Sunday, June 21, 2009

Man-cation

My friend Ian and I took a mini east coast vacation this past week. We flew to Baltimore Monday evening to visit our old Brainco friend Eric. A few days later the three of us drove to Philadelphia to see our other Brainco friend Drew (above Drew, Eric, Ian, and I are posing with the Rocky statue at the Philly art museum).

Baltimore was pretty rough in a few areas. Seen the Wire? Just like that. Notice my window is up. Row house door, row house door of cinder blocks, boarded up row house door. Not good.

First day in Baltimore we ate at Dizzie Izzie's across the street from Charm City Cakes, the location of the Food Network show Ace of Cakes. Before we ate I met Duff who was outside inspecting the repair of the bakery's AC.

After lunch I met Geof.

Later in the evening we caught a game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Nice venue.

We visited Fort McHenry. I felt somewhat obligated for obvious reasons.

It was really cool. This is the location best known for its role in the War of 1812 when it successfully defended Baltimore Harbor from an attack by the British navy in the Chesapeake Bay. After the bombing Francis Scott Key was inspired to write "The Star-Spangled Banner," the poem that would eventually become the national anthem.

Our stop at the American Visionary Art Museum was great. Amazing outside art!

Equally awesome art inside. The pencil tip art by Dalton Ghetti was fabulous.

Before we feasted on crab at Mr. Bill's Terrace Inn in Essex, MD.

After. Over an hour and a half later.

Down at the old Navy yards we visited Drew's lady friend Pruitt. She works at the Urban Outfitters HQ.

The headquarters are very impressive, lots of thought went in to everything.

All the buildings are former Navy warehouses. This is the main one.

Our hotel was right in the old historic area near Ben Franklin's house and his old fire station.

The Liberty Bell was my favorite. You can see Independence Hall outside. That was actually kind of boring. Until we walked in we all thought we were going to see the actual Declaration of Independence and Constitution. Nope, they're in the Nation Archives in DC. This was just a tour you needed advance tickets for and have to stand in line for multiple times.

The Philadelphia Magic Gardens. The entire inside floor to ceiling and outside two level garden is covered in crazy mosaic work.

Yep, Rocky stood here. I gingerly walk/ran the stairs. Same result; I felt like I was ready to go 15 rounds with Apollo.

Since we had to be at the airport around 4:30AM Saturday is it a surprise we decided to go get cheese steaks at 3AM, post bar? Make that two (okay, three; we also stopped at Tony Luke's the previous day for lunch). I had this pizza cheese steak at Pat's then grabbed another across the street at Gino's for the walk back to Drew's apartment. Leaving that early was terrible, but the trip was fun.

2 comments:

laehmc said...

i know that a picture is not as good as the "real think"..but wow..real;l;y have a "feel" for what you experienced. thanks for sharing so much!

Gin said...

trip looks awesome! totally know what you mean about baltimore...and i am extrememly jealous about duff and geof, sigh...