is probably not the best calling-card for a tourist town).

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And buildings as backdrops.

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Some buildings were allowed to languish…

(Unlike my other home town–Victoria, BC–American cities appears to have lost interest in providing public “comfort”)

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We saw cool window art — with this store honoring filmmaker John Waters, Baltimore’s Pope of Trash.

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  A Baltimore walk will also get you to museums off the beaten track.

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Where the body is the backdrop.

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And Geppi’s Entertainment Museum… a pop culture explosion of images, guaranteed to take you back.

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This privately run museum near Camden Yards is 16,000 square feet of fun, with six million pop culture artifacts arrayed from floor to ceiling.

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Most of all, walking in one of America’s oldest cities is a form of time travel.

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And to our surprise, we landed on the Privateer Festival.   

A community celebration of Baltimoreans who take their dress-up seriously…and have fun doing it.

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This guy’s finger fetish aside, we learned there is a difference between pirates and privateers.

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Of course, what these seafaring adventurers have in common is…? (drum roll!)

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No, not dogs…

Parrots!

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All in all, a spring back-in-time weekend in Baltimore…

is a present day treat.

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Which reminds me.  Baltimore is also the home of baseball’s greatest ballplayer.

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Safe at home…

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